Fresh flavors, unique scents and new tastes are some of the reasons I enjoy traveling. Foods have a way of introducing us to a region’s heritage, traditions and agriculture and that’s exactly what made staying at Viceroy Riviera Maya so enjoyable. While the excursions off property were memorable and fun, there was nothing like returning to the resort knowing that we would soon be indulging in another delectable meal. Viceroy Riviera Maya goes beyond just creating and delivering delicious meals to guests. Visitors can partake in a number of hands-on Mexican cooking classes that introduce them to the fine art of mixing that perfect cocktail, learning about a variety of tequilas and their history and partaking in a cooking class that can only be described as authentic Mexico and the view, only steps away, isn’t too bad either.
Mexican Cooking Class. It’s called the Maya Jungle Culinary Experience for a reason, for one thing Viceroy is set in the jungle and its also a delightful culinary experience set outdoors. Think grass beneath your feet and turquoise ocean views. The onsite chef Jetzabel Rojas Barragán has a culinary gift that if obvious in every dish served. Partaking in the cooking class allows guests to get to know Chef Jetzabel and see her in action while learning a few of her savvy cooking tricks…
The class starts with fresh food.
Preparation. Veggies are chopped.
The fish for the main dish is marinated. Tikin Xin Fish: Black Grouper, Red Onion, Tomato, Green Tomato, Bell Peppers, Epazote and Mexican Rice.
The banana leaves are prepped for…
The first layer…next are the vegetables, fish, more vegetables and spices.
More banana leaves top the dish then the pot is placed underground to cook. While lunch cooks…
Lime Soup is prepared. Chicken Broth, Shredded Chicken, Garlic, Onion, Tomato, Avocado, Epazote, Local Cheese and corn Tortillas Julienne.
The end result was delicious and followed by a gorgeous Pineapple Caraccio for dessert.
The price per person for this Mexican cooking class (as of fall 2012) is $55 US plus service charges and includes the menu above, “aguas frescas” (traditional Mexican natural fruit flavor beverages) and one glass of Mexican wine.
Thank you Viceroy for hosting me and introducing me to these delicious Mexican dishes. Muy bueno!