The ambassador of Yucatecan cuisine in Costa Rica, José Luis Alcocer Rodríguez, has forged his history in that country, by recreating the flavors and traditions of this land of Mayab in typical dishes that have allowed him to conquer the palates of this Central American nation.
Years ago, he began his travels through Central America, and in Costa Rica, he met his wife, for just over 10 years he worked in Mexican restaurants, preparing dishes that were widely consumed and appreciated by the palates of Costa Ricans.
The chef took the opportunity to return to his homeland to participate in the second edition of the Sabores de Yucatán Festival, an event that highlights the culinary richness of the region, where local culinary tradition merges with the innovation of international cuisine, from ancestral to contemporary.
He commented that in Costa Rica, he began and consolidated himself with Mexican cuisine, to the extent that this allowed him to open two restaurants “Casa México, Aqui mis Tacos”, but it was Yucatecan gastronomy, which undoubtedly helped him consolidate the emblematic dish of the Cochinita Pibil, for its flavor and smell, and the “Yucatecan taco”, as it is called Salbute, has been the star dishes of its growth in that country.
The flavor of Yucatecan cuisine in Costa Rica has been such a success that one more dedicated to this land is about to open, called “Pueblo Maya.” The commitment is to a destination restaurant that will allow diners to learn about the history of the dishes and the preparation process.
This new establishment will offer a unique experience, allowing those who come to enjoy and learn about the preparation of Cochinita Pibil, from the hole for cooking it to the patting in the preparation of the tortillas.
Alcocer shared that his goal goes beyond offering delicious dishes, he wants people to not only enjoy a taco but also understand the rich history that each bite contains, from pre-colonial times to the present.
José has managed, through the Mexican embassy, the Institute of Culture, and in collaboration with UNAM, to promote Cochinita Pibil and Yucatecan culture in Costa Rica, which is why his dedication and passion have earned him recognition from the Ministry of Tourism and the support of the president of the Federation, Carlos Aguirre Aguilar. This appointment allows him to continue bringing the history and flavor of Yucatecan culture to Costa Rica.