Mexico joined the eighth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE as culinary destination of the year. As a Mexican that’s exciting! The festival took place from October 15 – 18, 2015 and it was recently recognized as the #3 food and restaurant industry event in the U.S. by BizBash for the third year in a row. Designated as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, Mexican cuisine has been making an indelible mark on the world as countless chefs and gourmands continue to redefine the meaning and expression of Mexican cooking. YUMMY!

Chefs Margarita Carrillo & Arnie Marcella presented a dish inspited by their trip to Guadalajara at the Mexican Pavillion inside the NYCFWW

Mexico’s gastronomy has never been more exciting than it is today, making it a great fit for its culinary destination of the year distinction at the festival. Thought-provoking chefs, boundary-pushing artisans and innovative creators are changing the landscape and contributing to an unparalleled gastronomic movement in a country where food is central to its culture. Its lively markets and street food, rich flavors with thousands of years of history, combined with modern and innovative cooking techniques are taking the country’s cuisine to new heights.

Chef Elena Reygadas

The tastes, smells and textures of Mexico’s modern gastronomy will came to life during the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival to not only delight the palate, but also inspire a journey through all of Mexico. From winemaking regions of Baja California to the coffee fields of the south, to cheese production in the north to the mole of Oaxaca and the mouthwatering cochinita pibil of Yucatan, there’s something to discover in every corner.

Mexico’s presence at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival highlighted the country’s visionary gastronomic movement, which includes a focus on fresh ingredients. The festival offered the opportunity for collaboration between top Mexican and American chefs to create and interpret dishes, exploring bold new culinary territory.

Dish by Chef Enrique Olvera

The most representative flavors of Mexican gastronomy were featured at three key events at the Festival with the participation of celebrated chefs.

1. Mexican Pavilion. Mexico hosted a special pavilion at the Festival’s signature Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard at Pier 94. Mexican and American chefs teamed up at the pavilion to offer a collaborative interpretation of Mexican flavors.

Duck Tortas inspired by Chef Jehangir Mehta's visit to Puebla, Mexico

2. Mexico’s Dinner with Enrique Olvera and Jordi Roca. Enrique Olvera, whose restaurant Pujol in Mexico City is ranked No. 16 in the world, welcomed renowned pastry Chef Jordi Roca to his New York City restaurant, Cosme, for this special dinner. Roca is the youngest of three brothers who oversee seminal Catalan restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, ranked No. 1 in the world, in Girona, Spain.

3. Tacos & Tequila was presented by Mexico hosted by Aarón Sánchez. Host of hit Food Network shows Chopped and Taco Trip, Aarón Sánchez was joined by top chefs presenting creative taco interpretations at Urbo, a culinary multi-plex located in the heart of Manhattan.

One of the dishes by Chef Enrique Olvera

During September and October, Mexico will also host special tours for top chefs across the most important cities in the country. Tours will highlight Mexico’s flourishing gastronomic scene and foster collaborative relationships between participating American and Mexican chefs.

Text Credit: H+M Communications and EsteeEatz

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