World-renowned Mexican cuisine, famous for its distinctive ingredients, rich heritage and incredible diversity, has been recognized with an International Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS). The Award is the most prestigious emblem of achievement and true quality in the world which recognizes the highest standards of excellence in the travel and luxury sectors.
The menu was designed by chef Decana of Mexican Cuisine Alicia Gironella De’Angeli. The chefs in charge of preparing the dishes include Mexico’s leading chefs, such as Pujol restaurant’s Enrique Olvera who is the first Mexican restaurant and Mexican chef to be featured in the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants  list. Margarita Carrillo will also be among the chefs participating in the preparation of the dishes who is also one of the chefs cooking for presidents and prime ministers at the upcoming G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, California  in June 2012.
According to a recent press release from the Mexico Tourism Board, AAHS’ president Joseph Cinque stated, “I have traveled extensively in Mexico and been impressed with the tremendous effort of people dedicated to maintaining the tradition of its ancient cuisine in restaurants, cooking schools, hotel restaurants and even in homes by generations of families. Mexican cuisine has conquered the world.” Cinque also added, “Mexico offers travelers the opportunity to gain an incredible cultural experience. On top of the list of these experiences is Mexican Cuisine. For all these reasons The Academy wanted to award Mexico as a country the International Star Diamond Award for the importance of their cuisine in the world of Hospitality.”
Mexico’s cuisine has also been recently included on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.