With master instruction, learn the rich culinary tradition of Mexico’s cuisine in the majestic central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. Extendable 4-week terms during Autumn 2015 and throughout 2016.
Apply Now Through Sunday, November 15, 2015.
Early applications receive priority consideration and immediate processing.
This unique instructional residency offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international chefs, cooks, food stylists, food historians, and culinary professionals in general as well as culinary students age 25 and over.
With a history that spans 30 centuries, Mexican cuisine is at the core of Mexico’s diverse cultures and identities. Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model that comprises complex relationships with the environment, ritual practices, culinary techniques, collective memory and knowledge, including ancestral community customs and manners. Regarded by UNESCO as a world treasure, it was inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Mexican Culinary Arts Instructional Residency explores the rich culinary tradition of Mexico’s baroque cuisine, from its roots, ritual functions, fusion and contemporary expressions through its ancestral techniques, culinary history within Catholic convents, and its role in magnificent celebrations such as the Day of the Dead ofrendas (altars).
This gastronomic residency includes 4 weeks of instruction (48 hours total; 12 hours per week) by a prominent local chef in several diverse traditional and contemporary Mexican techniques using local ingredients and resources. Instruction is in Spanish or English. For this residency, participants will learn, practice, and collaborate with our culinary partner restaurant Moyuelo – Contemporary Poblano Cuisine located on Avenida Juárez in the heart of Puebla’s upscale dining district. Moyuelo offers a professional kitchen and dining room as a platform that facilitates the process of learning and exchanging food experiences. Residency participants are invited to experience the complexity of Mexican cuisine and the richness of local ingredients while understanding the context, history and tradition of pre-Columbian, Novohispanic, traditional, and contemporary Mexican recipes and techniques. They learn the basis of Mexican cuisine, founded on corn, beans, chiles, and squashes, including techniques such as nixtamalization (lime-hulling maize, which increases its nutritional value), and the essential tamales and moles as well as the diversity in use of utensils and materials including stones, wood, and ceramics.
Our residency programs are process-oriented, and the core of the residency is a critical approach to cooking, learning, and research. Our staff and board of directors have designed a curriculum for the residency programs that facilitates a critical dialogue between the culinary resident’s practice and the context encountered. In order to challenge stereotypes and preconceived notions of Latin America, all programs include an introduction to the complexity of Mexican identities, and this particular program focuses on the history of gastronomy and ingredients.
CULINARY ARTS INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY INCLUSIONS
The residency fee covers instruction, ingredients, accommodation, meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with guidance and assistance from our staff, studio space, some tools, and basic materials and supplies for the instructional course.
All Arquetopia residencies include weekly individual meetings with our staff for research assistance, residency guidance and discussions.
Accommodation and Meals:
Furnished, private bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge areas, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terraces, and shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers are provided. Meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are included.
Studio Workspace and Materials:
Large and bright, shared art studio with natural light is provided with personal workspace, large tables, some tools, and materials and supplies for the instructional course. Materials and supplies for additional project production are not included but are available for purchase locally. Access to special facilities (such as our culinary partner restaurant) is also provided.
RESIDENCY FEE, DATES, AND TERMS
Term Length: 4 weeks. Dates are not preset but are nominated by the applicant.
Fee: USD $795 per week.
Payment Deadlines: Option 1: Deposit of 20% of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection. Balance of Residency Fee due by 60 days prior to residency start date. Option 2: Deposit of 10% of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection. Balance of Residency Fee due by 90 days prior to residency start date.
HOW TO APPLY
Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.