Immerse Yourself in the Flavors of ‘The Real Cancun’

Immerse Yourself in the Flavors of The Real Cancun | The Culinary Travel Guide

Foodies around the world are drawn to the colorful flavors of Mexico, and now, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is making the gastronomic exploration of the region more immersive than ever before.

The iconic resort has debuted a new, highly personalized local culinary experience led by Chef Mara Barba of the hotel’s Culinary Center.

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun’s “Real Cancun Chef’s Adventure” experience immerses guests in the local food culture while giving them a glimpse into how a highly experienced chef shops in local street markets and grocery stores, chooses ingredients that inspire recipes and creates mouthwatering meals. The day-long, intimate tour can accommodate up to eight guests and includes private transportation accompanied by Chef Mara.

Guests are gifted with Mayan-themed treats as well as aprons in their room before meeting in the lobby and enjoying Mexican breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, and mimosas. The small group leaves the hotel for a 20-minute private transport – including Mexican snacks – to the chef’s favorite local street market. Then, together, the group winds its way – on foot – through the rustic, colorful, markets, where all of the senses are engaged.

Immerse Yourself in the Flavors of The Real Cancun | The Culinary Travel Guide

From spice vendors to fresh produce vendors, from butchers in open stalls to tiny booths that can only hold a few people at a time, guests can smell, touch, and feel the food items as Chef Mara explains the nuances that make each ingredient unique, and selects items to cook for a private meal with the guests.

Based on how curious guests are about the local markets and ingredients, the time spent shopping can vary. “Offering this allows guests a glimpse of what life is like in the Yucatan Peninsula,” says Chef Mara. “I moved to this region of Mexico to learn about the culture and its rich cuisine. I want our guests to experience the true essence of Mexico, delving into its authentic culture.”

Throughout the day, guests will sample a variety of local culinary delights. They will have the opportunity to taste authentic Yucatecan delicacies in a local “fonda”. The group will drive to local grocery stores, where they will make a stop to refresh with a taste of craft beer. They will also visit a local market, where they can browse and purchase native handmade wares, drink coconut water and visit a tortilleria, where corn tortillas are produced. After a final stop at a local tequila distillery, specializing in tequilas, mezcals, and local wines, the guests return to the hotel.

Immerse Yourself in the Flavors of The Real Cancun | The Culinary Travel Guide

Guests will return to the hotel’s Culinary Center, where Chef Mara will use the ingredients they purchased to create a mouthwatering dinner.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the meal preparations, following instructions in a cooking-class style.

Chef Mara is accommodating to dietary preferences, including restrictions and allergies that guests may have.

A sample menu for The Real Cancun Culinary Experience could include a freshly made margarita; tomato-lime bisque; red snapper tikin xic; queso relleno with beef, chicken, and Queso Bola Edam cheese; peppered chicken with chickpeas, tomato, pickled onion, and pork broth; and chocolate tamal and mamey ice cream.

Immerse Yourself in the Flavors of The Real Cancun | The Culinary Travel Guide

To experience “The Real Cancun Chef’s Culinary Adventure,” guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun should visit the hotel’s concierge desk or contact restaurant reservations prior to your visit.

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