Host: Ismael

Mexico City, Mexico

USD
$28-$80 per person

Contemporary Mexican cooking inspired by family recipes

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

Meet Ismael

Ismael is a professionally trained chef and wine expert who excitedly shares his passion for Mexican cuisine with his guests. He first learned to cook from his grandmother who taught him to prepare authentic home-style favorites. After attending culinary school he worked in some of Mexico's top restaurants before starting his own catering and private events business. His favorite style of cooking is deeply rooted in his grandmother's kitchen, with a modern twist. A true wine-lover, Ismael earned a master's degree in wine in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California's wine growing region. Don't forget to ask him about his love of artisanal Mexican cheeses, too!

Ismael lives with his father and younger sister who might join you for a meal if they are home during your visit. Ismael can cater to a wide variety of dietary restrictions and often creates unexpected vegetarian versions of traditional Mexican dishes. If you have any special dietary needs, just ask!

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-7 guests) At Ismael's table you will enjoy a variety of dishes that showcase his grandmother's traditional family recipes brought into the 21st century. He experiments with different ingredients to update and elevate traditional Mexican dishes and street food, resulting in fresh, seasonal dishes bursting with flavor. You might taste a Veracruz-style ceviche, tacos gobernador from northern Mexico (a rich, cheesy shrimp taco), or fish al pastor with grilled pineapple, his twist on the famous famous tacos al pastor.

For an additional charge Ismael offers Mexican wine and exotic cocktails, designed to complement your meal.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to prepare 2-3 dishes in a hands-on lesson in Ismael's kitchen. As you cook together he will tell you the stories behind the dishes you prepare, as well as how he came to learn and perfect his recipes. Additional dishes for your meal will be made in advance. You can expect to cook for about 1 hour before sitting down together to share the meal you helped to prepare.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet Ismael for a visit to Mercado San Juan, Mexico City's oldest gourmet market. For many years this was the only market in the city to sell imported gourmet goods and is now known as a haven for high quality ingredients and artisanal products. Ismael will take you to his favorite dealers, showing you where he selects the best fish, meat and produce. You might pick up a few ingredients for your meal before heading to his home, a 20 minute subway ride from this bustling marketplace.

Traveler reviews

My wife and I had a great time as guests of Ismael and his lovely family. We elected to budget plenty of time for the experience, and meet Ismael for a market tour before proceeding to his home. This gave us a much more in-depth taste of where the locals get their ingredients, and even getting samples & tastes of the raw ingredients (some also that weren't necessarily a part of our menu for the day). The food & drink prepared at Ismael's home was delicious, and throughout the whole day we learned a tremendous amount about how these ingredients and recipes have come to integrate into the local & regional culture in Mexico. Gracias Ismael por su hospitalidad! - Eating in Hayward September 19, 2017

I had an absolutely fabulous time with Ismael - he is such a gem. Throughout our cooking class he told the history of the dishes we cooked, as well as how he learned the recipes. Ismael made lovely cocktails to accompany the food--he’s really a pro behind the bar! He also whipped up a coffee cocktail for dessert, which was the perfect end to a perfect meal. Ismael seems to know all there is to know about food and drink, and doesn’t hesitate to share! He is incredibly passionate about both cooking and hosting. It was truly a pleasure to share a meal with him. - Heather, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Ismael

$28-$80 USD

per person
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Meet Ismael

Ismael is a professionally trained chef and wine expert who excitedly shares his passion for Mexican cuisine with his guests. He first learned to cook from his grandmother who taught him to prepare authentic home-style favorites. After attending culinary school he worked in some of Mexico's top restaurants before starting his own catering and private events business. His favorite style of cooking is deeply rooted in his grandmother's kitchen, with a modern twist. A true wine-lover, Ismael earned a master's degree in wine in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California's wine growing region. Don't forget to ask him about his love of artisanal Mexican cheeses, too!

Ismael lives with his father and younger sister who might join you for a meal if they are home during your visit. Ismael can cater to a wide variety of dietary restrictions and often creates unexpected vegetarian versions of traditional Mexican dishes. If you have any special dietary needs, just ask!

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-7 guests) At Ismael's table you will enjoy a variety of dishes that showcase his grandmother's traditional family recipes brought into the 21st century. He experiments with different ingredients to update and elevate traditional Mexican dishes and street food, resulting in fresh, seasonal dishes bursting with flavor. You might taste a Veracruz-style ceviche, tacos gobernador from northern Mexico (a rich, cheesy shrimp taco), or fish al pastor with grilled pineapple, his twist on the famous famous tacos al pastor.

For an additional charge Ismael offers Mexican wine and exotic cocktails, designed to complement your meal.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to prepare 2-3 dishes in a hands-on lesson in Ismael's kitchen. As you cook together he will tell you the stories behind the dishes you prepare, as well as how he came to learn and perfect his recipes. Additional dishes for your meal will be made in advance. You can expect to cook for about 1 hour before sitting down together to share the meal you helped to prepare.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet Ismael for a visit to Mercado San Juan, Mexico City's oldest gourmet market. For many years this was the only market in the city to sell imported gourmet goods and is now known as a haven for high quality ingredients and artisanal products. Ismael will take you to his favorite dealers, showing you where he selects the best fish, meat and produce. You might pick up a few ingredients for your meal before heading to his home, a 20 minute subway ride from this bustling marketplace.

Traveler reviews

My wife and I had a great time as guests of Ismael and his lovely family. We elected to budget plenty of time for the experience, and meet Ismael for a market tour before proceeding to his home. This gave us a much more in-depth taste of where the locals get their ingredients, and even getting samples & tastes of the raw ingredients (some also that weren't necessarily a part of our menu for the day). The food & drink prepared at Ismael's home was delicious, and throughout the whole day we learned a tremendous amount about how these ingredients and recipes have come to integrate into the local & regional culture in Mexico. Gracias Ismael por su hospitalidad! - Eating in Hayward September 19, 2017

I had an absolutely fabulous time with Ismael - he is such a gem. Throughout our cooking class he told the history of the dishes we cooked, as well as how he learned the recipes. Ismael made lovely cocktails to accompany the food--he’s really a pro behind the bar! He also whipped up a coffee cocktail for dessert, which was the perfect end to a perfect meal. Ismael seems to know all there is to know about food and drink, and doesn’t hesitate to share! He is incredibly passionate about both cooking and hosting. It was truly a pleasure to share a meal with him. - Heather, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$38 $36 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$56 $50 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$80 $72 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
2:00pm-4:00pm 8:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
12:30pm-3:30pm 6:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-3:30pm 4:30pm-9:30pm
Host Contact
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