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World-famous chef Joan Roca to bring haute cuisine flair to Mexican fare

Cancun, Mexico, Apr 5 (EFE).– Michelin 3-star chef Joan Roca has partnered with Spanish bank BBVA Bancomer to bring the haute cuisine of his restaurant El Celler de Can Roca to the Mayan Riviera, delivering an exclusive culinary tribute to Mexican fare.

Fotografía cedida del chef español Joan Roca hoy, jueves 5 de abril de 2018, en Ciudad de México (México). El chef tres estrellas Michelin Joan Roca traerá la alta cocina de su restaurante El Celler de Can Roca a Cancún con una experiencia gastronómica exclusiva que servirá de homenaje personal a la cocina mexicana. La cita gastronómica de alta cocina estará reservada a 200 comensales, el 8 y 9 de mayo en el hotel Moon Palace de Cancún, y la recaudación se destinará a la reconstrucción de las escuelas afectadas por los terremotos que afectaron a México en septiembre pasado. EFE

The proceeds of the May 8-9 banquets – which will be limited to 200 guests and hosted by Cancun’s Moon Palace Hotel – will go to rebuilding schools affected by the earthquakes that shook parts of Mexico on Sept. 7 and 19, 2017.

“We are doing this because we have a very deep loving relationship with Mexico,” Roca told EFE, adding that his fondness for the country stems, in part, from the fact that his brother Jordi’s wife is Mexican.

Although the menu has not yet been established, he said that he will be using products local to the Cancun region – such as Oaxacan cheese and corn, green salad with avocado, hot peppers, tequila sweets, glazed cactus and sweet lime – as a “tribute to Mexican cuisine.”

“It will be an interpretation of Mexican cuisine (using) our cooking style at El Celler,” he added.

The fare will also feature lobster and “mole,” a sauce used in traditional Mexican cuisine which may include peppers, almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate, green tomatoes, sesame seeds, corn and other ingredients, depending upon the variety.

Desserts will be based on vanilla and different varieties of chocolate – of which Mexico is the prime producer and exporter – as well as pulque, a fermented beverage regarded as the “drink of the gods” by the ancient Aztecs.

El Celler de Can Roca, located in the northeastern Spanish city of Gerona, is regarded as one of the world’s top five restaurants.

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