About the Chef:
Mercedes Ahumada is a traditional Mexican cuisine Chef and founder of “Mercedes Ahumada Cuisine Mexicaine”, a company which supplies regional and traditional Mexican banquets in Paris and sells Mexican specialities.
Mercedes was born into a traditional family which was strongly influenced by Mexican cuisine and boulangerie.
Her grandmother, Doña Mercedes Peralta, who came from a farming background, was her first source of inspiration thanks to her strong leadership skills and her respect for the “milpa” (corn fields), which helped her to understand that it constitutes the perfect ecosystem of life and the basis of the Mexican diet.
She also grew up surrounded by bread ovens, as her grandfather, Don Quirino Ahumada, founded one of the first and most important bakeries of that period.
Mercedes never stopped cooking, even whilst studying chemistry and foreign languages, but it was only when she arrived in France that cuisine became her main focus once more.
Today, her Mexican tortilla recipe is distributed to around 7000 French homes, as part of a gastronomic kit, and is also sold in restaurants in France. It is available to the general public in countries including Spain, Holland, Germany and England.
On the programme: Mexican gastronomy and prehispanic techniques focusing on cocoa
Language: English and French