The Little Mexican Cooking School

Posted November 7, 2010 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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The Little Mexican Cooking School, a fairly new feature on the Riviera Maya landscape, re-opened it’s doors after summer hiatus.  After putting over 500 tourist-students through their school last season and being rated by TripAdvisor as #1 Excursion in the region, The Little Mexican Cooking School is committed to stand by it’s mission: to offer authentic Mexican cooking classes to curious travelers in an intimate setting and exceed their expectations.
The partners of this successful venture did not know each other beforehand. Both curious travelers (an Australian, Catriona Brown, newly planted in Puerto and a Canadian, Patti Murphy, who met in Puerto Morelos through happenstance), found common ground in the idea of a local cooking school. As foodie travelers themselves, they felt that stepping into an authentic Mexican kitchen and learning the ropes from the natives would be a deeply satisfying way to experience Mexico. With Catriona’s business acumen fully established and the local town charity under her belt combined with Patti’s background in the restaurant business, the venture took root and the two began their conversation by internet, producing a ‘real live school’ 5 months later. Launching Dec 8, 2009, most of the classes sold out and they never looked back.
There are new things brewing for this season including a new chef.  Chef Pablo Lopez Espinosa de los Monteros joins the school after spending 7 years in Canada operating his own restaurant, Cafe Maya, in Squamish British Columbia. Café Maya, specialized in healthy versions of authentic Mayan fare and was awarded the CRITICS CHOICE AWARD in Squamish B.C. Canada in 2008.  Mexico beckoned, so Pablo brought his wife and daughter Maya back to Mexico last year to reconnect with his roots. When the call came to lend his talents to our cooking school in Puerto Morelos,  Pablo responded!  Teaching the way of Mexican food and culture is really his passion.
Another new addition to the school is a little shop offering many authentic Mexican culinary tools as well as cookbooks, aprons and signature prepared spices and bottled preserves. This season, the school is offering the “ULTIMATE MEXICAN FOODIE WEEK” package.  Stay at one of the school’s two, double bedroom suites for your week in Mexico and live the life of real foodies! This package includes your personal use of the pool and rooftop terrace, your own luxury bathroom, the use of the kitchen for your breakfast, all lunches prepared that week and the fun of partaking  in 2 cooking classes.  Travel with us on our shopping expeditions to Cancun’s authentic Mercado 23 each Monday, the Puerto Morelos colony of shops and corner markets in La Colonia most mornings, and weekday walks to the fisherman’s wharf for our fish.
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