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June 24, 2013updated Jul 01, 2013

Top Guest Chefs to Appear at Rancho La Puerta

By Chris Boyle

Food lovers are in for a real treat at the stunning Rancho La Puerta fitness resort and spa this Fall, where they will have the chance to take part in hands-on cooking lessons alongside four famed US chefs. 

La Cocina Que Canta at the Ranch

The Fiesta will take place at both the spacious Ranch and the beautiful La Cocina Que Canta culinary center, full of rustic charm (pictured)

During the resort’s annual Culinary Week, Fiesta de la Cocina Que Canta – from September 28 to October 5 – guests will have the chance to get involved in a wide variety of culinary celebrations and live-cooking demonstrations. 

The week will focus on sustainable cooking tips and techniques, allowing culinary enthusiasts to learn practical skills that can be applied in their home kitchen, long after the vacation is over. The culinary week experience also includes Rancho La Puerta’s all-inclusive amenities, meals and activities. 

The first true fitness resort and spa in North America, Rancho La Puerta welcomes guests to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows with an approach to wellness that strikes a true mind, body and spirit balance.

Situated where the Laguna and Sierra Juarez mountain ranges meet, it is located three miles from the Tecate, Baja California, U.S.-Mexico border and within an hour and a half drive of downtown San Diego. 

Facilities, programs and amenities include cottage-style casitas, fitness classes, spa, dining, outdoor recreation and more, all available for exclusive use by guests during three, four or seven day stays. Inclusive rates cover accommodations, fitness classes, hikes and activities, gourmet vegetarian meals (seafood options included), activities and special presentations. Spa treatments, personal training sessions and cooking classes at The Ranch’s La Cocina Que Canta cooking school are available à la carte throughout the course of a stay.

“Culinary Week will be an exciting fiesta for anyone that loves good food and wine. I’m honored to be joined by such esteemed culinary giants as our guest chefs Deborah Madison, John Ash, Marie Simmons and Nani Steele,” said Rancho La Puerta’s Executive Chef Denise Roa. 

“It’s a privilege to dedicate a full-week to celebrate the earth and its produce through cooking, exploring our organic farm, and eating together.” 

The Fiesta will take place at both the Ranch and La Cocina Que Canta culinary center, located in the midst of the resort’s impressive six-acre organic farm. 

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Guests will be able to tour the farm with Chef Roa and the Ranch’s lead farmer, Salvador Tinajero

Guests at the week-long Fiesta de la Cocina Que Canta event will be able to take a tour of the farm with Chef Roa and the Ranch’s lead farmer, Salvador Tinajero

Highlights are set to include: 

  • “Meet-and-greet” receptions and cookbook signings with guest chefs Nani Steele, Deborah Madison, John Ash and Marie Simmons
  • Hands-on cooking classes led by each guest chef
  • Friday night dinner featuring one dish from each of our guest chefs
  • Additional chef lectures
  • Private “Secrets of Great Gardening” tour of the farm with Chef Roa and the Ranch’s lead farmer, Salvador Tinajero
  • Day-trip to two wineries in nearby Guadalupe Valley wine region of northern Baja California
  • Dinner at one of Tecate’s most notable restaurants, El Lugar De Nos
  • All signature fitness, dining and relaxation programs and amenities offered by Rancho La Puerta


grounds Rancho La Puerta

Situated at the juncture of the Laguna and Sierra Juarez mountain ranges, Rancho La Puerta offers visitors 3,000 stunning private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows, located just three miles from the Mexican border

Total package price is $495. Guests that book before August 1 will receive an additional ten percent savings on their all-inclusive rate. More information about the Ranch program and Fiesta de la Cocina Que Canta is available online at or by phone, 877-440-7772.

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