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Host: Manuel

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

USD
$32-$98 per person

Authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Manuel

Manu is a professionally trained chef who loves to create innovative, modern fusions of classic Mexican dishes. After completing culinary school in his hometown of Guadalajara, he traveled abroad and lived in Canada, Spain, and Norway where he worked in a series of professional kitchens. After being away for 6 years, Manu returned to Mexico where he could indulge in his love of the food from home.

Now happily settled in Puerto Vallarta, Manu is a private chef, and works in the tourism industry. Feel free to ask him for his recommendations for the best places in town to get truly authentic dishes such as aguachile and pozole, or amazing street food such as tacos al pastor and churros.

Manu lives in a small, but cozy house located close to the center of the city. He is experienced in catering to all types of tastes, allergies, and dietary restrictions. Upon booking, please be sure to let him know your preferences.

"I love to cook and to share my experiences and knowledge of food!"

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Manu's style of cooking is rooted in authentic Mexican cuisine, but includes influence from Asia and the Mediteranean. You can look forward to enjoying dishes such as fresh ahi poke with avocado, sopa de elote con rajas con crema (corn soup with creamy poblano peppers), platanillo de res (boneless beef shank) with nopales (cactus), and cacao arroz con leche (rice pudding with cacao).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Manu in his kitchen to learn how to prepare a meal together. During your hands-on lesson, you can expect to learn how to make dishes such as mahi mahi ceviche, shrimp sopes, smoked marlin tacos, and flamed plantains; all with traditional techniques and ingredients. You can expect to cook for about an hour before sitting down to share the meal together.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) You will meet Manu at his home before setting out for the Mercado Cinco de Diciembre, located a short five minute 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. You will visit fruit and vegetable stands, a tortilleria (tortilla factory), a carnicería (butcher), and a pescadería (fish market), and learn how to choose the best ingredients from each. Upon returning to Manu's home, you will utilize all the fresh foods you gathered in order to create your meal together.

Traveler reviews

Manu is very easy going and nice to talk to. We had a fun conversation and he shared a ton of interesting anecdotes to accompany the meal. The dishes had a traditional feel with some modern touches, he is a really fast cook and really neat at that! I truly recommend him as a Traveling Spoon Host.
- Ismael, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Manuel

$32-$98 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $50 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$7 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $50 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$7 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 2:00pm-6:00pm

Meet Manuel

Manu is a professionally trained chef who loves to create innovative, modern fusions of classic Mexican dishes. After completing culinary school in his hometown of Guadalajara, he traveled abroad and lived in Canada, Spain, and Norway where he worked in a series of professional kitchens. After being away for 6 years, Manu returned to Mexico where he could indulge in his love of the food from home.

Now happily settled in Puerto Vallarta, Manu is a private chef, and works in the tourism industry. Feel free to ask him for his recommendations for the best places in town to get truly authentic dishes such as aguachile and pozole, or amazing street food such as tacos al pastor and churros.

Manu lives in a small, but cozy house located close to the center of the city. He is experienced in catering to all types of tastes, allergies, and dietary restrictions. Upon booking, please be sure to let him know your preferences.

"I love to cook and to share my experiences and knowledge of food!"

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Manu's style of cooking is rooted in authentic Mexican cuisine, but includes influence from Asia and the Mediteranean. You can look forward to enjoying dishes such as fresh ahi poke with avocado, sopa de elote con rajas con crema (corn soup with creamy poblano peppers), platanillo de res (boneless beef shank) with nopales (cactus), and cacao arroz con leche (rice pudding with cacao).

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Manu in his kitchen to learn how to prepare a meal together. During your hands-on lesson, you can expect to learn how to make dishes such as mahi mahi ceviche, shrimp sopes, smoked marlin tacos, and flamed plantains; all with traditional techniques and ingredients. You can expect to cook for about an hour before sitting down to share the meal together.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) You will meet Manu at his home before setting out for the Mercado Cinco de Diciembre, located a short five minute 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. You will visit fruit and vegetable stands, a tortilleria (tortilla factory), a carnicería (butcher), and a pescadería (fish market), and learn how to choose the best ingredients from each. Upon returning to Manu's home, you will utilize all the fresh foods you gathered in order to create your meal together.

Traveler reviews

Manu is very easy going and nice to talk to. We had a fun conversation and he shared a ton of interesting anecdotes to accompany the meal. The dishes had a traditional feel with some modern touches, he is a really fast cook and really neat at that! I truly recommend him as a Traveling Spoon Host.
- Ismael, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $50 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$7 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $50 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$7 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 2:00pm-6:00pm
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