Riviera Nayarit Chef Receives Raw Food Chef Certification, Starts Raw ‘Foodie’ Community

Chef Eugenio Villafaña, La Casona at Villa La Estancia, Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit

Chef Eugenio Villafaña, Chef at La Casona, Villa La Estancia, Receives RAW Food Chef Certification

Located in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Villa La Estancia is an enclave of 135 luxury oceanfront villas nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Bay of Banderas. Recently, Chef Eugenio Villafaña attended an intense 4-day Raw Food Certification course, led by Bruce Horowitz, at Thrive Wellness Center in Sedro Woolley, Washington.

Chef Eugenio Villafaña describes the certification training exclusively to The MEXICO Report:

People usually ask me, “Hey, what’s your favorite cooking style?” My answer used to be like “I like different “cooking” styles, I love fusion, combining flavors from all over the world”… Now the answer is different… My favorite “cooking” style is now “un-cooking”, preparing and eating live foods and super foods… with the same love with flavors from all over the world.

Raw foods at La Casona, Villa La Estancia

I was introduced to raw foods around three years back thanks to my beautiful wife… Simple dishes like guacamole and salsa are the perfect examples to introduce people to raw foods… Just need to think raw…I was I little skeptical at the beginning, as many people are (especially Mexican people).

Chef Eugenio Villafaña

Then, I started to acquire raw food books, super food books, I went to the internet researching, I was un-cooking at home, at work etc but I never went to serious… Then I went to an Anthony Robbins seminar where I found more about super foods and raw foods. He mentioned David Wolfe and called my attention as he was the author of many of the books I bought… Then on Facebook, I found thousands of people interested in raw foods and no one living in Puerto Vallarta area so, I decided to be serious about and started to look for opportunities to learn and understand more of the raw food concept.

Being certified as a Professional Certified Raw Food Chef changes my whole perspective for food and for my profession… Usually Chefs, we cook because we love it, because we feed people, because it makes us feel good to share with others but sometimes, in the way to find new flavors and new cooking methods, we forget what the food does for our bodies…

I have to confess that I still cook food but I cook it in a different perspective, I think raw… I’m thinking how to keep all nutrients of foods in the food by itself.

Chef Eugenio at Thrive Wellness Center

I came to know about the Professional RAW Food Chef Certification because and advertising that my wife saw at David Wolfe’s Facebook, actually, five days before it started, so, it was my chance to get certified. It was held the second week of June and I have to say, that was one in a lifetime opportunity to learn that marked my life. Four intense days at the Thrive Wellness Center in Sedro Woolley, Washington, I meet Chefs from different countries, all of us with the same purpose: to learn more about RAW foods.

With this, I want to start a RAW foodies community, where we will have the chance to share and expand this life style. I’m still looking for suppliers that can provide with organic produce and super foods… it has been kind of hard but worth it… no need to go so far, Puerto Vallarta area offers a lot of good stuff.

Chef Eugenio also teaches cooking classes at La Casona in Villa La Estancia.

Find Chef Eugenio and Villa La Estancia on Facebook.

Look for the ‘Gourmet Experience’ page on Facebook as well.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at info@themexicoreport.com

9 comments for “Riviera Nayarit Chef Receives Raw Food Chef Certification, Starts Raw ‘Foodie’ Community

  1. Carolina Garcia
    2013-02-19 at 9:23 pm

    how can I get a hold of Chef Eugenio….very very interested on raw food….

    • Susie Albin-Najera
      2013-02-21 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Carolina,
      You can reach him on Facebook @ Chef Eugenio Villafaña – he is the chef at Royal Hideaway Playacar.


  2. Jacqueline
    2012-02-10 at 9:13 am

    I am coming to the Romantica zone in Puerto Vallarta the second week of February.
    I prefer to eat 80% Raw….
    If you can send me info on how to find Chef Eugino and any other raw delights…. I’d be very appreciative.

  3. 2011-08-01 at 9:01 pm

    Hola! I enjoyed reading your blog, you’ve done some great reporting on positive happenings in Mexico, I love that. This post on the raw food chef was particularly good! I travel to this area a lot and I’d love to sample his food! Keep up the good work!

    • Susie Albin-Najera
      2011-08-01 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks so much for your comments Radita. Glad you found us. If I can ever help you with any resources, please let me know. Best, Susie

  4. 2011-07-29 at 3:59 pm

    congrats….this place sounds fantastic. i puts a big smile on my face. my book LIVE RAW was recently released and i am so happy to see how raw food is picking up steam. xoxox mimi kirk

    • Susie Albin-Najera
      2011-07-29 at 4:09 pm

      Congratulations on your book Mimi! I’d love to try going raw, even for a week.

  5. 2011-07-29 at 2:59 pm

    Undoubtly Chef Eugenio Villafaña has a great talent and passion, he gastronomy is extrordinary as himself. I would like to commet that he is not a Puerto Vallarta chef, Eugenio is the executive chef at Villa La Estancia a property that is in Riviera Nayarit. This 4 diamond award resort is in the south of Riviera Nayarit, in the the Nuevo Vallarta – Flamingos corridor that borders Jalisco.

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