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‘Queen’ of cochinita awarded the Jaguar del Turismo award

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Míriam Peraza Rivero can now add one more award to her long list of accomplishments. Photo: Courtesy

Míriam Peraza Rivero, also known as the “Queen” of cochinita was awarded the Jaguar del Turismo gastronomic award by Mexico’s Tourism Association. 

The award was issued unanimously by a panel of experts and colleges and is intended to celebrate the work of extraordinary people in Mexico’s hospitality industry. 

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Peraza Rivero.

Míriam Peraza Rivero is the proprietor and main chef of Mérida’s Manjar Blanco restaurant on Calle 47, near the Remate.

Manjar Blanco is one of Yucatán’s most successful regional cuisine restaurants and is frequented by tourists and locals alike. 

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Aside from being well known and respected for her work at the restaurant, Míriam Peraza Rivero has gained further notoriety after being featured in Netflix’s Taco Chronicles — as well as several publications including the New York Times. 

In 2017, chef Míriam traveled to Chicago to take part in a food festival, side by side with celebrity Chef Rick Bayless. 

Míriam and the Majar Blanco also hold the Guinness World Record for the largest ever cochinita pibil, coming in at a whopping 4.5 tons. 

Unlike most other Yucatecan restaurants, Manjar Blanco is known for its subdued atmosphere and more modern decor. 

The Manjar Blanco is named after a traditional Yucatecan dessert made with coconut milk, cinamon, rice and sugar.

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