Eat Mexico is women-owned and women-led—and we have been since our founding in 2010. Read more about our organization and our administrative team below. You can also read more about our team of stellar guides on Our Guides.
ARIANE RUIZ, OPERATIONS MANAGER AND GUIDE
Ariane was born and raised in Mexico City — her dad is Mexican and her mom is French, which gave her a multicultural childhood. She started working at the age of 15 at her family’s coffee shop, where she learned to love Mexican coffee. Ariane studied gastronomy at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana. When she’s not touring, she caters desserts for parties. Baking is one of her passions, especially French pastries with a twist of Mexican ingredients. She loves to travel, and she loves movies and art. Ariane also leads another important role at Eat Mexico as the company’s Operations Manager.
Favorite thing about Mexico City: The variety of food. You can find great samples of regional cooking from all over the country.
Favorite part of the city: Centro Histórico, because it is full of museums, great food and a lot of historical places.
ANGELES PEREZ, CLIENT SERVICE LEADER
Angeles, a Mexico City native, is our reservations whiz, running Eat Mexico’s calendar and directing all client communication. Angeles holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and she worked for years as a high school and middle school English school teacher. Before being hired at Eat Mexico, she operated a gluten-free cake business, brainstorming recipes and ferrying delicious desserts to families all around Mexico City. When Angeles is not processing Eat Mexico reservations and being an all-around customer service dynamo, she loves to cook for her son.
Favorite street food: Anything with a tortilla: tacos, quesadillas or just a tortilla rolled with salt. Tortillas are a staple of Mexican food which makes it so diverse and amazing.
Favorite thing about Mexican food: The fact that lime juice can be added to all sorts of foods: tlacoyos, tacos de carnitas, quesadillas… anything can be enriched with a couple drops of lime juice!
Our guides are the backbone of Eat Mexico. At the end of the day, they’re the ones who will make your experience what it is—leading you through the bustling streets of Mexico City and Puebla, and sharing not only the food culture, but their own personal stories and traditions.
Each of our guides go through a rigorous hiring and training process. And our clients love them, as they’ve garnered more than 1,000 five-star reviews since Eat Mexico was founded.
Who are they?
They are bilingual Mexican natives.
They have studied a combination of either tourism or gastronomy at their local universities.
Some are former chefs who worked in local kitchens, and some moonlight as food writers when they’re not giving tours.
They’re friendly, approachable food experts who know their cities and their native cuisine.
They’re trained to help you have the best experience possible on your tour.
How we treat our guides
At Eat Mexico, we pay our tour guides a living wage that’s among the highest pay for a food guide in Mexico City. We offer yearly bonuses and paid continuing education activities to keep their skills fresh. Our internal awards system recognizes and rewards guides who are doing a stellar job. And we have a profit-sharing plan for guides who wish to design their own routes.
Learn more about our guides below. (And if you are interested in working for us, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Adrian, a Mexico City native, studied gastronomy at the Colegio Superior de Gastronomía. He worked in Mexican kitchens for a year before moving to Seville, Spain to study hospitality. From there he hopscotched around the world, working in kitchens in the Czech Republic and Dubai, and launching a Mexican food concept in Australia. He finally moved back to Mexico City in 2016.
His favorite country he’s lived in so far: Obviously Mexico! If I had to choose another one, I’d say Australia. It’s so multicultural and the people are so chill. It’s not just a country, it’s a continent by itself. I just love it. Melbourne is one of the most diverse cities I’ve seen. There’s food everywhere. I think it’s the foodie capital of the world.
Favorite street food: Tacos al Pastor, they are my favorite tacos in the world. They are nicely balanced in flavor and I just love the color of the trompo!
Favorite thing about Mexico: The people. If you are Mexican, it might not seem like it it’s true sometimes, but we are so open and friendly and eager to help.
What clients have said about Adrian:
“Adrian is a gem! He went above and beyond to make us happy and is extremely knowledgeable.”
“Adrian is fantastic! Soulful, knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic about the work he is doing. Tuvimos un día maravilloso!”
“I was extremely impressed with Adrian’s knowledge. I travel a lot and generally am comfortable in markets and eating street food on my own.…What made this so interesting is that Adrian added so much context and history that I wouldn’t have gained the same value walking around myself.”
Born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Nicolás has always loved eating and trying new foods. From a very early age, he had already determined that he wanted to be a cook and held his first job in a restaurant at the age of 14. He has a degree in gastronomy from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City. Over the years, Nicolás has worked in several restaurant kitchens specializing in Mexican, Italian, French, and Asian cuisine. He also recently worked for a creative catering company that offers pop-up dining experiences throughout the city.
Favorite street food: It’s almost impossible to choose just one thing! I love street food and like to try new places every week so the list is endless, but some of my current favorites are octopus tostadas with roasted habanero salsa, quesadillas stuffed with squash blossom and chicharron prensado (without cheese!).
Favorite thing about Mexico City: The incredible amount of food and places to eat. When I first arrived to this city, I was really amazed that you can find something good to eat on almost every corner. I also love markets and tianguis where you can buy beautiful products for cooking.
What clients have said about Nicolás:
“Nico was fantastic. Fun, knowledgeable and kept a great pace of eating and walking.”
“Nico is well informed and shares his knowledge in an entertaining, articulate, engaging manner. He was genuinely interested in making sure we had a good experience. Excellent guide.”
“Nicolás was the BEST guide. He gave everyone equal attention and really made the tour feel unique and fun. The tour was both informative and delicious. We can’t thank Nicolas enough!!”
Mario was raised in the south of Mexico City, in Xochimilco. For him, food feels like a time-transcending bridge between people and a way to connect with life itself. Mario has explored food in different ways, including broadcasting, TV, magazines, and of course, as a chef in many kitchens. He specializes in food research and is currently exploring its anthropology side. When he is not thinking about food, he’s probably taking pictures or doing something related to diving. He’s also got a thing for plants and motorcycles.
Favorite street food in Mexico City: Xochimilco’s central market. Because you can find fresh herbs and vegetables from the still close chinampas.
Favorite thing about Mexico City: The thing I probably love the most about this city is its frenetic rhythm and diversity. You never know what you could find on the next corner.
What clients have said about Mario:
“Our guide, Mario, was fantastic. He was very friendly and personable, as well as knowledgeable about Mexican food and culture.”
“It’s obvious that the vendors LOVE him, as he’s so respectful and the best ambassador for his amazing country! I’ll definitely take another tour with him on my next trip. Thanks Mario!”
“Mario explained the history and cultural significance of the food we were trying and made everything approachable and made us feel very comfortable. Mario’s English was perfect and took us to many hidden spots we could have never found on our own.”
Born and raised in Mexico City, Yimnah studied Gastronomy at Universidad Internacional de Profesiones. After completing her studies, she did an internship at the Hotel Hesperia Madrid in Spain for six months.
From an early age, Yimnah fell in love with traditional Mexican cuisine. This inspiration came from her grandmother, now in her late 90s, who taught her how to cook from the age of six. Because of this experience, Yimnah loves spending time in the kitchen and thinks of cooking as one of the most powerful expressions of love.
Aside from doing tours for Eat Mexico, Yimnah teaches mexican cooking to small groups and also runs a side project of producing and selling her own artisanal jams and spices, all made entirely with local Mexican products. Her goal is to rescue and promote the use of fruits, herbs and spices that many of Mexico’s ancestors used to use.
Favorite street food: Quesadillas and everything made with masa and a spicy salsa.
Favorite thing about Mexico City: That I feel I can never finish getting to know my city. There is always something new and surprising to discover.
What clients have said about Yimnah:
“Yimnah was funny, engaging and charming and a great tour leader.”
“Yimnah Rosas was our trusted and very knowledge guide. After going into the narrow bustling lanes of the market, Yimnah led us on a culinary adventure of the greatest market we have ever seen.”
“Yimnah is an amazing guide. She was super enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and caring! Highly recommend!”
Born into a family of artists, Tonalli, a Mexico City native, has always had a strong passion for Mexican food, art and culture. At the age of 15, Tonalli began to travel all over the country, accompanied by her camera. Thanks to these early life experiences, she later went on to study Tourism, Gastronomy and Photography. Now, with over 10 years of tourism experience under her belt and having lived in various cities across the country, Tonalli has returned to one of her favorite places, Playa del Carmen, to share what she loves most about it: cultural diversity. And what better way to do so than through food!
What she likes most about Playa del Carmen: The colors of the sea of course! And how open-minded people are since everyone comes from different backgrounds.
Favorite area in Playa del Carmen: 38 st in Zazil ha neighborhood and Hollywood neighborhood
Favorite street food: Definitely marquesitas!! Perfect harmony between sweet and savory.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Héctor has always loved eating in the streets, in fact, the first dish he remembers trying as a child was a chicken quesadilla in a local market. Héctor has a culinary arts degree from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, with a specialization in food science. Over the past four years, he has worked at various restaurants across the city. His true passion, however, is smoking meats of all types, so when he’s not running tours for Eat Mexico, he’s probably experimenting with his own smoker.
Favorite street food: Chicken quesadilla and all types of tacos!
Favorite thing about Mexico City: That you can find anything and everything here. It is such a busy city full of different people and traditions.
What clients have said about Héctor:
“Héctor was fabulous, very engaging and knowledgeable. A great host.”
“Héctor was great, I mean really great, one of the best guides I´ve had.”
“Héctor gave us great insights into Mexican cuisine … I would definitely recommend a tour like this.”
Born and raised in Mexico City, Paloma studied Gastronomy at Le Cordon Bleu México and the Universidad Anáhuac. After interning in Madrid, she decided to go back to Spain to study for a Master’s degree in Gastronomic Tourism in San Sebastián. When she’s not giving tours, Paloma is the editor in chief at Animal Gourmet, a website focused on food writing and gastronomic research. She is also a teacher at the Universidad Panamericana. Her favorite things to do are cook for friends, travel, eat, and talk about both!
Favorite street food: Fava bean and requesón tlacoyos and cheese and chicharrón prensado quesadillas!
Favorite thing about Mexico City: All the amazing food offered and the activities to do. I also love to wander in parks, especially Parque México, and bicycle riding.
Favorite Mexico City market: Definitely San Juan, including visits to all the shops in the neighborhood. There’s always something new to discover.
What clients have said about Paloma:
“Paloma engaged very easily with our group, she had a great personality and was a lot of fun to be on the tour with.”
“Paloma was excellent. I would highly recommend her!”
Maria was born and raised steps from Puebla’s La Acocota market. She has a degree in Tourism from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. She lived and worked in the United States and France and says that while she loves international food, she’s addicted to her home country’s cuisine. In addition to Spanish, she speaks French, English, and a little bit of German. Maria runs separate city tours in Puebla and also teaches private English and French classes.
Favorite poblano food: Tacos árabes. I could eat them everyday!
Favorite place in Puebla: I used to go downtown with my grandmother when I was a little girl, so it’s my favorite place to be.
Mezcal, tequila, or Mexican microbrew? Tequila straight with salt and lime.
What clients have said about Maria:
“Maria was incredibly knowledgeable about Puebla, about food and about Mexico! She was incredibly friendly, approachable and warm from the moment we met her. We both said that it was like spending the afternoon with a very knowledgeable local friend.”
“Maria went above and beyond to make our tour memorable.”
“She is a wonderful guide and we truly felt comfortable in her very capable hands! We learned a lot about the local food! Be sure to arrive hungry! I highly recommend this tour!”