Guys, Mexican food is a thing. What? You already knew that? Duh. But the rest of the world didn’t.
Famed Mexican chef, Margarita Carrillo Arronte, sat down with Pati Jinchi of The Splendid Table and talked about one of Mexico’s highest food honors — and about one of the biggest cooking taboos becoming a thing of the past. Let’s start there.
“Los hombres en la cocina huelen a cuacha de gallina,” Arronte remembers her grandmother saying. Roughly translated it means, “Men in the kitchen smell like hen’s poop.”
That’s right. One of Mexico’s most famous chefs was raised thinking men don’t belong in the kitchen other than to “carry the heavy cazuelas.” But the UNESCO award winning chef says that mentality is seeing its last days. Some of the best up-and-coming chefs in Mexico are young and male.
Arronte also talks to Jinchi about how she has been working with a small group of historians and other chefs to have the United Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognize Mexican cooking…and it’s official. UNESCO has recognized Mexican food for cultural heritage. So, we could say tacos are SUPER important, culturally speaking.