Benedicta Alejo Vargas

Traditional Cook of Purepecha Gastronomy

Born in the village of San Lorenzo near the city of Uruapan in the state of Michoacan, a village where 95% of the people speak the native language of the Purepecha people. She received her first grinding stone at the age of three but begin learning to cook from her grandma the traditional Purepecha gastronomy at the age of thirteen. Benedicta has earned several awards as one of the best traditional cooks in Michoacan in the annual event of “Traditional cooks” and In 2012 she was invited to the Vatican to cook for the Pope Benedict XVI.