Rosewood Mayakoba Introduces Authentic Mayan Cooking Lessons at the New La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen

November 17, 2014

Rosewood Mayakoba, the award-winning resort nestled just north of the waterfront town of Playa Del Carmen, is launching Mayan cooking classes to coincide with the opening of La Ceiba Kitchen & Garden. The ultra-luxury resort recently unveiled the 20,000-square 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 exquisite delicacies with a distinctive Mexican flare.

Aligning with La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen’s menu, which boasts an inventive selection of both classic and contemporary Mexican dishes that are enhanced with the freshest of 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 awakens the senses and explores the beauty and deep-seated traditions of the Riviera Maya food culture.

Under the instruction of Executive Chef, 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 enjoy the fruits of their labor afterwards and share a family-style meal at a communal table under the stars.

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 USD200 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.

About Rosewood Mayakoba:
Rosewood Mayakoba sits in the heart of a 1600-acre resort enclave in the Riviera Maya. Built along winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, this oasis of indulgence offers 130 suites with private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks and the finest in-room design and details. Resort amenities include a signature Greg Norman championship golf course, fine dining at Casa del Lago and Punta Bonita, Rose Buds® for children, and Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, which is designed around a cenote, one of the sacred water wells of the ancient Mayans, and sits on a private island. The resort is built to abide by the highest of eco-standards, offering indulgence with awareness, and has recently been awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certification.

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