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From tostadas and tamales to papayas and empanadas, the flavors of the Yucatan are made to enjoy. Learn to cook a variety of traditional Yucatecan and Mayan delicacies with a home chef during this private cooking class in Merida, which takes place in a private home in a residential district unknown to most visitors. Learn about local culture that many tourists never see as you help prepare a traditional-style meal before sitting down to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.
  • Private cooking lesson in Yucatean cuisine in Merida
  • Learn to cook a variety of traditional foods like tamales, tostadas, and salsas
  • See a side of local culture unknown to most tourists
  • Lunch or dinner option available
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Free drinks included


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, Mar 2018

Cooking with Sofía was a wonderful experience!!! She invited us right into her home and into her heart. She shared with us some wonderful recipes as well as some very personal stories and 'tricks of the trade'. Sofía gave us an authentic experience from the moment we set foot in her house. The food was absolutely delicious and it was a very memorable evening. Thank you once again, Sofía, know that your hard work is extremely valid, appreciated and respected. Wishing you all the best.
For an unforgettable experience, I recommend the cooking class with Sofía 100.

, Jan 2018

We had an absolutely incredible time learning to cook Yucatecan cuisine with Sofia. She is warm and welcoming, and made us feel very comfortable. The food we made was fantastic and we got to take home the recipes - we'll most definitely be trying them out this year. I highly recommend for anyone, regardless of your cooking background - Sofia is a great instructor for beginners as well as people who have more experience cooking.

, Nov 2017

This was an amazing experience that my daughter and I will never forget. Can not wait to go back and do it again soon. Sofia was patient communicated well in both English and Spanish and tailored our experience to make sure my daughter was just as engaged as I was.

, Oct 2017

Learning to cook yucatecan food with Sofia was an amazing experience!! I totally recommend her class, she is very friendly and cooks incredibly good! I had a great time in her kitchen and the food was delicious!

, Sep 2017

Discovering Yucatan with Sofias cooking lesson was the highlight of my trip to lovely Merida. Sofia focused on the basics of cooking a complicated cuisine rich in Mayan and European roots. I lost count of the many dishes and sauces we prepared as she asked me to taste and smell the ingredients of Achiote, Chaya, Passion fruit, and many other ingredients native to the area but not familiar to me. Growing up Mexican in America, I can compare her to an aunt passing down our family recipe. I found it to be a privilege to be in her home kitchen and sharing a culture I could not have experienced in any restaurant in Yucatan. I was fortunate to have Sofia to myself preparing Pollo Pibil wrapped in banana leaves and other dishes from the pans on the stove to a setting on the table, complemented by sipping wine with Yucatan folk music in the background on her patio table.
After we said farewells and kissed on the cheek goodbye, the cab ride to the hotel gave me time to reflect and realize the value of Sofias class was far more valuable to me than gold. As I cook these dishes for my family and coworkers, a piece of Yucatan will always stay with me. I highly recommend taking Sofias cooking class on a list of things to do while visiting Merida, Yucatan. Thank You Sofia!

, Feb 2017

I would highly recommend this for cooks and foodies! Sophia's home is located in northwest Merida, about 10-15 minutes drive from the historical district I took Uber. After arriving, we sat down in her kitchen to discuss the agenda for the evening about 3 hours of cooking and 1 hour of eating and what we would prepare. For the first 3 hours, we prepped and cooked the food appetizers, soup, sides, main dish and dessert. All of the ingredients were local and had been purchased the same day. While we prepped the food, Sophia provided detailed information on everything and how it related to Yucatan culture and history her English is good. Although I was a beginner cook, she was very patient and helped me with all the basics especially cutting!. Although we could have used a food processor for much of the work, she was adamant about preparing everything in an authentic manner including the use of utensils that are native to Mexico. After everything was done, we moved the food to a table in her beautiful backyard and had a feast! while eating, Sophia gave me advice on restaurants to visit in Merida, historical locations, entertainment, etc. The next time I'm in Merida, I plan on taking another class with Sophia.

, Dec 2016

My visit to Sofia's lovely home exceeded my expectations: small class, much individual attention and well-worth the fee. Super-organized kitchen for preparation of great lunch/condiments/dessert. Everything was laid out for us to get started...It was my first taste of Lime Soup, superb. Luscious Pollo Pibil wrapped in banana leaves was accompanied with rice with Sofia's own special touch -- you have to go there to learn what she adds! Desert was Papaya cooked with syrup and topped with grated Edam cheese, sublime. Hands-on with prep and preparation, we also fried platano macho and corn tortilla strips for the soup. I now know what to substitute if I don't find sour oranges. Modern kitchen, but no electric gadgets used except blender for tomatoes in Sikil Pak dip in favor of traditional cooking methods ie. mortar/pestle, I went right out and bought one for myself! tips Sofia got from her abuela! Habaneros were roasted on gas flame. Sofia generously showed me any spices I had questions about as we prepared the onion condiment and chili habanero sauce. Beautiful patio area for eating lunch, coffee and beer/wine service included...Easy to get there by bus Yellow Line Chuburna 21, originating at central 58/61 then driving up 60. Chuburna was Mayan village before becoming a Merida suburb. Unique opportunity to discuss Merida/family histories. Sofia will call taxi/Uber or walk you to the bus stop when class is over. She speaks very good English and is helpful/accommodating beyond the call of duty. I will definitely go for another lesson when I return to Merida. Buen provecho!

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