Mexico’s traditional cuisine is the first ethnic cuisine in the world to be recognized by UNESCO on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The organization announced the honor following a presentation of Mexico’s traditional dishes by acclaimed Chef Enrique Farjeat, accompanied by other renowned Mexican chefs and regional cuisine cooks.
“This acknowledgement by UNESCO, the first in the organization’s history, is a testament to the cultural heritage and colorful flavors found in Mexican food,” said Chef Farjeat. “I am honored to represent Mexico and to have presented our culinary traditions before UNESCO and the world.”
In recognizing Mexico’s gastronomic tradition, UNESCO stated: “Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model comprising farming, ritual practices, age-old skills, culinary techniques and ancestral community customs and manners. It is made possible by collective participation in the entire traditional food chain: from planting and harvesting to cooking and eating.”
“Visitors and cooking enthusiasts have long appreciated the irresistible flavors of Mexico’s cultural cuisine–handcrafted from local ingredients in age-old ways–and now UNESCO has made it official,” said Farjeat, who’s passion for Mexican cooking extends throughout his career and his present position as executive chef of the St. Regis Hotel Mexico City.