Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist
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Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist
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Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist

4 h
About this activity
After completing culinary school he traveled abroad and lived in Canada, Spain, and Norway where he worked in a series of professional kitchens. After being away for 6 years, Manu returned to Mexico where he could indulge in his love of the food from home.

Now happily settled in Puerto Vallarta, Manu is a private chef, and works in the tourism industry. Manu lives in a small, but cozy house located close to the center of the city. He is experienced in catering to all types of tastes, allergies, and dietary restrictions. 

Meet Manu at his home before setting out for the Mercado Cinco de Diciembre, located a short five minute walk away. Together you will browse the stalls where you will have an opportunity to experience all the sounds, smells, and colors of a traditional Mexican marketplace. You will visit fruit and vegetable stands, a tortilleria (tortilla factory), a carnicería (butcher), and a pescadería (fish market), and learn how to choose the best ingredients from each. Upon returning to Manu's home, you will utilize all the fresh foods you gathered in order to create your meal together.

Join Manu in his kitchen to learn how to prepare a meal together. During your hands-on lesson, you can expect to learn how to make dishes such as mahi mahi ceviche, shrimp sopes, smoked marlin tacos, and flamed plantains; all with traditional techniques and ingredients. You can expect to cook for about an hour before sitting down to share the meal together.

Manu's style of cooking is rooted in authentic Mexican cuisine, but includes influence from Asia and the Mediteranean. You can look forward to enjoying dishes such as fresh ahi poke with avocado, sopa de elote con rajas con crema (corn soup with creamy poblano peppers), platanillo de res (boneless beef shank) with nopales (cactus), and cacao arroz con leche (rice pudding with cacao).

Please note: this is not a professional cooking class, rather than an experience to visit an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together.
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  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Manuel
  • Bottled water
  • Local beer
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Local host
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note: this is not a professional cooking class, rather an experience to visit a local home to meet a local chef and share culture and cuisine together.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
Janice T
5 | 2018-01-27

This is a foodie must do! Manuel, your guide, host and chef extraordinaire will first take a quick overview of your likes, dislikes and any food allergies or aversions you may have. You'll then head to the market, first stop, the fish monger. Here you'll find everything from shrimp, octopus, crabs and all types of fish! Next stop is the butcher and tortilla factory where you'll get the chance to see how to make fresh corn tortillas. From there, head around the corner to the market where you'll grab the rest of your fruits and vegetables. The sight sounds and smells of the market are fantastic! Once complete, you head back to Manuels where the real fun begins. Manu that's what his friends call him will walk you through the menu and then it's time to get started! He takes care to make sure everyone has a drink and then it's time to get cooking. On this particular evening our menu was Vegetarian Enchiladas, Pork Adobo tacos and his Grammas beef tacos. In a true teaching experience you make everything from scratch, from torching the peppers for the Enchilada red sauce to roasting the tomatoes for the salsa. Care is taken with each step. And the food! Let me tell you, it was amazing. Each option had its own very distinct flavours and textures. If you are looking for an authentic foodie experience with an amazing chef, this is the our for you.

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