Island Favorite, Chef Chris Aycock, Takes the Helm At Mahogany Bay Village Restaurants

Last week I received an invitation to a party at Mahogany Bay Village – a grand re-opening of their restaurant with a new chef—a new chef to MBV’s kitchen but definitely not new to Ambergris Caye.

Chef Chris Aycock has lived and worked on this island for most of his life – since he was a kid. He was one of the founding owners and long time chef at Ambergris Caye hotspot, Blue Water Grill. He then worked as the Executive Chef at Rain Restaurant at Grand Caribe Resort. And after some time in the States – where he ran restaurants in both Colorado and Hawaii, Chris is back in Belize. Taking the reins at one of the island’s largest resorts and restaurants, Verandah at Mahogany Bay Village.

Invite for Grand Reopening Party

Jeff and I headed down for the party and to support our friend, Chris.

Mahogany Bay Village is located about 1.5 miles south of San Pedro town. (For a full guide to Ambergris Caye – click here) The main building for the hotel/resort is The Great House which contains the lobby, lots of seating areas, a outside beautiful bar and pool and the Verandah Restaurant.

The Great House at MBV at night
Properly named The Great House is HUGE
The Grand Staircase to the Great House
The huge staircase up to the porch
Seating on the front porch
Lots of seating – here on the front porch

We were there at 6pm – but in Belize, though an invitation might say the party starts at 6pm, many of the guests don’t arrive until 7…or later.

But it gives me a chance to take some photos of the beautiful furnishings in this very grand room. It’s all so perfectly Out-of-Africa-gin-and-tonics-after-a-day-on-the-savannahs chic.

Grand piano
Fittingly, a musician was playing on the grand piano

The front desk on the opposite side of the room.

Front Desk at MBV

Pretty cocktails and even prettier small plates.

Bar at MBV
Champagne being passed

The menu for the passed plates. Everything sounds delicious. Chef Chris is an amazing sushi chef – you can see it in the menu.

Passed hordeovres
Filet mignon wraps
Passed starters

I stopped taking pictures after these…the food was absolutely delicious. And the dinner menu looks amazing too. One of those menus where every single thing sounds like one you want to try. A menu that has you negotiating with your tablemates to make sure you can taste from everyone’s plate.

Dinner menu at MBV

A peek inside the main inside dining room since we were not able to stay for dinner.

Dinning room at MBV
Long view of the restaurant - white table cloths and napkins

And then just out the door to the pool…one last couple enjoying the water as the sun set.

Pool deck at MBV

As the room filled, we snuck out. We have a big golfcart ride home to North Ambergris Caye! Management was welcoming Chris to the team and introducing him to those who don’t know him yet.

Chris and Management at MBV

The food is amazing – Chris is going to be a great addition.

Party people

One more look at the pretty pool.

Moon over the pool

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  1. David Martin on November 20th, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Now that’s a tasting Party! I’m impressed that an event like this, where the dress code in many places would be business to formal, here in Belize it’s just island casual. In fact it’s so laid back that the piano man is barefoot! Most interesting picture: the champagne flute. It’s actually leaning…

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 21st, 2023 at 4:51 pm

      I was playing around with the picture…I couldn’t figure out if the bar was tilting or the tray or the glass… 🙂

      • David Martin on November 23rd, 2023 at 10:46 am

        I noticed that the angle of the champagne is level with the bar shelves behind it.

  2. Andrew on November 20th, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    The last photo has a squadron of UAP’s flying over the pool.

  3. Nick on November 21st, 2023 at 6:41 am

    Did you see those UFO above the pool?? I bet they were wishing they could come in an induldge!

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 21st, 2023 at 4:50 pm

      That would be cool but alas, my IPhone 14 leaves dots on my night time pictures. I keep meaning to read about it…if it’s “a thing” or I just don’t know how to work my phone!

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 25th, 2023 at 8:46 am

      Ha. Now THAT would be a SCOOP!

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