Our Local Guide Graciela shines in the kitchen, on screen and really anywhere she goes. Her love for Mexican gastronomy, culture, and its people are just some of the reasons why her Mexico City Food Tour is a must for anyone visiting her hometown. Get to know the real Graciela Montaño and how she became the chef she is today.
For me, all tours are special in their own way, but I do have a list with my top ten experiences and memories so far:
Apart from teaching delicious recipes, I think it’s all about living the experience of México’s hospitality, about service and taking care of details. My kitchen is a special space for you to give it a try, learn something new and cook with your heart. My goal is for you to feel you are cooking at a friend’s house.
Really all the dishes… I love to cook and to share what I know. My greatest reward is when they tell me or send me the pictures of their creations back home. Spreading the love for Mexican food, our traditions and heritage give my life a meaningful purpose.
Being a local guide allows me to share and live Mexican gastronomy with a true sense of hospitality. Meeting people from all around the globe gives me the opportunity to see my world from another perspective. Being a TV host allows me to share my passion for Mexico and its gastronomy in each and every episode.
I remember being little and having my grandma pick me up from school; she took me to the market to pick up the ingredients we would later cook with. That is why I love markets and food so much. My mother always organized great family reunions and my father loved to eat street food, from quesadillas to tamales, tacos and “panza”. My sister and I were lucky to be exposed to all kinds of food from fancy restaurants to a street stand selling “tortas”.
Pablo Neruda, once consul of Mexico, said that if you really want to understand the life of a country you need to understand the life of a market. For me, markets are an open window to real Mexico.
Try to set some time apart to unwind and learn something new without the urgency or pressure of visiting all of the city’s sights. Take time to understand the culture, the way we eat, the ingredients and of course take a cooking experience with us.
Favorite Latin American country other than Mexico:
That´s a tough one, I need to make more #LocalAventuras.
Favorite cuisine from Mexico:
I can’t pick! Each one has a unique space in my heart.
Favorite dish from Mexico:
Right now: Mole!
One word to represent the essence of your country:
Favorite Latin American wine:
Casa Grande Gran Reserva Shiraz of Casa Madero in Valle de Parras, Coahuila, México.
Place in Latin America you’ve always wanted to visit:
Languages you speak:
English and Spanish
A traveler has 24-hours in Mexico City, what should they do?
Start with a Culinary Market Tour, eat some tacos, take a cooking class, visit an exhibition in any of our top museums, attend a show by the Mexican Folkloric Ballet and finish the day within a dining terrace downtown while the city unfolds and prepares for the next day.