A Taste of Mexico

Lisa Jennings For travelers who would like to take the taste of Mexico home with them, Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso on the Riviera Maya is offering a three-day cooking lesson package. The chef may be French the resort’s executive chef Fabrice Guisset trained in his native France but has l

By: Lisa Jennings

For travelers who would like to take the taste of Mexico home with them, Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso on the Riviera Maya is offering a three-day cooking lesson package.

The chef may be French the resort’s executive chef Fabrice Guisset trained in his native France but has lived in Mexico since 1999 but the Mexican dishes are authentic. Guisset worked previously in Mexico at properties such as the Camino Real in Cancun and La Jolla de Mismaloya in Puerto Vallarta. The chef will personally oversee each lesson.

Guests will learn how to make some of the one-of-a-kind dishes Guisset serves at La Canoa, the resort’s elegant dining room, as well as the spa cuisine served at the Thalassotherapy center. Dishes include lobster and fried pasta strips “a la Mexicana” over black bean coulis, fish and seafood ceviche Yucatan-style, lobster molcajete in green tomatillo sauce, endives and smoked duck salad with Roquefort cheese dressing, and desserts such as baked apple in spicy juice with ginger.

Students will also be treated to a daily wine tasting to learn how to pair wines with their creations, as well as instruction on the fine art of table setting.

The package includes three nights deluxe suite accommodations, daily breakfast, cooking lessons from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during three consecutive days, personally monogrammed apron and chef’s hat for each student, recipes, wine tasting daily, lunch with the chef and two spa treatments.

Rates start at $585 plus taxes per room, per night, double, and $778 plus taxes per room, per night, single. A minimum of three nights is required for cooking classes, and a minimum of six people is required for lessons to take place. The package can also be combined with longer stays at the resort.

For those who may not enjoy the culinary arts, the resort also has a new 50-foot catamaran for romantic excursions, and the Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole, par-72 golf course, is nearby.

Operated by Presidente InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Paraiso de la Bonita is a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World and Virtuoso.

800-327-0200
www.paraisodelabonitaresort.com

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