Chef’s Table is back with another instalment, this time taking on the world of BBQ.
The four-part special series will look into some of the most renowned pitmasters. From Texas to the Basque Country, Chef’s Table: BBQ looks at the barbecue technique and history from around the world.
Rosalia Chay Chuc is featured in the fourth and final episode. Rosalia barbecues at her home in Yucatán, Mexico and her cochinita pibil (slow-cooked pork) is a traditional dish from the area.
So, who is Rosalia Chay Chuc?
Who is Rosalia Chay Chuc?
Unlike the other chefs featured on Chef’s Table: BBQ who all operate out of restaurants, Rosalia is based from home. This means that it’s not the easiest to pop by her house and try the BBQ.
Rosalia is famous for barbecuing with Mayan cooking techniques which are over a millennia old. Her celebrated dishes, which are well-known and loved in the area are cochinita pibil and relleno negro. Chefs have come from all over the world to learn from Rosalia, and be taught the Mayan cooking technique.
Rosalia’s hometown is in Yaxunah, Yucatán where she still lives to this day. She was taught to cook by her grandmothers and started cooking at a young age. She started out preparing tortillas and cooking food in the traditional underground oven.
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In the fourth episode of Chef’s Table: BBQ, Rosalia explains her reasons for cooking in this ancient style.
That land [Yucatán] is the last connection to the Maya. Many people in Mexico do not believe that Maya life is important. If we don’t rescue our Maya tradition, all our beliefs will be lost.
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How to try Rosalia Chay Chuc’s barbecue
If you thought that trying Rosalia’s barbecue would be a difficult feat, then we have some good news. Rosalia runs all kinds of culinary experiences that you can book. But first, you have to get yourself to Yaxunah in Mexico!
On Rosalia Chay Chuc’s website, it shows all the experiences on offer. There is the BBQ and Cochinita Pibil Experience, a 1 Day Mayan Culinary Experience, 4 Day Culinary Mayan Journey Discovery, 8 Day ‘Discover the Culinary Jewels of Riviera Maya and Yucatan’ trip.
Rosalia also hosts cooking classes, cooking demos and tequila tastings. Sign us up!
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Everything began with a tortilla. My initiation into the Mayan cooking techniques was when my grandmother taught me how to prepare “tortillas a mano” – handmade tortillas – as a child. I watched my grandmothers and family cooking in the Pib (Traditional Mayan underground oven) and I couldn’t wait for it to be my turn. Now, I dedicate my life to my family, my cooking and my embroidery.
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