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Host: Manuel

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

USD
$60-$112 per person

Authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

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: (2-5 guests) Manu's style of cooking is rooted in authentic Mexican cuisine, but includes influence from Asia and the Mediterranean. 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: (2-5 guests) Join Manu in his home kitchen to learn how to prepare an authentic Mexican meal together. During your Puerto Vallarta cooking 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.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Mahi mahi ceviche
  • Shrimp sopes
  • Smoked marlin tacos with flamed plantains or beef shanks with cactus
  • Dessert such as cacao arroz con leche (rice pudding with cacao)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

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

Traveler reviews

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.
- Heidi November 19, 2019

"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 couple short blocks to the Fish and Produce market. The fresh fish was amazing, at least 5 different sizes/kinds of Shrimp, Red Snapper and others and even smoked Mahi. Then on to the produce, salad ingredients, veggies, fruit. On to fresh queso, eggs, and butter. We had a double suite with a full kitchen, so great to get extra fresh seafood and veggies. Manu showed us how to take dried chillis, roast and re-hydrate and make delicious sauce for our shrimp enchiladas and pork toastadas. Delicious!! The aromas in his quaint kitchen were amazing. Sea Bass Ceviche was so easy and tasty! He was so personable, a wonderful chef and teacher. We had such a lovely afternoon, heading back to the Marina with happily full tummies. Thank you, Manu!!
- Marcie and Judy June 13, 2018

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.
- Taha June 09, 2019

This is a foodie must do! Manuel, your guide, host and chef extraordinaire will first take a quick overview of your likes, dislikes and any food allergies or aversions you may have. You'll then head to the market, first stop, the fish monger. Here you'll find everything from shrimp, octopus, crabs and all types of fish! Next stop is the butcher and tortilla factory where you'll get the chance to see how to make fresh corn tortillas. From there, head around the corner to the market where you'll grab the rest of your fruits and vegetables. The sight sounds and smells of the market are fantastic! Once complete, you head back to Manuel's where the real fun begins. Manu that's what his friends call him will walk you through the menu and then it's time to get started! He takes care to make sure everyone has a drink and then it's time to get cooking. On this particular evening our menu was Vegetarian Enchiladas, Pork Adobo tacos and his Grammas beef tacos. In a true teaching experience you make everything from scratch, from torching the peppers for the Enchilada red sauce to roasting the tomatoes for the salsa. Care is taken with each step. And the food! Let me tell you, it was amazing. Each option had its own very distinct flavours and textures. If you are looking for an authentic foodie experience with an amazing chef, this is the our for you.
- Janice January 27, 2018

Thank you Manuel for giving us a wonderful cultural experience. We had a great time visiting the fish market, produce market, and walking through Puerto Vallarta then returning to prepare a feast. Clearly a highly skilled chef, I would recommend this to anyone who wishes for a local experience!
- Ryan January 23, 2018

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Manuel

$60-$112 USD

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $60 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $92 $92
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $60 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $92 $92
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
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: (2-5 guests) Manu's style of cooking is rooted in authentic Mexican cuisine, but includes influence from Asia and the Mediterranean. 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: (2-5 guests) Join Manu in his home kitchen to learn how to prepare an authentic Mexican meal together. During your Puerto Vallarta cooking 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.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Mahi mahi ceviche
  • Shrimp sopes
  • Smoked marlin tacos with flamed plantains or beef shanks with cactus
  • Dessert such as cacao arroz con leche (rice pudding with cacao)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

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

Traveler reviews

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.
- Heidi November 19, 2019

"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 couple short blocks to the Fish and Produce market. The fresh fish was amazing, at least 5 different sizes/kinds of Shrimp, Red Snapper and others and even smoked Mahi. Then on to the produce, salad ingredients, veggies, fruit. On to fresh queso, eggs, and butter. We had a double suite with a full kitchen, so great to get extra fresh seafood and veggies. Manu showed us how to take dried chillis, roast and re-hydrate and make delicious sauce for our shrimp enchiladas and pork toastadas. Delicious!! The aromas in his quaint kitchen were amazing. Sea Bass Ceviche was so easy and tasty! He was so personable, a wonderful chef and teacher. We had such a lovely afternoon, heading back to the Marina with happily full tummies. Thank you, Manu!!
- Marcie and Judy June 13, 2018

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.
- Taha June 09, 2019

This is a foodie must do! Manuel, your guide, host and chef extraordinaire will first take a quick overview of your likes, dislikes and any food allergies or aversions you may have. You'll then head to the market, first stop, the fish monger. Here you'll find everything from shrimp, octopus, crabs and all types of fish! Next stop is the butcher and tortilla factory where you'll get the chance to see how to make fresh corn tortillas. From there, head around the corner to the market where you'll grab the rest of your fruits and vegetables. The sight sounds and smells of the market are fantastic! Once complete, you head back to Manuel's where the real fun begins. Manu that's what his friends call him will walk you through the menu and then it's time to get started! He takes care to make sure everyone has a drink and then it's time to get cooking. On this particular evening our menu was Vegetarian Enchiladas, Pork Adobo tacos and his Grammas beef tacos. In a true teaching experience you make everything from scratch, from torching the peppers for the Enchilada red sauce to roasting the tomatoes for the salsa. Care is taken with each step. And the food! Let me tell you, it was amazing. Each option had its own very distinct flavours and textures. If you are looking for an authentic foodie experience with an amazing chef, this is the our for you.
- Janice January 27, 2018

Thank you Manuel for giving us a wonderful cultural experience. We had a great time visiting the fish market, produce market, and walking through Puerto Vallarta then returning to prepare a feast. Clearly a highly skilled chef, I would recommend this to anyone who wishes for a local experience!
- Ryan January 23, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $60 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $92 $92
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $60 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $92 $92
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
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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