|Miriam Peraza Rivero|
Miriam Peraza Rivero
Manjar Blanco (YucatÁn, mexico)
Born in Merida, Yucatan in 1954. Her parents were teachers by profession, but both with a passion for cooking (her mother was born in Valladolid, one of Yucatan’s gastronomic icons and her father was born in Dzilam Gonzalez, place of earthly flavors, very close to the north coast of the state). From them, she learned two things: a deep commitment to the culture of work and the mystical passion for the kitchen as a natural area where the family shared values, passions, cures to their fears and their deepest loves.
Her final arrival to cooking as a way of life had as previous steps the leather activity and the shoe industry, trades that taught her to travel with all the senses around almost every corner of this huge house that we call Mexico. All the places where the fire made its magic were for her obligatory terminals, mystical stations of spiritual enjoyment. She understood that local markets are living museums and that traditional cooks are the true ambassadors of this great country. The aromas, the flavors, the textures, the colors and the many stories behind each meal were those who guided her to her true vocation: the need to share day by day a fragment of our own culture, concentrated in the rainbow of our traditional dishes.
That is why in December 2011 the Manjar Blanco restaurant opened its doors. A humble piece of Yucatan heart for travelers of curious palate and for all those locals who want to return to the time of food without hurries and with long pauses for the prose.