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Principal Culinary Center - The Culinary Center, Cancún, ROO

The Culinary Center

4.9
4.9
46 Reviews
MXN500 and over
Mexican
Grab an apron and jump right into our very unique and fun Culinary Center, which has many options of cooking classes and culinary experiences to choose from.
The hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 1:00 or 6:00 P.M.

**Cooking Classes** (Interactive, no gluten free option)
Cucina Italiana
Cocina Mexicana
Jr. Mexican Cooking Class

**Interactive Chef Experience **
Magic Yucatan Flavors (Semi-interactive)

Chef Table
Regional México

**Deluxe Chef Experience**
Real Cancun Cooking (Private Experience)

Additional options are available for large groups and private events. For private events, timing and menu offerings can be customized, based on availability.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    MXN500 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Food Mon–Sat 1:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    998 881 0808 ext. 43
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Marisol Luna
  • Neighborhood
    Cancún
  • Cross street
    Blv. Kukulkan
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is complimentary
  • Public transit
    Hotel buses within a short walking distance of Ritz-Carlton, Cancún
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 46 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.9
4.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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46 Reviews
  1. Sarah

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the absolute best time! We made an amazing Yucutan cuisine meal complete with margaritas and dessert. Marisol and her team were so sweet and helpful and the view from the kitchen is absolutely breathtaking. Completely worth the money!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our chefs were really lovely and great at talking about the dishes and drinks pairing. The kitchen is also lovely. Where I had the biggest issue was the value for

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marisol and the interactive cooking class was superb! We enjoyed our afternoon thoroughly

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It is not a chefs table in the kitchen. Very over priced for the experience.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an incredible experience ! Chef Marisol Luna was incredible and food was magnificent.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marisol is amazing!

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  7. TeresaM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice experience and very pleasant hosts. Something interesting to do in Cancun if you are a foodie. Would have enjoyed more dessert or drinks....maybe ask and see if they can add more for an additional charge if its your preference too. I should have done that.

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  8. TimS

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a great meal at the culinary center. As it turned out, we were the only 2 people for the chefs table which was a team of 3 people. This allowed us to have a very personalized experience and it was well worth the money. All 5 courses were very interesting and authentic. The drink parings were very good as well.

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  9. Superb

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did both an interactive dinner (some cooking class work, but mostly eating) and a chef's table. Both were FANTASTIC. Highly recommended. Chef Marisol and her staff are charming and talented. We loved what was prepared, loved the explanations and interesting facts about different foods and their place in the Mayan and/or Mexican culture, and truly loved the personal attention and service. A really special, fun, exceptional dining adventure.

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  10. GailG

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great culinary experience in a fantastic and beautiful setting. We had Ritz Carlton Chef Marisol prepare a delicious meal while teaching us about the ingredients and history of the dishes. It was just my husband and I plus the staff of 4 chefs- WOW!! We loved the experience and the meal was 5 Star!! We will highly recommend.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you, Marisol! The food was delicious and beautiful! A fantastic experience! We will be back! Thank you for everything!

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  12. cocoabean

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fun experience cooking with Chef Maria and get super assistant Ricardo! Definitely a must do when in Cancun!!

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  13. ChuckS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Culinary Center at the Ritz Carlton Cancun was a fascinating experience. Chef Mara gave us a sense of real Mexican culture. She brought everything to life by not only helping us prepare the food, but also teaching us the history behind the ingredients we used. We recommend anyone who is interested in Mexican cooking to take this culinary journey. You will not be disappointed.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing, intimate dining experience in a large, deluxe gourmet kitchen, this five course chef's table meal is one I will remember. Animated chef Mara Barba infinitely enhanced the experience with her knowledge of the history of Mexico, its regions, history, and climate on the cuisine we sampled. Food was delicious, unusual and beautifully prepared. The dinner was interactive, and I learned so much. This dinner is a great value with cocktails, wine, and after dinner drinks included. I highly recommend this remarkable dining experience. It's certainly a best kept secret at the deluxe Ritz Carlton resort.

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  15. SteveD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    i went twice. once for the mayan flavors cooking class (you eat it all after!) and once for the special evening's chef's dinner where the chef prepares everything you are eating, 7 course, while telling stories of the cultures and the food

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  16. ElizabethZ

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time learning about mexican food in the cooking class. everything was delicious and we would love to go again

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievably awesome and highly recommended!!! We hope we can find the ingredients in the USA to make these delicious dishes!!!

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Magic Yucatan experience was amazing! Our group of 4 had an amazing time with this experience. Not only do you get to enjoy amazing food but you will learn about the history and the culture from the outstanding chef! We highly recommend this for a memorable night out.

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  19. HeatherB

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an awesome experience. My husband and I were actually the only two who were there so it was like having 4 chefs cook for you and who also showed us how to make certain dishes. The chefs were so genuine and friendly. Even after our lunch we stayed and talked to them about where we were all from and our families. Out of everything we did, this was our favorite thing we did while I’m Cancun.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So much fun!

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  21. friscofamily

    Dallas

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mara is excellent and has a great story to tell, which is part of the fun! Excellent food and good overall experience.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was such a great experience- Mara was an amazing chef and host! Would recommend to all as a wonderful culinary experience.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a awesome time. The chef and staff where very professional and made our experience an evening to remember.

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  24. DavidC

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was wonderful and intimate. The chef, Mara Barba, is an artist and as sweet and wonderful as you could ever ask for. We learned about Mexican wine (and its unusual history), how to make tortillas and sample an array of fabulous and creative Mexican-inspired dishes. It was just a small group, and we all had a wonderful time. The quality of the Ritz with more depth and less glitz. Go there!

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  25. DebbieJo

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mara was a gracious, fun and intelligent chef. We learned so much from her and had tons of fun. Best meal we had on our trip. Thank you Mara!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The culinary experience was extremely enjoyable. Chef Mara did an excellent job of describing the local cuisine and spent plenty of time explaining all of the ingredients, how they were sourced, and how to properly prepare them. Chef Mara also did a wonderful job with all of the wine parings. This is great for couples and it is maxed out at a total of four couples so no large groups, intimate and fun.

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  27. Nellie

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Mara provided an exceptional evening of food, drink, and fun.

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  28. jcbjr

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dinner experiences in Cancun. Always inventive, interesting, and enjoyable food and atmosphere.

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  29. Jamie5105

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect evening. The atmosphere was charming, the service was impeccable, and Chef Mara whipped up an unforgettable meal with really good wine pairings. Highly recommend to all Ritz guests looking for a quiet, unique meal experience. We couldn’t be more pleased with everything!

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  30. JuliaR

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very personal

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  31. GrantHigginson

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mara & Ricardo were outstanding hosts! The food was delicious and unique, and we learned a lot. I highly recommend visiting the Culinary Centre for a truly unique experience!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the chef’s table experience. Mara and her team were fantastic...delicious food and stories were shared to give us a deeper sense of local culture.

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  33. Paul

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mara and Ricardo were excellent in this hands-on cooking experience in the Culinary Center. We had a great time.

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  34. Sweetsjunkie

    Atlantic City

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mara and her staff are so pleasant and go in depth to explain all the local foods.

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  35. bobfaircloth

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best food experience we have had in awhile. Chef Mara makes it fun and educational. I recommend this as a "can't miss" event. Less info here is best so as not to spoil...we had no exact idea and left full, thrilled and thankful at our good choice!

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  36. CarolynL

    New Mexico

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Mara did a great job highlighting local ingredients while involving the 4 of us in the cooking. A great experience of local cuisine with a chef who is passionate about the food. Fun and informative.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. JeffF

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chefs Mara Barbara & Noe Garcia provide you with a culinary tour through the different regions of Mexico Chef Mara's passion for food shows as she talks you through each course with the knowledge and history of each ingredient. The food was amazing and included several personal creations by Mara. The atmosphere is like being in Mara's home kitchen and you are family over for a meal. This is a memory we will cherish from our trip.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. PaulL

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food experience in the hotel zone. Learn the secrets of Maya cuisine and enjoy local spirits. Great interactive cooking class and dinner. Salute Chef Mara!

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Culinary Center was great. Mara, the Head Chef was an absolute Gem. Her energy and knowledge helped make this experience one to remember. I would highly recommend this experience to others.

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  40. Smugrad

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! We had a great time learning to cook while enjoying delicious food, wine & conversation! Best meal & experience at the Ritz!!

    1 person found this helpful

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The Culinary Center is rated 4.9 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

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Retorno del Rey #36, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, ROO 77500

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Blv. Kukulkan
  • Neighborhood
    Cancún
  • Hours of operation
    Food Mon–Sat 1:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    MXN500 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is complimentary
  • Public transit
    Hotel buses within a short walking distance of Ritz-Carlton, Cancún
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Marisol Luna
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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