Mexico is an explosion of stimulae for all the senses. We already knew this, but we experienced it again on our last trip to D.F. We were there for 4 days and attended Mesamérica, an annual gathering which is quickly becoming one of the most important and exciting culinary symposiums in the world.
Intense would be the most appropriate word to describe our experience and we couldn’t have asked for a better host than Chef Arturo Fernandez. Finding him this time in the role of head Chef of Restaurante Raíz is one of those gifts which fate bestows upon you. In 2004 Arturo worked with us as an apprentice in the kitchen and now he owns a restaurant which combines innovation, culture and education.
Mexico also gave us the chance to meet up with old friends like Massimo Bottura, René Redzepi, Gastón Acurio, Daniel Humm, Jordi Roca and Alex Atala, among others. In the end, it is during the chance meetings and brief shared moments that one learns the most important lessons at these gatherings.