Our contact in Mexico was Anna, whose sister Alex we had met and cooked with in Dublin. Anna introduced us to her fiance Gabriel, who took us to the restaurant he worked at – Axiote.
Owned by 2011 Mexican Chef of the Year Xavier Perez Stone, Axiote is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Playa del Carmen, serving contemporary twists on classic Mexican ingredients
While we were there we were lucky enough to be treated to a cookery demonstration and tasting with chef Xavier. He prepared Shrimp Ceviche with local lime, coconut and avocado and a dish of Kidney Scallops, burned habanero sauce and roasted red onion, along with an appetiser of Avocado with grasshoppers!