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Best Selling Celebrity Food Writer/Chef Mark Bittman To Host “Cooking And Conversation” Classes At The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun Culinary Center

Cancun, Mx. – The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is offering an exclusive weekend of cooking and conversation with Best selling Celebrity Food Writer/Chef Mark Bittman, November 13-16, 2008. Limited to only 16 people, the weekend will be filled not only with expert cooking advice and hands-on lessons but loads of fun for all attendees, from the experienced gourmet to the aspiring backyard chef.

Classes will be taught in the state-of-the-art Viking equipped kitchen at the Culinary Center, whose windows overlook the Caribbean. While the schedule of classes is still being finalized, they include the cuisine of the Yucatan with a visit to the local fish and produce markets to explore the best ingredients, returning to the academy kitchen for class; then dine outside on the terrace to enjoy the meal with a selection of unique Mexican wines. A casual barbeque on the beach will give guests the chance to grill along with Mark Bittman as they sample an array of Tequilas from the hotel’s collection of more than 100 varieties.

A typical Mexican brunch and an afternoon visit to area restaurants to sample the best of local cuisine will be followed by an afternoon of leisure activities, including couples massage in the award-winning spa. An evening dine-around at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun’s AAA five diamond restaurants will include menus created by Mark Bittman and prepared by the resort’s chefs. At each class and all activities, guests will be able to share their love of food, and questions about the best ways to prepare it, with the chef/author, while enjoying the company of other fellow cooking enthusiasts.

Available for $5,800 USD per couple, this alluring culinary package includes overnight accommodations, all cooking lessons, tastings, meals and recreational activities planned for this special weekend of gastronomic delight. For reservations please contact you travel professional, the hotel directly at 52-998-881-0808 or visit ritzcarlton.com. Additional room nights available at prevailing rates.