Club Med Bahamas- Gazpacho Recipe by Chef Stephanie Izard


Chef Stephanie Izard

I’m backtracking a bit here to the first evening at Columbus Isle. The first 1/2 day flew like the wind and I’m finally getting around to looking through the photographs of the whirlwind day. Thank goodness for pictures to remind me of what all happened or else I’d have little reminder of what I ate and ……how skinnier I was 4 days ago.

Believe me, four days of Club Med gluttony has me wearing elastic waisted pants now. My size 9 jeans that I wore on Saturday into the Bahamas can’t button up any more. Sigh.

What I enjoy about Food and Wine Festival week at Club Med are all the fabulous food demonstrations throughout the day. Presented by talented chefs from around the United States, each demonstration is a reflection of his/her specialty talents, cooking techniques and  flavors. And, of course, there’s plenty of free samples for all the guests!

Lucky I brought my sweat pants to wear towards the end of the week. Again, sigh.

Stephanie Izard, last season’s Top Chef winner, presented a cooking demonstration for her mango & almond white gazpacho with spiced shrimp. Now I’ve never been won over by a gazpacho soup because really, to me, soup needs to be hot. I grew up eating soup that was HOT and anything that was cold was no good and a sacrilege. Cold soup in my household was a neglected soup.

So when I heard of the dish, I wasn’t too ecstatic about it, but when I did taste it, Stephanie won me over. I was floored at the nutty undertones and bright, crisp layers of mango flavor. The bounce of the perfectly cooked spiced shrimp gave a wonderful bite to the smooth gazpacho. This dish is beyond EXCELLENT. I had two servings. Oh yes I did.

Why not have two servings, right? At an amazing all inclusive resort like this, it’s all part of the deal.

Mango & Almond White Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings

Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 whole mango, peeled and sliced
  • 1 whole English cucumber, peeled & sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Pass through a sieve.
  4. Serve with shrimp salad
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Heidi Robb

    I looooove the picture of Elise and David.

  2. Asianmommy

    Ooh–the gazpacho looks fabulous!

  3. Kevin

    That Gazpacho sounds really good!

  4. Diana

    What fun! I’m so excited to try this recipe, all I need to get is mango and some almonds.

  5. Manggy

    Aah, he’s just so white! My retinas have burned through! Kidding 😉 Sorry I’m late to the party but I am loving these pics and I can’t wait to see more! By the way, where’s *my* blogger pic, eh? Hee hee 🙂
    You know I can’t resist anything with mango in it… It’s really my favorite fruit– that looks delicious and refreshing!

  6. Babeth

    you should be with David L. in the Bahamas. have fun and get a nice tan 😉

  7. Paula Maack

    What a shame David isn’t straight! Cute butt!!! 😉

    Thank you for the delicious sounding recipe you have shared. Yum!!
    It is cold and rainy here at the Bay, so I shall save this baby for warmer (and hopefully, drought-free) days, and live vicariously through your great photos.

    What a blast!!! Give David’s skivvy-clad right cheek a big squeeze for me, will ya?

    ~ Paula

  8. Sara

    That looks like so much fun, I am totally jealous!

  9. toontz

    I try not to look at your holiday pics, because, you know, my view is still SNOW! (I am screaming this). Seriously, I have enjoyed reading your updates (and Jaden’s). It looks like you all are having a grand time. Wish I could be there, too. 🙂

  10. Jen Yu

    Wait wait wait – that CAN’T be David! He’s not donning the camo THONG 🙂

  11. Hélène

    Inviting pictures. Love to follow your trip.

  12. Louise at Livin Local

    The striking blue of the water, the white of the skin …

    You do so know we are all waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay jealous!

  13. Heather

    ohhh. that gazpacho sounds amazing!! and your vacation looks like so much fun!

  14. amy

    I copied and pasted the recipes. Thank you! : ) You guys are SOOOOOOO lucky.

  15. Luna Pier Cook

    They needed to rub him down with ice cream. 😉

  16. Food Woolf

    I’m disappointed he’s not wearing the thong, but I’m gonna guess that’s David L. Pale, talented David L.! You look like you’re having so much fun!!!!!

  17. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    I was looking forward to some thong pics too! Your photos are great Diane. Everyone looks so beautiful and happy. Tell Adam I was checking out his site today and he has the most beautiful food porn I have ever seen!

  18. Phoo-D

    Mmm, the mango gazpacho sounds wonderful! Now for a heat wave to strike so I can make it… In those skivies it has to be David!

  19. The Daily Colander

    It has to be Lebovitz.

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