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Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist

Market Visit and Cooking Lesson: Learn to Cook Authentic Mexican Food with a Modern Twist
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Learn to cook with a local chef in Puerto Vallarta during this private culinary experience! Your host for the day is Manu, a professionally trained chef who loves to create innovative, modern fusions of classic Mexican dishes. Manu will take you to the local market and show you his favorite vendors. After doing a bit of shopping you'll return to his home and cook a meal together. Manu will teach you to prepare traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist, dishes you can replicate in your own kitchen at home. Enjoy the meal together in Manu's home, a small but typical home in central Puerto Vallarta.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Meet Manu at his home before setting out for the Mercado Cinco de Diciembre, located a short 5-min walk away. Together you will browse the stalls where you will have an opportunity to experience all the sounds, smells, and colors of a traditional Mexican marketplace. Upon returning to Manu's home, join Manu in his home kitchen to learn to prepare an authentic Mexican meal together. During your Puerto Vallarta cooking lesson, you can expect to learn how to make three dishes. Some of the dishes you might learn to cook are a fresh ceviche with the catch of the day, panela enchiladas, a unique dish made with authentic Mexican cheese, and a shrimp or octopus or mushroom al ajillo; all with traditional techniques and ingredients. You can expect to cook for about an hour before sitting down to share the meal together. If you are not a seafood fan, let Manu know a few days in advance and he can plan a menu with meat. Manu's style of cooking is rooted in authentic Mexican cuisine, but includes influence from Asia and the Mediterranean. Immerse yourself in Mexican food and culture with a local chef!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
What to expect
  • Meet Manu at his home before setting out for the Mercado Cinco de Diciembre, located a short 5-min walk away. Together you will browse the stalls where you will have an opportunity to experience all the sounds, smells, and colors of a traditional Mexican marketplace. Upon returning to Manu's home, join Manu in his home kitchen to learn to prepare an authentic Mexican meal together. During your Puerto Vallarta cooking lesson, you can expect to learn how to make three dishes. Some of the dishes you might learn to cook are a fresh ceviche with the catch of the day, panela enchiladas, a unique dish made with authentic Mexican cheese, and a shrimp or octopus or mushroom al ajillo; all with traditional techniques and ingredients. You can expect to cook for about an hour before sitting down to share the meal together. If you are not a seafood fan, let Manu know a few days in advance and he can plan a menu with meat. Manu's style of cooking is rooted in authentic Mexican cuisine, but includes influence from Asia and the Mediterranean. Immerse yourself in Mexican food and culture with a local chef!
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P100
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Manuel
  • Bottled water
  • Local beer
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local host
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico Please meet your host Manuel at his home in Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note: this is not a professional cooking class, rather an experience to visit a local home to meet a local chef and share culture and cuisine together.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
Inclusions
  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Manuel
  • Bottled water
  • Local beer
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local host
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico Please meet your host Manuel at his home in Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note: this is not a professional cooking class, rather an experience to visit a local home to meet a local chef and share culture and cuisine together.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Samuel M
4 contributions
Loved the Authentic Local Style
Sep 2021 • Solo
We both enjoyed walking through the local market and learning how to make ceviche and authentic enchiladas. We can’t wait to try making that sauce when we get home!

Thanks to Manu for teaching us these recipes and knife skills. We had a blast!
Written September 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Norma “Fajra” D
1 contribution
Shopping, Cooking, Learning, and Laughing with Chef Manuel
Jul 2021
Chef Manuel provided a wonderful opportunity to learn about Mexican foods, cooking, and culture. He was an energetic, personable, and charming instructor. He was sensitive to our food allergies and food likes in finalizing his menu. At the market, he took time to explain the various fish, fruits, and vegetables, as well as how and when they are used.
The Chef made the recipes feel accessible and cooking fun. He took the time to demonstrate cooking techniques and allowed us to try our skills.
The four of us who shared this experience felt it was one of the highlights of our visit to Puerto Vallarta
Written August 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shaala Srut
Houston, TX2 contributions
Highly recommended
Dec 2020 • Couples
Excellent host. Educational and fun market time. Easy cooking instructions with delicious food. Totally enjoyed our experience. Highly recommended!!!
Written December 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jennifer B
4 contributions
Amazing experience!
Mar 2020 • Friends
Well worth it! Manuel was fantastic, took time to teach and gave cooking tips that I will definitely use. We had ceviche made with mahi mahi, cheese enchiladas, and octopus in a chili garlic sauce. Everything was delicious! I am looking forward to attempting to replicate the dishes
Written March 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Heidi Y
Portland, Oregon45 contributions
A delicious dive into Mexican cuisine and culture
Nov 2019
Whether this is your first visit to Puerto Vallarta or your tenth, spending a few hours with Chef Manu will delight and inspire you. A professional chef with impeccable technique, creativity and a deep knowledge of Mexican traditions, Manu responded to our request for contemporary seafood dishes with a menu of two different ceviches, a simple octopus preparation and fantastic shrimp enchiladas. Going to the market with him was an education. His English is native-speaker level. A personal experience well worth the time and expense.
Written November 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stay796905
Denver, CO7 contributions
We loved every minute and every bite
Oct 2019 • Friends
This gastro experience with Manu was one of the highlights of our trip to Puerto Vallarta. We enjoyed our visit to the local market and the cooking lesson, but most of all we loved the delicious dishes Manu prepared; shrimp enchiladas, octopus, and his award-winning ceviche. Everything was delicious and couldn’t have been any fresher. Manu is an excellent chef and host. We had a wonderful time with him and look forward to cooking with him again on our next trip to PV.
Written November 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

padies
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Insiders look from a locals perspective
Jul 2019
This is a unique experience. Going into a local's home. Seeing inside a real home. The chef took the time to ask us what we wanted. It is catered for the individuals. The only disappointing thing is you watch the cooking. No hands-on.
But the local fish market, local fruit and tortilla.
Food was amazing. I picked up a few tips. Would also be helpful to have a copy of the recipes to recreate the recipes.
Written August 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paige G
Kelowna, Canada14 contributions
a MUST DO experience
Jul 2019 • Couples
Fun and informative! My husband and I wanted to learn about local Mexican ingredients and cuisine; this was the perfect way to do it. Manu took us to the markets and showed us different ingredients (that we would otherwise have no clue to what they were or what dishes they were used in) along with advice on how to pick the best and/or freshest items. From there Manu cooked up the most amazing dishes that we were able to re-create at home. We had some dietary requests that were no problem and overall this was a 10/10 experience we would highly recommend!
Written July 11, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Taha_B
Bangkok, Thailand35 contributions
Simply EXCEPTIONAL!
I'm a frequent traveler who always tries to do a cooking class in every country I visit and I've had my fair share of good, very good and not so good classes over the years and I can confidently say that this class probably tops every other one I've experienced so far.

Manu (Manny for his good friends) was an exceptional host and instructor.

We started by talking about any particular preferences and aversions that he needs to take into account for the menu, he also wanted to know if there was a specific dish that I was keen to try before heading out to the market.

You could tell that he knew the area INSIDE OUT as he greets, fist bumps and/or hugs one in every 3 people that we've met on our way to the market and back.

We picked fresh Mahi-Mahi and shrimps from the pescetaria as well as a beautiful octopus, then some fruits and veggies and finally some freshly baked tortillas straight from the oven.

Once back at Manu's place, we started preparing our 3 course meal with him explaining key techniques to really help nail reproducing these dishes as well as alternative ingredients that are more likely to be procured in the US (which is one of the reasons that set this class apart from all others, this attention to detail and thought given to how I could reproduce these dishes with produce that was local to my region (I live in the SF bay area).

The Mahi-Mahi ceviche was MIND BLOWING!! I could do the course again just for that!

The shrimp enchilada was exceptional (and I am NOT an enchiladas fan at all!)

We finished with maybe one of the most tender octopus dishes that I have ever experienced in my life... There was no chewiness WHATSOEVER and the octopus had absorbed all the aromatics from that delicious broth, if you do not like octopus because of the texture and/or lack of flavor, his recipe would completely change your perspective

I would HIGHLY recommend this class if you're in PV even just for a couple days, it is an genuine, authentic and epic experience that would please any food aficionado that is curious about what PROPER Mexican food should taste like.
Written June 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Larry
4 contributions
Great Experience
May 2019 • Friends
We had the best time on this tour. After meeting Manu at his home, we walked to a local market area, where Manu selected fish, shrimp, and vegetables for our meal. Back at his place he explained how to prepare, gave some knife skill lessons, and made the most INCREDIBLE meal. Menu changes depending on what’s fresh at the market, but we had Ceviche, Enchiladas (DEFINITELY not what you get in states), and Chile rellenos. Manu was a gracious host - the atmosphere was like having a meal with an old friend. Would highly suggest when in PV.
Written May 4, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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TFReyes
TFReyes
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Excellent
The lesson on preparing ceviche and typical enchiladas. How to properly use various chilies. The personality of Ma
Chris S
Chris S
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Amazing experience
We had an amazing time. Manu is a super guy. He took us to the market and explained how to buy fresh fish and produ
Travel200454
Travel200454
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Excellent Experience!
Manu welcomes us into his home for a lunch-time cooking class. He is quite friendly and spent some time to learn ab
TreehouseTraveler56
TreehouseTraveler56
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Wonderful culinary and cultural experience
We had a wonderful Jaliscan cultural and culinary experience with Helene! The instructions for where to meet her we
Rushmonster
Rushmonster
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Wonderful experience with local chef
Our group of four throughouly enjoyed our day with Helene. She was a terrific host who made us feel comfortable in
Briantraveler
Briantraveler
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Excellent Cooking Class
Terrific recipe for ceviche and enchiladas. Highly recommend taking the class!! Manu is a terrific teacher and ver
SueZ374
SueZ374
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A wonderful hostess, wonderful class, wonderful food
Helene is an excellent instructor. My sister and I were looking forward to the class and it more than met our expec
Auceda
Auceda
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A must in Puerto Vallarta!
This was a last minute reservation before heading back to the states and I’m so happy I did it! Helene, Lupe and th
gwier001
gwier001
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Wonderful afternoon cooking with Helene in Puerto Vallarta
My wife and I spent a wonderful afternoon with Helene at her hacienda in Puerto Vallarta. We picked up quite a fe
M3567AJmgg
M3567AJmgg
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Wonderful afternoon learning a bit more about Mexican cooking
Met Manuel at his home, discussed food options then headed to local produce, fish & tortilla markets...all were jus
Teris98765
Teris98765
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Authentic Jaliscan Cooking Class in a Beautiful Hacienda
The five of us wanted to enjoy some authentic regional foods, and also wanted a “hands on” experience while in Puer
AlaskaKevinR
AlaskaKevinR
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Like hanging out with a long-time friend
Relaxed, informative, and easy. The first thing that set Manuel's class apart from similar classes is the menu is n
ColoradoBuoy
ColoradoBuoy
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Helene was wonderful
Six of us on a family vacation did a cooking class with Helene, and thoroughly enjoyed it. She is so welcoming, an
vekcpa
vekcpa
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What a wonderful day
What a great way to spend a day. My wife and I was picked up from our cruise ship and taken to Helens home to spen
pacunurse57
pacunurse57
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June 6, 2018 Manu !
"Manu" was our guide and chef. My pal and I met up with Manu at his PV Old Town area house. We then walked a coup
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