Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos – More than Just Food
I first met Catriona Brown, the owner of the Little Mexican Cooking School, during her first trip to the Riviera Maya over 10 years ago. She is a smart, creative, Renaissance woman who surprises me at every turn. For years I have been saying that I would come by and participate in one of her cooking classes. ‘Anytime, Kay’ is the response I would get but I failed to book the time year after year.
At the end of 2014 I made the call and committed myself and a girlfriend to a class just before Christmas. Finally. I was going to witness, first hand, one of the Little Mexican School cooking classes that 96% of Tripadvisor reviewers say is excellent. Read the reviews here.
More than Just a Cooking Class
Cat has built a one day event that takes students through a cultural culinary history of the Maya and Mexican cooking. Her chef and teacher, Chef Salvador Fernandez, is full of valuable information that he is passionate to share. The minute the class started I knew I was experiencing something special and exclusive.
Chef Fernandez easily transitioned between cooking techniques, culinary history and cultural facts. He showed the undeniable connection between Mexican food, Mexican history and the Maya culture. Cooking led to discussions of economies, archeology, folklore and sociology. No one felt they were in a history class, nor did they feel overwhelmed by the information. What happened is that students began to understand the intimate connection between food and culture as we continued to cook, eat, experience, and explore.
UNESCO would be proud of the Little Mexican Cooking School
UNESCO declared Mexican culinary traditions a historical asset under their list of ‘Intangible Traditions’. Unlike historical sites or locations, like Chichen Itza or the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, UNESCO developed a list of intangible traditions that preserved and recognized practices and expressions that help demonstrate the diversity and importance of a countries heritage. This new category would keep cultural traditions alive. Mariachis and the Dance of the Voladores are two other cultural traditions that Mexico proudly protects under the UNESCO umbrella. Mexican food, recipes and preparation methods also falls under the intangible traditions.
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