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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enrique Chavelas and his family taught us so much. Fresh tortillas, tortilla soup, tomatilla salsa (with the fabulous spice mix), amazingly interesting stuffed ancho peppers, and fun with friends. We will definitely be back.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Enrique C, Director General at Cookin' Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Muchas gracias for your review, it is great to hear you enjoyed this experience!
We hope to host you soon in our cooking classes and food tasting tours in Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen.
Mi casa es su casa.

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Reviewed October 12, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I joined six other ladies on a cooking journey with Chef Enrique yesterday. We met at the mall and then were driven to a produce/fish/meat market area. Chef explained to us the safety standards for the market which keeps the food fresh and healthy for everyone. We shopped for fish, chicken and cheese then headed over for produce. Chef E showed us how to pick the best tomatillos, chilies, avocados and cactus. After we had our ingredients, we stopped at a taco stand for a quick bite before our ride to his home. We were welcomed by Enrique’s wife and sister (plus Tequila!) and felt very at ease. We made a great guacamole mashing the seasonings and fruit. Next we made a salad of pineapple, tomatillos, cactus and jicama. Delicious. We learned how to warm our seasonings first to get more flavor then ground pumpkin seeds for the masa for tamales. We cut banana leaves for appetizer tamales then let them cook. The marinated fish and chicken were wonderful. Eddie, the chef’s wife, taught us how to make tortillas..a lot of work but fun. We sat down to a lovely dinner topped with homemade flan. It was a great day! Thanks Chef and all your crew

Date of experience: October 2019
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Enrique C, Director General at Cookin' Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Muchas gracias for your review, it is great to hear you enjoyed this experience!
We hope to host you soon in our cooking classes and food tasting tours in Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen.
Mi casa es su casa.

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Reviewed October 10, 2019

We were on a Princess Cruise, and had a full day in Puerto Vallarta. I have always wanted to take a cooking class there, so looked for one on Trip Advisor. I decided on Cookin’ Vallarta since it had great reviews. It was a great choice. Enrique met us at Starbucks right across the street from the ship. Because it was low season, we were the only ones that day....a private class! Enrique took us in his air-conditioned van, ( it was very hot when we were there) to the marketplace where we shopped for the food we were going to cook. Enrique showed us lots of local fruits and vegetables, and explained how to use them. We actually went to three different shops to gather all the ingredients we would need. I was able to purchase the Mexican vanilla that I always bring home, at a very low price. Enrique then drove us to his lovely home, where we met his charming wife and sister. His cooking area is spotlessly clean, and complete with an overhead camera and large screen. We were given aprons to keep, and we helped prep the ingredients for tortilla soup and chilis rellenos, Both recipes very different from any we’ve ever had, and very delicious. He also showed us how to make the presentation beautiful and appetizing. We then ate the resulting lunch. Enrique then took us back to the ship, but dropped us off at Walmart so I could buy flip flops, which I had forgotten to pack! It was a fun day, full of local color, and Enrique emailed me all of his recipes when we got home.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Enrique C, Director General at Cookin' Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Muchas gracias for your candid review, it is great to hear you enjoyed this unique experience!
We hope to host you soon in our cooking classes and food tasting tours in Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen.
Mi casa es su casa.

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Reviewed October 4, 2019

Enrique is a great host! We spent time at the local open market to pick out food for our seafood cooking class. We got a great education on how to pick out the best seafood. Then took us to his house where we spent the afternoon cooking and eating. Everything was awesome! I would for sure go back and I recommend for anyone that is interested in a good afternoon of cooking and eating. Thank you Enrique!

Date of experience: October 2019
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Enrique C, Gerente at Cookin' Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2019

Muchas gracias for your candid review, it is great to hear you enjoyed this experience!
We hope to host you soon in our cooking classes and food tasting tours in Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen.
Mi casa es su casa.

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Reviewed October 2, 2019 via mobile

Chef Enrique was absolutely amazing. The market tour where you pick your own ingredients taught me so much. Next time I visit Vallarta I’m definitely going to take another class. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Enrique C, Gerente at Cookin' Vallarta, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2019

Muchas gracias for your candid review!
We hope to host you soon in our cooking classes and food tasting tours in Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen.
Mi casa es su casa.

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