Los Dos Cooking Classes with Chef Mario Canul, are a “must-do” for many travelers to Merida, Mexico. Chef David Sterling started the school in 2003 and went on to write his authoritative cookbook on Yucatecan gastronomy called YUCATÁN, which won the prestigious James Beard “The Art of Eating” prize before he passed away in 2016.
We offer a range of culinary experiences, trips to Merida’s lesser knows cantinas with great food, Mayan chocolate indulgence classes, customized food tours, or the full-day “Taste of Yucatan” class. Los Dos has hosted Martha Stewart, Rick Bayless and Diana Kennedy in our kitchen, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our world of amazing Yucatecan cuisine!
Our Cooking Classes
Taste of Yucatán class: Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round.
Cocina Económica & Private classes: Year-round by request.
If you’re looking for a hands-on cooking experience, Los Dos offers three different class options. The Taste of Yucatán is a seven hour deep-dive into the amazing and relatively unknown world of the cuisine of the Yucatán Peninsula. With the Cocina Económica half-day experience, we’ll go to a local pueblo where we’ll cook a signature recipe of a real Mayan family. If you have any specific areas of interest with regard to our local cuisine, book a Private Class with Chef Mario. We will be happy to tailor the class focus and size just for you.
Available year-round by request.
Our Tasting Classes at Los Dos are a great immersion into the flavors of the Yucatan. Chef Mario guides you through some of the best little family stands, restaurants and cocina económicas, where you’ll meet the proprietors and savor the unique flavors of each of them… all in places you probably wouldn’t find on your own. Transportation is provided and venues are rotated randomly to give everyone a chance to show off their specialties.
All-Inclusive Culinary Packages
Available year-round by request.
Leave the details to us when you book an All-Inclusive Culinary Package at Los Dos. We have access to great accommodation and transportation offerings at different price-points, and we’ll tailor the cooking experience to your specific desires relating to the cuisine of the Yucatán.
Seasonal Cooking Classes
Available on select dates.
Seasonal cooking classes at Los Dos are tailored to the amazing abundance of ingredients available throughout the year, as well as showcasing the many traditional dishes that are only prepared once a year. These coincide with local holidays and long-held traditions throughout the peninsula.
Part travelogue, part cookbook, MERCADOS: Recipes from the Markets of Mexico takes us on a tour of Mexico’s most colorful destinations—its markets—led by an award-winning, preeminent guide whose passion for Mexican food attracted followers from around the globe. Serving up more than one hundred recipes, MERCADOS presents unique versions of Mexico’s rich cuisine through stories and sumptuous color photographs. David Sterling’s final opus is at once a must-have cookbook and a literary feast for the gastronome.
An internationally recognized authority on Yucatecan cuisine, chef David Sterling takes you on a gastronomic tour of the peninsula in this unique cookbook, YUCATÁN: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition. Sterling serves up over 275 authentic, thoroughly tested recipes that will appeal to both novice and professional cooks. Profusely illustrated and spiced with lively stories of the region’s people and places, this book was the long-awaited definitive work on this distinctive cuisine.