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Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan Recipes - Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C, Argen   
Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan - Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, MexicoExecutive Chef and A&B Manager Juan Luis Rúelas Almazán of Casa Velas en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico graciously shares his culinary vision and a delicious taste of the restaurant with his recipes for Watermelon, Arugula, Feta Cheese, Mandarin Salad with Cassis Vinaigrette, and Snapper and Langoustine Adobo Pibil Style. Bon Appetit!

 

We had the opportunity to meet Chef Juan Luis during a trip to Puerto Vallarta in late April 2014 when we took a Sensorial Workshop and Tequila Tasting with culinary pairings at Casa Velas, in their beautiful botanical garden.

Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan - Casa Velas, Puerto Vellarta, Mexico - photo by Luxury Experience
Chef Juan Luis Rúelas Almazán

For Chef Juan Luis, his passion for cooking comes from his family, which led him to his chosen profession more than 16 years ago. He is originally from the Center of Puerto Vallarta, a famous tourist area known for its grand gastronomy.

For him, the kitchen is a work of art where the passion and the artist's personality and mood are reflected in his new creations. His profession as a chef has provided him with the opportunity to travel throughout Mexico. He received a culinary diploma in 2004, in recognition of the Abastur contest in Mexico City, and he has participated in two gastronomic festivals in Puerto Vallarta.

Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan - Casa Velas, Puerto Vellarta, Mexico - photo by Luxury Experience
Chef Juan Luis Rúelas Almazán and Sous Chef
Food Pairing at Tequila Tasting
 
 

Luxury Experience
Who has inspired you throughout your career?
   
Chef Juan Luis
My passion and what I do day to day inspire and motivate  me to do new things, like my father, who is also a chef.
   
Luxury Experience
What is your favorite ingredient?
   
Chef Juan Luis
I like Asian products and mixing elements of Thai and Indian cuisine and merging them with the flavors of Mexico to create a fusion cuisine,"Mexican-Asian."
   
Luxury Experience
When not working in the restaurant, what do you like to do in your free time?
   
Chef Juan Luis
I spend time with my family, and for that little time, the food is jealous, but quality time spent with my family is always best.
   
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Have you worked outside of Puerto Vallarta?
   
Chef Juan Luis
Yes, I have had the good fortune to work in Los Cabos, Baja California, Acapulco Guerrero, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and Vera Cruz which was very interesting, as the Spanish influenced local cuisine of Puerto Vallarta is very particular.
   

Executive Chef and A&B Manager Juan Luis Rúelas Almazan graciously shares a delicious taste of the restaurant with his recipes for Watermelon, Arugula, Feta Cheese, Mandarin Salad with Cassis Vinaigrette, and Snapper and Langoustine Adobo Pibil Style until you can visit Puerto Vallarta. Bon Appetit!

Executive Chef Juan Luis Rúelas Almazán
Casa Velas en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
The Menu
 

Watermelon, Arugula, Feta Cheese, Mandarin Salad with Cassis Vinaigrette
Snapper and Langoustine Adobo Pibil Style

The Recipes

Watermelon, Arugula, Feta Cheese - Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Watermelon, Arugula, Feta Cheese, Mandarin Salad with Cassis Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

200
Grams (7 oz)
Watermelon, cut into rectangles
10
Grams (0.35 oz)
Arugula
80
Grams (2.82 oz)
Mandarin Orange Segments
1
Ounce
Blackcurrent Pulp
3
Ounces
Olive Oil
5
Grams (0.18)
Dijon Mustard
2
Grams (pinch)
Salt
2
Grams (pinch)
Black Pepper
   
Feta Cheese, crumbled

Method for the Cassis Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, mix the blackcurrent pulp, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper with a whisk until incorporated.

Salad Assembly: Place the rectangular pieces of watermelon in the center of the plate. Mix the arugula and a little feta cheese with a little vinaigrette. Create a tower on top of the watermelon pieces alternating arugula and mandarin segments. Finish with a little more vinaigrette.

Snapper, Langoustine, Adobo Pibi Style - Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Snapper and Langoustine Adobo Pibil Style

Ingredients:

500
Grams (1 lb)
Snapper
1
 
Langoustine
150
Grams (5.29 oz)
Achiote Powder (also called Annotto)
1
 
Orange
20
Grams (0.7 oz)
Salt
10
Grams (0.35 oz)
Black Pepper
50
Grams (1.76 oz)
Jalapeño
10
Ounces
White Vinegar
10
Ounces
Olive Oil
120
Grams (4.23 oz)
Pineapple, sliced
5
Grams (0.18)
Fresh Rosemary, sprig

Method for Adobo: Place the following ingredients in a blender, achiote, salt, pepper, jalapeno, white vinegar, and blend. Slowly add the olive oil to make a thick dressing.

Chef Juan Luis Ruelas Almazan - Casa Velas, Puerto Vellarta, Mexico
Chef Juan Luis Prepping

Assembly: Marinate the snapper and langoustine in the prepared achiote mixture, place in a 4-inch (10-cm ring mold) on a baking pan, and bake in a 350◦ F (180◦ C) oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the ring mold, and position on a piece of grilled pineapple, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Read about the Sensorial Workshop and Tequila Tasting at Casa Velas in the Destinations section.

Casa Velas, Puerto Vellarta, Mexico
Casa Velas

Casas Velas is a luxury all-inclusive boutique hotel for adults only.

Casa Velas, Puerto Vellarta, Mexico

Casas Velas
Calle Pelícanos 311
Fracc. Marina Vallarta
48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Mexico
Reservations:  +1-877-418-3011
From Mexico:   +01-800-837-3982
Other Parts:     +52- 322-226-8670
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Website:         
www.HotelCasaVelas.com
Facebook:      
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Please read other articles on Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, Spas, Chefs' Recipes, Adventures, and Gastronomy sections.

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