The Culinary Center - The Ritz-Carlton Cancun

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MXN500 and over
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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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Sarah
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marisol and the interactive cooking class was superb! We enjoyed our afternoon thoroughly

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

It is not a chefs table in the kitchen. Very over priced for the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible experience ! Chef Marisol Luna was incredible and food was magnificent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marisol is amazing!

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TeresaM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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TimS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Superb
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipGailG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Marisol! The food was delicious and beautiful! A fantastic experience! We will be back! Thank you for everything!

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vipcocoabean
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun experience cooking with Chef Maria and get super assistant Ricardo! Definitely a must do when in Cancun!!

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ChuckS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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SteveD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ElizabethZ
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably awesome and highly recommended!!! We hope we can find the ingredients in the USA to make these delicious dishes!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So much fun!

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vipfriscofamily
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a awesome time. The chef and staff where very professional and made our experience an evening to remember.

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vipDavidC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipDebbieJo
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipNellie
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Mara provided an exceptional evening of food, drink, and fun.

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vipjcbjr
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinner experiences in Cancun. Always inventive, interesting, and enjoyable food and atmosphere.

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Jamie5105
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very personal

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GrantHigginson
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Paul
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mara and Ricardo were excellent in this hands-on cooking experience in the Culinary Center. We had a great time.

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vipSweetsjunkie
Atlantic City
38 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mara and her staff are so pleasant and go in depth to explain all the local foods.

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vipbobfaircloth
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipCarolynL
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JeffF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipPaulL
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipHolleeH
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We had a great time learning to cook while enjoying delicious food, wine & conversation! Best meal & experience at the Ritz!!

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The Culinary Center - The Ritz-Carlton Cancun is rated 4.9 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

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