Rosewood Mayakoba Debuts Authentic Mayan Cooking Lessons

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO—Rosewood Mayakoba, nestled just north of the waterfront town of Playa Del Carmen, is launching Mayan cooking classes to coincide with the opening of La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen.

The luxury resort recently unveiled the 20,000-sq.-ft. outdoor dining concept, designed as an interactive environment for guests to partake in cooking demonstrations, tastings and foraging from over 45 types of organic vegetation to create delicacies with a distinctive Mexican flare.

Aligning with La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen’s menu, which offers a selection of both classic and contemporary Mexican dishes that are enhanced with fresh ingredients cultivated directly from the garden, the cooking classes will focus on: Yucatan’s Hacienda Classics, Moles from Oaxaca, Ceviches and Fruits of the Sea, and Asado, the Art of Grilling and Smoking.

The launch of La Ceiba’s cooking lessons coincides with the debut of Rosewood Mayakoba’s A Sense of Taste program, which invites guests to embark on a culinary journey that explores deep-seated traditions of the Riviera Maya food culture.

Guests will be guided through a step-by-step lesson to hone traditional Mayan cooking techniques and Mayan Mexican delicacies. Guests will learn how to make popular dishes such as pork shoulder “cochinita pibil” in a “pib” underground oven, roasted local squash salad, Mexican style grouper ceviche, wood-grilled Xcatic peppers stuffed with shrimp and aromatic green mole, as well as slow smoked “la cabaña farm” young chicken and roasted green tomatillos.

For a sweet finale, guests will explore their indulgent side and create marquesitas with goat milk caramel and Papantla vanilla ice cream, grilled pineapple with amaranth, herbal xatabentun reduction and Yucatan honey ice cream. Guests will then share a family-style meal at a communal table.

Each cooking class lasts for two hours and can accommodate up to eight participants. Each guest receives a welcome cocktail and recipe book, for the cost $200 USD per person. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday beginning January 10, 2015. Private lessons are also available with 24 hours’ notice and guests will be able to select their preferred menu in a private lesson.