Martha Stewart traveled to Mexico City in July 2011 to film an episode of “The Martha Stewart Show”, and the episode premiered this week.
The show airs nationwide on the Hallmark Channel at 1000 a.m. EST. The one-hour special episode showcased the traditions that inspire the city’s A-list chefs, architects and artisanal artists and allowed for Martha Stewart to explore the city like a local.
A lineup of award winning, local chefs, including Patricia Quintana of Izote, Martha Ortiz of Dulce Patria and Ricardo Munoz Zurita of Azul Condesa, appeared on the program and showed Martha Stewart the conventional qualities of Mexico City that inspire their creations. She visited the local food markets, which contained items like meats and fruits and chiles and dried mole. She also explored the famous street food carts that offered traditional corn and fruit preparations.
Martha was able to meet with internationally acclaimed architect Fernando Romero, who created the Soumaya Museum, and was given a tour of the museum and learned of other architectural greats, like Luis Barragan. She was also given a firsthand demonstration from interior designer and product developer, Maggie Galton, on how Galton preserves traditional craft techniques by fostering a sustainable growth of artisans in rural Mexican villages.
The production was hosted in partnership with St. Regis and Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel & Towers and supported by the Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund. Mexico City is the premiere tourism destination for Mexico and presents a vibrant, contemporary culture that combines pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries. There are 160 museums, (more than any other city in the world), 100 art galleries, and 31 distinct archeological and historic sites.