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Edgar Navarro

Salsa Master

How you make tortillas all depends on where you come from.

In Chiapas, for example, the motion is almost like making a pizza.

In Oaxaca, they clap their hands to shape it.

It may look easy but that’s only because it comes from years of practice, watching your mom or grandma in the kitchen.

These are deep-rooted secrets that get to the heart of Mexican cuisine; the kinds of things that Chef Edgar Navarro loves about the cooking from his homeland, the kinds of things he’s bringing to Whistler.

“It’s something that you can’t learn in the school,” he says. “It’s something that you learn in your house.”

The same ingredients, different styles, authentic taste.

And you get to taste a little of that true Mexican cuisine right here at the Mexican Corner, with a second location set to open this winter.

It’s a sign that Whistler is loving Chef Edgar’s creations with the expansion to a second location. The original Marketplace will be called Tacos La Cantina, focused on tacos and margaritas. The new Mexican Corner will be a more upscale hotspot closer to the base of the mountains.

Edgar hails from Mexico City and though he studied economics and then international relations at school, he couldn’t escape his true passion — cooking.

“In the end I always spent the time in the kitchen,” says Edgar. “I love to cook.”

He has just been in Whistler a few short months, moving here with his wife and three kids to head up the new Mexican Corner.

His last job was as executive chef at Zi Restaurant, at the Club Intrawest resort in the town of Zihuatanejo, a fishing village on the Pacific Ocean in southern Mexico. Edgar would take guests to the local market, followed by a cooking lesson at the resort. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!

While it’s been a big change from cooking by the ocean to cooking up in the mountains, Edgar says it feels like home.

Here, the locals are willing to help out, get you settled, and that makes it feel like a small village. Only…

“Here it’s not the fisherman but (the skiers).”

> EDGAR’S FAVOURITE RUN:

Waiting to find out this winter