A Visual and Sensory Feast: The Arrival of the Michelin Guide in Mexico Celebrates the Art of Cooking

Naturaleza con luna sonriente, DIVAL, Julián Díaz Valverde

At the intersection of gastronomy and art, we find a relationship as old as humanity itself. Throughout history, food has not only been sustenance but also inspiration and protagonist of countless art masterpieces. The recent arrival of the Michelin Guide in Mexico further highlights the growing importance of cooking as a form of elevated art, capable of touching the deepest fibers of our being and evoking emotions that lead to changes in consciousness.

From Caravaggio’s still lifes, where fruits and meats were represented with astonishing realism and loaded with symbolism, to Diego Rivera’s vibrant market scenes that capture the cultural and social essence of Mexico through its food. In contemporary times, artists like Vik Muniz have used food to recreate iconic images, transforming the everyday into something extraordinarily artistic.

Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio, London)

Internationally, artists like Giuseppe Arcimboldo played with food to create surreal portraits made entirely of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, challenging our perceptions of food and art. Nationally, Frida Kahlo incorporated culinary elements into her work to express her identity and personal suffering, as well as her deep connection with Mexican heritage.

Not just in visual representation but in its execution, cooking has evolved to become an art in itself. Chefs, like painters and sculptors, use their medium to provoke, tell stories, and leave a lasting impression on those who encounter their creations. Ingredients are their palette; culinary techniques, their brushes and spatulas; and the finished dishes, their canvases.

Vertumno. Skoklosters, Suecia (Giuseppe Arcimboldo)

The recent inclusion of Mexico in the prestigious Michelin Guide is a testament to the global recognition of Mexican culinary art. The guide has highlighted 157 restaurants in Mexico, including two with two Michelin stars, recognizing excellence in flavor harmony, ingredient quality, and technical mastery. This is a moment of national pride and a significant boost for the local gastronomic industry.

I invite you to explore and appreciate these culinary gifts. Just as we would visit a gallery or museum to immerse ourselves in visual art, exploring recognized restaurants and those on the rise allows us to connect more deeply with our culture and those who shape it. We congratulate Mexican chefs who, with each dish served, offer us an edible piece of art that fosters a dialogue between our traditions and global trends, thus enriching the vast landscape of world art.

Viva la Vida, Frida Khalo, Museo Frida Kahlo, Ciudad de México

I invite you to visit the Michelin Guideto learn in detail about the restaurants that have been awarded. Also, I encourage you to explore not only these recognized places but also lesser-known chefs and cooks. Just like emerging artists in the art world, these culinary talents need to be discovered and appreciated. Every chef, no matter how well-known, has a unique voice that can resonate with those willing to explore new gastronomic experiences. Let’s take this opportunity to rediscover Mexican cuisine, not only as part of our national identity but as a form of art that challenges us, comforts us, and enriches us. Also, I encourage you to explore not only these recognized places but also lesser-known chefs and cooks. Just like emerging artists in the art world, these culinary talents need to be discovered and appreciated. Every chef, no matter how well-known, has a unique voice that can resonate with those willing to explore new gastronomic experiences. Let’s take this opportunity to rediscover Mexican cuisine, not only as part of our national identity but as a form of art that challenges us, comforts us, and enriches us.





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