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Mexican Cooking Classes in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is known for it’s sandy white beaches, bustling Quinta Avenida (5th Ave – a pedestrian thoroughfare of shops, restaurants and more!) and its array of tourist activities it offers. This Caribbean beach “town” has an ultra-chic & hip feel. And tucked away in the heart of Playa is a great modern cooking school, Cocina Cosmopolita (a.k.a. Co.Cos).Cocos_-3

Coty, owner and an experienced chef, has been cooking since childhood. Cakes and other confectionary delights she devoted herself to cooking for others with love from a very early start. She took several cooking classes, “just for fun”, both in Mexico and France and eventually found herself cooking in an Italian Restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico.  Soon after, Coty joined the professional corporate world working in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires, but knew that this was not what she was cut out to do. She found herself missing the culinary world and wanting to feed people.

Returning to Mexico, she started putting a spin on modern Mexican cuisine but soon found herself in Germany for 8 years teaching Spanish & traveling. During this time she spent her non-teaching hours studying a variety of cooking techniques – perfecting the art. These hours of culinary self study finally gave her the push to take professional classes in Thailand (the cuisine that rocked her world during her travels). At this point, she knew what she wanted to do, teach others how to cook.

Co.Cos was established in 2009 in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, but was soon moved to the sunny beach town of Playa del Carmen. We invite you to join Coty for the day, a gal with a dream and passion for food and explore the many wonders of Mexican cuisine in her kitchen. Co.Cos offers a variety of cooking classes for all ages and experience. Great for couples, friends, family visitors, solo travelers and small parties – Coty invites you to her kitchen to cook for the day.

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Cooking Class Courses & Details

Co.Cos offers a variety of courses that can be taken during the week. Below is our weekly schedule of classes as well as descriptions of each course. Each class begins with a brief discussion of the planned menu for the day and a quick read-through of the recipes. Then it is time to get to work!

Hour Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Morning       Daily Course
Mexican Cuisine
(1 course meal)
10:00 am–1:00 pm
(3 hrs)
Daily Course
Mexican Cuisine
(3 course meal)
10 am–2:30 pm
(5 hrs)
Evening Daily Course
Mexican Cuisine
(3 course meal)
4:00–8:30 pm
(5 hrs)
Daily Course
Mexican Cuisine
(1 course meal)
4:00–6:30 pm
(3 hrs)
Daily Course
Mexican Cuisine
(3 course meal)
4:00–8:30 pm
(5 hrs)
  Drinking
School
(3 cocktails
with appetizer)
7:00 – 10:00 pm
(3 hrs)

Three Course Meal Class – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

The 3-course meal is a 5 hour hands-on cooking class taught Monday & Wednesday afternoons as well as Friday mornings. In this course you will gain knowledge of how to easily & quickly prepare a 3-course meal for your family & friends. Please come prepared to eat as you will eat what you make and 3-courses is quite a bit of delicious food.

Additionally, in this course you will learn about the variety of fresh & dried chilis along with other traditional Mexican ingredients that you will use throughout the class. And, you can’t forget TEQUILA! That’s right you will also have a crash course on two of Mexico’s most famous spirits – Tequila & Mezcal (you will also learn how to drink each properly – sorry this is not Señor Frogs).

As for what you will be cooking…recipes are based on the chef’s whim for the day and what is fresh and seasonal. If you have any specific dietary requests we kindly ask that you provide those details ahead of time as we will do our best to accommodate you.

Rates (cost of ingredients, material & recipes included) **aqua frescas, water, coffee, beer and wine are offered and included:

Adult Daily Session: $115usd per person

Private Individual Session: $149.50usd *we also can teach from a fully equipped vacation rental 2 person minimum to book an in-home private lesson + cost of transportation if outside of Playa Central

Adult 4-Session (monthly course – 1 class a week): $392usd per person (that is $98usd per class! a great deal!)

Children (12 and under): 50% discount – our classes are very child friendly and we do encourage families to join us. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult student.

Guest Diner: $40usd – Have a friend/ partner that doesn’t want to cook? No problem! You can invite them as a guest at the end of class to dine with you. This also includes the mezcal & tequila lesson along with wine/ beer/ agua fresca.

One Course Meal (or Two Appetizers) – Tuesday, Thursday

Don’t have time for a 5 hour class? That’s ok! We also offer a 3 hour 1-course meal class (or two appetizers). Join us on Tuesday afternoons or Thursday mornings for our special class. This class will give you a hands-on fast approach to preparing a simple “work-week-meal”.

Even though you are cooking less courses in this class you won’t miss out on all the fun about chiles and tequila. Yep, you will get a crash course in fresh versus dried chiles as well as your tequila/ mezcal tasting. Recipes that are provided are based on the “chef’s choice” for the day from fresh & seasonal ingredients, so please if you have a specific dietary request, let us know ahead of time.

Rates (cost of ingredients, material & recipes included) **aqua frescas, water, coffee, beer and wine are offered and included:

Adult Daily Session: $79usd per person

Private Individual Session: $102.70usd *we also can teach from a fully equipped vacation rental 2 person minimum to book an in-home private lesson + cost of transportation if outside of Playa Central

Children (12 and under): 50% discount – our classes are very child friendly and we do encourage families to join us. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult student.

Guest Diner: $25usd – Have a friend/ partner that doesn’t want to cook? No problem! You can invite them as a guest at the end of class to dine with you. This also includes the mezcal & tequila lesson along with wine/ beer/ agua fresca.

SPECIAL NOTES: As we mentioned the menu(s) are pre-selected by the chef and based on what is seasonal and fresh. So, please let us know ahead of time if you have any specific dietary requests and we will do our best to accommodate them. We do need this information prior to your arrival to class. Thank you for your understanding.

Also, if you are a repeat guest we are delighted to host you again! Let us know if you have already visited the school and which recipes you have prepared as we are happy to make something different.

We have a 2 person minimum policy to start a class (although do inquire for private lessons & details). If we do not have enough students to book a class we are happy to put you on a waiting list. Additionally, we do like to keep cooking classes small so our maximum number of participants is 12 students – this still gives you a hands-on cooking experience. The cooking school is equipped with enough equipment for every one to have a hands-on experience. Including prep stations and cooking stations.

Cocktail & Appetizer Course – a.k.a. Drinking School

Bummer – class on a Friday night? Well don’t worry this is not your ordinary “school”. Join us every Friday for our special evening course on cocktails & appetizers/ tapas. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening learning and mixing. You will learn to make three different cocktails. And along with the mixology you will also learn how to pair these drinks with food (you will also make 3 different appetizers/ tapas). And if the 3 hours isn’t enough for you, stay with us on our open public terrace and invite your family and friends to join you to show off your creations.

Class includes: 3 cocktails & 3 appetizers (or tapas)

Rates (cost of ingredients, material & recipes included):

Student: $89usd * The minimum age for drinking school is 18. If you have people under that age in your group, it may be possible to arrange an appetizer/ tapas evening experience – please inquire for details.

Guest Diner: $35usd – as we said, family and friends are welcome to come at the end of class to enjoy the food & drinks you have prepared.

  

“Amazing Culinary Experience – ….This was the greatest experience in Playa del Carmen. Coty’s personality makes this experience so much fun. She catered to our needs specializing the menu. We had such a great evening with amazing food that we made ourselves… This is a must do for anyone who likes to cook and to learn.” – Canada

“CoCos – a must do for foodies in Playa! -My husband and I went to Mexico for our honeymoon…It was a fantastic afternoon/evening of cooking, learning about Mexican cuisine…I love to cook and feel super pleased to walk away from this lesson back home armed with new found specialities.” – United Kingdom

“Great for all ages! – …My husband booked this cooking class as a present for me, my sons, and their friends. Although none of the six boys would ever voluntarily chose to do this, each one had an amazing time besides learning how to prepare a wonderfully delicious dish. My boys are all different ages: 50, 21, 17,16, and 2 at 13! Out of all the activities we did, this one will be remembered forever….” – Durham, NC

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