Meet the Presenter Mayari Castellanos

Meet the Presenter Mayari Castellanos

As a part of our 2021 Empowering Chocopreneurs© series Equipment Basics, we are excited to bring the webinar on "How to use Melangers" by Chef Mayari Castellanos, who is multitalented - a  teacher, award winning chocolate maker, archeologist & more. 

MayariMayari Castellanos is a graduate archaeologist at the University of the Americas, Mexico with a postgraduate degree in ceramic restoration and conservation. She is an associate researcher at INAH Mexico and the New World Archaeological Foundation, UT.  She is a member of the International Scientific Committee on Chocolate Flavors in the World. Lover of traditional cuisine and gastronomy. She also studied pastry and specialized in the art of chocolate. She is a professor of Archeology, World Heritage and Food Culture for the University of Chiapas.

Coming from a family that loves culture, gastronomy and cocoa farming, she is also the CEO of the KAKAW Museum, Chocolate Factory, Plantations, and co-owner of the restaurant “La Capitania '' where she did the work of gastronomic restoration, studying the cuisine of the convents and the culinary of colonial times. Its culinary projects have been awarded the “National Heritage of Flavor” y “Culinary Excellence''.

She has represented Mexico since 2010 in different national and international scenarios with her line of chocolate bars,  spreading the history of cocoa, the evolution of cocoa to chocolate and more.  Kakaw Museo has been a participant in numerous exhibitions inside and outside Mexico. She has given lectures at the world's largest chocolate events since 2010 including Salon Du Chocolat in its different venues such as Paris, Madrid, Brazil.  She has also been an exhibitor at the Eurociocolate, Italy as well as chocolate festivals in Central America. She is a participant and speaker of the Salon Chocolate México, Cacao Festival del Chocolate Tabasco. MX, Salon Gourmet, to name a few.


Mayari has also taught several of CocoaTown's bean to bar workshops in India, Mexico and USA. 

Mayari wants to spread the enormous historical and cultural legacy of cocoa, the importance of this sacred fruit for the pre-Hispanic indigenous peoples. She is passionate about the Mayan traditional arts.

Join Chef Mayari and CocoaTown as we explore this important piece of the bean to bar process on Saturday January 16, from 12 noon - 2 pm Atlanta time. Please note the new time for this webinar.

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