Mexican chef Alam Méndez Florián will be visiting Gauteng in September to promote Mexican gastronomy through a series of tastings and masterclasses. Chef Méndez’ visit has been organised through the initiative of Ven A Comer and conjunction with the valuable support of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (Amexcid).

With professional experience in both Mexico and abroad, Chef Méndez is an inspired choice to share Mexican gastronomy with the country. He’s currently in charge of the highly praised Pasillo de Humo Restaurant in Mexico City and he was recently a semi-finalist in the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 competition. He was also the winner of the Young Promising Mexican Gastronomic contest held in Ribera del Duero in 2014.

His restaurant, Pasillo de Humo, offers classic Oaxacan regional specialities, with items such as crispy flat tlayudas, tamales, egg dishes served in polished clay cazuelas and moles. The restaurant is described by Good Food Mexico as an “extraordinary Oaxacan ‘antojería’”. The pasillo in the restaurant’s name “refers to the smoky passage in that city’s market where tasajo – dried beef – is grilled over wood-fired coals.”

Chef Méndez will host and take part in various events from September 10 through to September 16, including Mexican food tastings at a number of Johannesburg-based restaurants and cooking master classes at the Prue Leith Chefs Academy and the Capsicum Culinary Studio campus in Pretoria.

Here is Chef Méndez’s current schedule for his Gauteng visit – please get in touch directly with each establishment for booking information: