Cooking Classes/tours in Mexico
I'm trying to research culinary tours/cooking classes in Mexcio. I've looked at Marilyn Tesaund(Sp?) and tours with Rick Bayless. They seem a little on the pricey side for only one week, @ $3000. Is that pretty average or does anyone know ones a little less and still authentic, with hands on teaching.
I've done two trips with Marilyn, one of them with Rick. Some of her trips with Rick are actually CIA (Culinary Inst. of Amer) events, which is one of the reasons they're on the high side. The price also includes lodging, almost all food and at least 1 alcoholic beverage per meal or unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, transportation in Mexico during the trip, and any venue admission or other fees (such as museums). You're right, they are a bit pricey, but they are a pretty good value for that price. Some of the classes are demonstration others are hands on.
There are numerous courses and classes offered around the country. Are you interested in classes that feature a particular are or regional cuisine? It's a big country, if you narrow it down a bit, it might be easier to help you find other sources that meet your needs.
I spent a wonderful week at the Mexican Home Cooking School in Tlaxcala, near Puebla. The classes are hands on, the recipes and techniques excellent and well explained. I've been able to replicate everything easily - and frequently - at home. Estela Salas is a wonderful teacher and a delightful lady. The website can be found at mexicanhomecooking.com.
The Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast Association invites you to attend its first annual "Culinary Secrets from Oaxaca's Kitchens", a seven-day gastronomic extravaganza and tour, to be held March 1 - 7, 2008. The itinerary, designed for both the novice with a keen interest in Oaxacan cookery, as well as the seasoned chef, includes: 3 days of class at different venues, each lead by an internationally reknowed culinary expert; native market tours; exploring important sites contributing to UNESCO's designation of Oaxaca as a World Heritage Site; keynote speaker; tastings of traditional regional foods, sweets and beverages; and select comidas in critically acclaimed restaurants.
I'm not sure exactly what type of experience you're looking for, but I've been to Rancho La Puerta 3 times and every week has been amazing. They just opened a new cooking school and I am very much looking forward to taking some classes the next time I go!