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Authentic Mexican Cooking Classes

If you long to discover the secret of cooking authentic Mexican food, local chef Josefina Gonzales Luigi opens the door to one of the most magical and misunderstood cuisines in the world.

Join Josefina in her kitchen where she shares her journey of discovery, by recreating regional Yucatecan delights and closely held family recipes from Cordova where she grew up as the protege of her grandfather, a renowned chef and hotelier in this beautiful mountain city.


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"Josephina, Thank you so much for your hospitality.  The food was wonderful and your kindness made it very special.  Good luck in your future endeavors."
Take care
Laurie, Chris & Mary from Florida

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" Thank you Josephina for a truly authentic Mexican feast.  This is the real thing!!!"  Thank you so much
Chef Anita Burrough, New Hampshire


Immerse yourself in Mexican family tradition with a truly hands-on experience and learn the artistry behind the Cocina Mexicana.
Josephina's class begin at the local marketplace where participants are taught how to select and pronounce the ingredients.

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Students never fail to have a great time practicing their new Spanish vocabulary with the local vendors.
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Back in the kitchen the fun continues as Josephina guides her students through the varied steps in preparing the ingredients - everything from roasting and peeling a Poblano chili to using a molcajete to make a special Poc Chuc garnish.


After your introduction to the nuances of Mexican cooking and the satisfying experience of seeing exactly how to prepare your very own specialty dish, it's time to take your place at the family dining table where you can savor the essence and flavor of traditional Mexican cuisine.


Hello!!  We are from Montana and can't get any Mexican food anywhere!!  Tim is a trained chef and LOVED every minute of this.
Josie (and her helper) were great!!  Loved the hospitality, the food, the "secrets".
Thanks - and we'll be back for the enchiladas!!
The Yuzeitis Family
Tim, Melissa, Kaitlyn and Lauryn

PS  I thought Tim made the best margaritas before.....Now I know better!


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Cozumel Cookery Offers:

Field trip to the local market
Chef demonstration--ask all the questions you like. Josie is completely bilingual!
Keepsake recipe
Traditional Mexican meal
Flexible class schedule


"Thank you - this was absolutely wonderful!  Everything tasted fantastic.  So great to be able to try authentic dishes"
Chef Kate Matthews

Select from one of the following dishes or contact us with your special request:

The Basics: Salsa, Guacamole and Refried Beans - Three "musts" for an authentic Mexican meal, using the freshest ingredients in just the right combinations.

Taquitos Dorados con Pollo - Tender chicken rolled in fresh tortillas, cooked to a golden brown and smothered in a tangy green or red tomato sauce topped with a light cream. Served with garnish of shredded lettuce, onion, thinly sliced radishes and a sprinkling of freshly crumbled cheese.


"What a wonderful experience!  Everything was truly delicious!!
Barbara Morris
Orlando Florida

Chiles Rellenos - Poblano chiles roasted and filled with cheese, dipped in homemade batter and fried to a golden brown. Served smothered in a delicate tomato and cream sauce.

Conchinita Pibil - Pork roast cooked in a Mayan achiote sauce, wrapped in banana leaves and slowly steamed to tender perfection.

Chiles en Nogada - Poblano chile stuffed with pork and fruit, topped with a cheesy white sauce.

Pollo Pibil - Chicken prepared in pibil sauce, and wrapped in tender banana leaves.

Sopa de Lima - Combination of regional vegetables, aromatic herbs, and moist chicken, combined with the tang of fresh lime, and served with homemade tortilla chips.

Tik'nxic - Red Snapper seasoned with achiote, sour orange juice and other spices, then grilled outdoors over a wood-charcoal fire.

Puerco en Salsa Huajillo con Sesame - Pieces of tender pork smothered in a zesty sauce made from Huajillo chile and roasted sesame seeds.

Tamal de Cazuela -- Tamales cooked in an earthenware pot, filled with chicken, chiles poblanos or mole.

Birria -- Clear soup with lamb garnished with cilantro, onion, tomato and chips


Josephina, Thank you for your warm Mexican hospitality and fabulous food!!
Carol Dunlan
Auburn, Alabama

Mole Poblano -- Chicken topped with a rich, traditional sauce of mild chili, cholate, peanuts and spices. Every great cook has their own mole and once you've tasted a guarded, home made recipe like Josephina' you'll never be satisfied with the canned stuff served in many restaurants again!

Pollo Adobado -- Chicken with a traditional sauce made of ground chiles, herbs and vinegar.

Pescado Envuelto -- Fish steamed with a special sauce inside a parchment envelope.

Potpourri Norteno -- Grilled beef, flour tortillas, beef with chile and tradionally prepared beans.

Tamales -- Your choice of beef, chicken or pork wrapped in a corn (masa) dough, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. Here again, every cook's is different and, as always, the secret is in the sauce!

Pescado a la Veracruz -- Fish cooked in tomato-based sauce with vegtables, a favorite Yucatecan specialty.

Pozole -- A soup with shredded pork, hominy and tomatoes served with a fresh vegetable garnish that generally includes sliced radishes, diced onions, cilantro and more.

Poc Chuc -- Delicious trilled pork with a Mayan red sauce, also a Yucatecan specialty.

Queso Relleno -- Another Yucatecan specialty which developed because of the availability of Gouda cheese straight from Holland. This delicious dish is made from a small gouda cheese stuffed with a spiced ground pork.

These are a sampling of the dishes Josephina can teach you. If you have something else you wish to learn -- and taste! -- Just Inquire.

What a wonderful experience!  Everything was truly delicious!!
Barbara Morris
Orlando Florida


CLASS FEES (cost of ingredients included)

Private Classes (your group only) 2-4 people: $79.00 per person, 5-6 people: $69.00 per person

Public Classes (5 people max) $69.00 per person

Individual Private Classes, one on one with Josephina: $125