Cooking Classes in Oaxaca with Legendary Chef Susana Trilling
Oaxaca is referred to as a World Food Capital for good reason; the nuanced palates of its citizens and their never-ending celebration of the region's ingredients, recipes, and traditions results in a feast that begins the moment you jumpstart your day with hot churros and a mug of the Oaxacan hot chocolate known as champurrado to the second you conclude it with a mole stuffed tamale.
One of the best places to learn about Oaxacan cooking is at chef Susana Trilling's cooking school located about an hour from Oaxaca City. Susana is an iconic fixture of the Oaxacan culinary scene, having relocated there a quarter century ago after running restaurants in Manhattan.
Her classes delve deep into the history of Oaxacan food traditions, giving the recipes context and meaning. She's also developed a line of sea salt, moles, jellies, vinegars, and chocolate with local food producers that she sells at the school.
She offers a wide variety of cooking options from private lessons to cheese making sessions to public classes that kick off with a tour and lunch at the local farmers' market Etla and culminate in a feast comprised of the dishes students prepare during the day.