Los Dos Cooking School

Los Dos Cooking School, Merida: Address, Phone Number, Los Dos Cooking School Reviews: 4.5/5

Los Dos Cooking School
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Los Dos is the only school in Mexico devoted exclusively to the regional cuisine of Yucatán. Whether you are an avid cook, an eager eater, or a professional chef, you will find enrichment in the Los Dos experience. Los Dos has been featured on the Martha Stewart show as well as on Rick Bayless' "Mexico: One Plate at a Time." One-day classes, all inclusive packages and tasting classes are offered.
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KRieserMemorableJour
West Chester, Ohio, United States76 contributions
What a fantastic day our group of 3 couples had at Los Dos. It was a wonderful learning experience of the food and culture of the Yucatan. The house is beautiful Chef Mario provides a warm welome for everyone and provides a fun and educational day about the Yucatan. My husband and I took the class 10 years ago with David Sterling and he would be proud of what is being provideed at Los Dos today. Our entire group that this was the highlight of our trip.
Written March 21, 2020
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VicRob17
Phoenix, AZ35 contributions
Couples
We spent a week in Merida. The highlight of our trip was a day long cooking class with Mario. He greeted us in his home, fed us a light breakfast, and took us to the market. It’s so much easier to make sense of that huge market with a guide. We went back to his kitchen, and he walked us through the creation of a wonderful dinner. More than just knowledgeable , Mario was engaging and personable. Full of interesting and helpful information. After we were home, we ordered the cookbook, and planted some habanero pepper plants so we could source it ourselves. This was truly the highlight of our visit to the Yucatán.
Written March 22, 2022
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designtraveler2015
Philadelphia, PA58 contributions
Solo
We were in Merida for several weeks and whenever we mentioned that we were signed up for a cooking class all of the locals immediately asked "Los Dos?" The high reputation of Chef David's class is wide spread, not just in Merida but throughout the Yucatan—and for good reason. As previous posters have described, the beautiful kitchen and building, the wonderfully supportive staff, the historical content and the cooking sessions all add to the pleasure of the day-long experience. Chef David is both professional and personable. The day's recipes and other important information are memorialized in a well-designed notebook to take home along with your own Los Dos apron. (Personally my favorite part was learning how to do stove top smoking.)
Another factor adding to the experience was the enthusiasm of the other students, two were serious food bloggers, more than one said that they had traveled to Merida just for the class, and the rest keep saying how happy they were that they had decided to try the class even though not serious cooks. We ended the day with a period of wine and beer by the pool, then were ushered into the lovely dining room for a delicious four-course meal. My husband could not attend the class but was able to join us for the late lunch. He loved the food. You simply cannot go wrong taking this class.
Written February 8, 2015
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Lila G
New York City, NY14 contributions
We made a Street Food tasting reservation for mid-January 6 weeks in advance. It took 2 weeks to get a response to our query. A week prior, I emailed for a reconfirmation & received a response @ 6:30am on the day of the class, saying that it was on, but that because the assistant failed to send an invoice we must pay in cash, which was 6300 pesos. We canceled because of the lack of attention to basic details & completely unprofessional business practice. The only immediate response came now with an explanation blaming the assistant for all the issues.

What a disappointment!
Written January 20, 2020
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Malcolm B
Portland, ME206 contributions
While we appreciated Chef Mario's enthusiasm, and enjoyed our half-day cooking trip to a local village "economica cucina," a woman-owned local purveyor of daily meals, we were disappointed. This was an over-priced trip during which we visited the local market, but did not purchase any ingredients for the meal. When we arrived at the cucina, all the prep work had already been done. Our only actual "cooking' was to stir some spices together for a marinade, and layer ingredients into a pot, which became our meal. in the meantime, we assisted the women in the kitchen by at least trying our hand at preparing the meal they were serving that day, but were not offered even a taste of what we had prepared.
Written March 14, 2022
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D. C.
1 contribution
Solo
Some time before the shelter-in-place I emailed and made a reservation to attend the school. I emailed the proprietor to confirm before leaving for Merida and never heard back, so I went by the day before and the owner of the house said the Chef Canul was out of town with his brother and there was no class! He called the chef and assured me that the chef would call me to apologize himself but that never happened. VERY bad customer relations; I would not recommend. This was the thing I was most looking forward to doing in Merida and was sad and disappointed. A complete brush off!
Written March 4, 2021
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Kourosh M
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar11 contributions
Couples
We signed up for a half-day "cooking class" called cucina economica.
We payed 125 USD each, were taken to a village tasting a sandwich.
Spent 10 minutes at a market with some lecture about lime.
Then were harried on to a private house in which the family cooks food based on order.
We were asked to put some chicken leg in a pot. Took 5 minutes.
Then had to sit 40 minutes for the chicken to cook and eat some fat chicken leg, tasting horribly.
So in short: we did not cook. We ate fatty chicken legs, valued around 15 to 20 pesos, we learnt nothing about Mexican spices, had a 5 peso sandwich and paid Michelin star money.
I have been to cooking classes in many other countries. This one was shameless thievery.
I think the operator is ripping off tourists based on the reputation of departed chef David Sterling.
Written January 4, 2017
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We at Los Dos are very sorry to hear that the experience was not what you expected it to be. The dozens of positive reviews from previous participants shows that it is something that many people do enjoy. We feel that it is clearly explained on our website what the many different classes and excursions entail, and this was not meant to be a cooking class, but an intimate local experience with people who have been cooking the same simple dishes for decades, but which tourists never find on their own. Far from “shameless thievery” we are proud of our connection with local vendors and the delicious food they create, and we can assure you that this is the very same tour done by the very same person as it has always been for the past 12 years. We feel that David Sterling would be proud that we are continuing this tradition that so many people enjoy.
Written January 24, 2017
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Ksjehr_J
Hamburg, Germany48 contributions
Couples
I am sorry to say that I have to agree with the recent bad review.
First of all, I believe it should be made clear that chef & cook-book author David Sterling passed away and is no longer running this "Cooking" School.
Second, whoever is continuing this operation is using the name of David Sterling to make the big buck without offering anything in return.
The so-called "Cocina Economica" course ran exactly as already described in the previous review: We were driven to a village some 10 minutes or so outside of Mérida, were fed a horrible taco from a street stall and then shooed across an uninteresting village market where we were made to "ooh" and "aah" at a bunch of limes, oranges and tomatoes. The final stop was some paste-maker and it was very clearly suggested that we should all buy something. We found it within us to resist the "tempting" offer.
Last, we were taken to the private home of some local family which sells simple home-cooked food for low prices on a take-away basis. There was a large pot on the table and someone had already prepared some chicken legs and a handful of other ingredients (mainly "exotic" stuff like tomatoes and onions) which we were then asked to throw into the pot. Three minutes later, this really very challenging task was accomplished and we were made to wait for approx. 50 minutes in the humble living room of our hosts without anything to do until the chicken was cooked. Which, unsurprisingly at this point, was not worth the wait.
All in all, I do not believe that the operator paid more than 100 MXN in total to feed a few tacos and fatty chicken legs to our group of four. In turn, he pocketed an incredible 500 USD in total (125 USD per person) from the stunned "turistas"!!
In summary:
- The course was advertised as a "cooking class" but no cooking actually took place.
- The food that was handed out ranged between horrible to disgusting.
- We paid USD 125 per person basically for a taco from a street-food stall and a fatty chicken leg.
- The entire experience was uninstructive, unnecessary and wholly unpleasant, and - I am sorry for having to use such harsh words - a tourist-scam of already epic proportion.
Written January 16, 2017
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We at Los Dos are very sorry to hear that the experience was not what you expected it to be. The dozens of positive reviews from previous participants shows that it is something that many people do enjoy. We feel that it is clearly explained on our website what the many different classes and excursions entail, and this was not meant to be a cooking class, but an intimate local experience with people who have been cooking the same simple dishes for decades, but which tourists never find on their own. Far from “shameless thievery” we are proud of our connection with local vendors and the delicious food they create, and we can assure you that this is the very same tour done by the very same person as it has always been for the past 12 years. We feel that David Sterling would be proud that we are continuing this tradition that so many people enjoy.
Written January 24, 2017
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Sanguinette
London, UK31 contributions
Solo
I had a great day cooking with David. The house if beautiful and you're made to feel like a welcome guest. We started the day with coffee and cake while David gave us an introduction to what we would be doing and the history of the food of the Yucatan. Then we went to the market to pick up ingredients and learn more about the local food.

We had hands on experience preparing 4 or 5 different dishes and sat down to a delicious meal. You get a booklet with all the recipes you prepare and a reminder of the techniques you learned.

It was a great day and is one of my best memories from 6 months of travelling around the world.
Written August 13, 2015
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OptimusEdmonton
Edmonton62 contributions
Solo
I was very excited to take this class and it more than met my expectations. I loved the trip to the market and found the amount I of hands-on cooking to be just what I wanted. We started with coffee and a light continental breakfast (delicious) and then a very interesting and informative talk on Yucatan cooking. The meal we prepared was amazing. The only problem was that there was more food than I could eat.

My only disappointment was arriving home full of enthusiasm to try out my Yucatan recipes only to find that I had lost my recipes. I have now ordered Chef Sterling's cookbook and am looking forward to receiving it.

I would recommend this class to anyone who enjoys cooking and trying new foods in a warm friendly social setting. Thank you Chef Sterling.
Written March 30, 2015
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