Chef Joann, the mastermind behind Plated with Purpose, recently traveled to Mexico so we sat down to talk to her about her trip and how it influenced her culinary approach. Live vicariously through her travels:
|Q: Was this your first trip to Mexico?
No, but this was my first time to the Riviera de Maya. Previously, I’ve only been to Baja.Q: What did you discover in Mexico that you plan on bringing to your dishes?
It was a good reminder to always keep things simple and fresh. I always practice using quality, fresh and mostly local ingredients, but in the process of staying relevant and providing a lot of variety to my clients, I sometimes over complicate a dish. This was a good reminder to keep it simple and let the beautiful ingredients do the talking. The people in that region of the country eat primarily seafood, vegetables, fruit, potatoes and corn.
Q: While on vacation, do you cook?
Q: Do you have a favorite meal from this trip?
Q: What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with and why?