Chef offers culinary tour of Cuba

Posted: 01-Sep-15 11:08

An award-winning chef is offering a food-themed trip to Havana in October. If you are a passionate foodie, why not get involved in this unique culture experience?

Chef offers culinary tour of Cuba

Award-winning chef Guillermo Pernot will be guiding Americans through the buzzing urban farms and farmers' markets next month. He will be taking tourists inside the private homes of the best chefs in the country and the classrooms of a Cuban cooking school. The aim of the tour is to expose the culinary culture and history of Cuba.

Cuba is undergoing a culinary renaissance and creative chefs are putting a new twist on traditional foods. They are using the old ingredients, but they are transforming them in new and exciting ways. You will still be able to find traditional meals such as yucca or Malanga, but there will be new twists such as pickled chilli or a micro cilantro.

In the past 20 years the food scene in Cuba has resided mostly in the private homes of chefs, in small and intimate restaurants called paladares. However, Cuba is seeing more restaurants opening outside the home. Cuban food is progressing and it is now possible to hire a chef and some staff and open a business.

However, there are still struggles when it comes to operating a culinary business in Cuba. They are still missing some of the equipment and some of the raw materials. For example, there is sometimes a butter shortage in the country or a dearth of other ingredients – such as potatoes.

The October trip offered by Cuba Libre's Pernot will be the second time that American tourists go on a culinary journey through Cuba – the first was in 2012. Pernot will be looking forward to seeing the changes that have taken place in the tourism industry since the travel restrictions to Cuba have eased at the beginning of this year. He is already planning a third trip to Cuba for March 2016.

When Pernot visits Cuba he always finds a new source of inspiration. Every time he comes to this island nation he discovers something new, such as a technique or a new type of vegetable. There is always something to draw upon to inspire his cooking.

If you are passionate about food and want to learn about the culinary culture of Cuba, why not check out this tour?


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