El Pueblito Cooking School to Launch at Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya

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Culinary Classes Taught by Renowned Local and Visiting Chefs at the Legendary Mexican Resort

El Pueblito Cooking School Kitchen

El Pueblito Cooking School Kitchen

“The El Pueblito Cooking School at Mayakoba offers our guests a hands-on opportunity to create distinguished meals and elevate their appreciation of culinary excellence.”

This month, Mayakoba, the eco-resort on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico, will launch the El Pueblito Cooking School at Mayakoba. The new culinary school will take place within a state-of-the-art kitchen at El Pueblito, the resort’s colonial-style plaza, and will be offered to local residents and guests of Mayakoba’s four resort hotels: Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Andaz Mayakoba (opening winter 2016).

The educational program was curated by Chef Diane DiMeo and will feature a schedule of classes designed for both novice and avid culinary enthusiasts, and will host local chefs as well as high-profile guest chefs as instructors. The October 2016 schedule inaugurates the program with hands-on classes such as Gnocchi, Tapas, and Seared Fish with Mole Verde. All classes end with the students and chefs enjoying the fruits of their labor and each student will receive a branded apron and recipe of their meal so they can commemorate and replicate their Mexican cuisine and experience.

A rotating cast of guest chefs, tapped by Chef DiMeo will rotate throughout the seasons and include Eric de Maeyer, executive chef of Fairmont Mayakoba; Eva Millan, resident chef of Koba restaurant in the club house of El Camaleon; Vincent Wallez, executive chef of Andaz Mayakoba; Javier Ornelas, whose food has been featured in the New York Times and Fodor’s Travel Guides; and Laura Brea who is well known for her tantalizing stuffed jalapeño peppers.

“We recognize that travelers want to immerse themselves in the beloved food of Mexico, as well as other worldly cuisine,” said Carl Emberson, VP of Operations and Marketing for Mayakoba. “The El Pueblito Cooking School at Mayakoba offers our guests a hands-on opportunity to create distinguished meals and elevate their appreciation of culinary excellence.”

Guests looking for a full culinary program while visiting Mayakoba can partake in a three-night Discover Mexico experience October 20- 22 at Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The offering includes a stay in a Bliss Suite, two days of cooking classes and a Pop-Up Dinner hosted by renowned guest Chef Abraham Salum, chef and owner of Salum, one of the hottest restaurants in Dallas.

In addition to a diverse culinary agenda, epicureans can take advantage of instruction on the El Camaelon golf course, the only PGA course in Mexico, through the Mayakoba Golf & Gourmet Learning Experience. Guests will perfect their game with a one-hour lesson at the Jim Mclean Golf School, America’s number one golf academy, and pair it with any El Pueblito Cooking School class. Packages start at $220 per person plus applicable taxes and fees. From December 7-11, 2016, Mayakoba will host the Couples Classic, a 54-hole partners event, featuring a different format of play each day. The package includes a four-night stay at Fairmont Mayakoba, meals and on-course refreshments, three tournament rounds (two on El Camaleon, and one on Paraiso GC), one round on El Camaleon at leisure, El Pueblito Cooking School session, and airport and golf course transfers. The package rate is $4,000 per couple.

In addition to the El Pueblito Cooking School, guests can stroll a traditional Farmer’s Market located in the plaza to find local craft beers, freshly churned ice cream, fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan preserves and empanadas. The market also presents local wares such as handmade clothing, aromatic herbs from the Mayan garden and organic creams.

Perfect for a relaxing afternoon within the Mayakoba community, El Pueblito features a mix of sidewalk restaurants, a boutique, art gallery and chapel, offering several pursuits for all ages, including, shopping, dining, cultural activities, an art gallery and Sunday Mass.

For more information on reserving a cooking class or booking a stay, please visit Mayakoba.com or livemayakoba.com.

About MAYAKOBA: Located in the Riviera Maya just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba is an eco-friendly resort development on the shores of the Caribbean in Mexico. Surrounded by natural beauty in its lagoons, pools and sugar sand beaches, Mayakoba is home to four luxury hotels – Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Andaz Mayakoba (opening winter 2016). The resort also offers a spectacular 18-hole course designed by renowned architect and PGA legend Greg Norman. The signature course is home to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba – the only PGA TOUR event in Mexico. Six miles of freshwater lagoons and lead to a white sand beaches with turquoise waters on the Caribbean Sea and connect all of the hotels. Mayakoba is an eco-conscious development and has implemented significant practices to encourage sustainability. For more information, please visit http://www.mayakoba.com

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