I’m in Mexico City, at the fabulous Presidente InterContinental Mexico City on a foodie adventure. I’ll be writing about my experiences and about the hotel in an upcoming issue of Business Traveler USA magazine. I’m here to explore the InterContinental, the city and also to be a judge in the third annual InterContinental Ultimate Culinary Clash Competition.

Mexico City view
My view of Mexico City from the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City

Traditionally held in San Francisco, Culinary Clash offers invited culinary students the opportunity to compete for a chance to cook with an executive chef from InterContinental Hotels and Resorts in Mexico City, Puebla, Cancun and San Francisco. During the competition, each of the four students along with their respective chef will cook an appetizer, main dish and dessert for the attendees to sample and vote for the best duo. The winner will receive scholarship money along with their winning menu featured at the hotel’s restaurant for a night.

Diego Rivera Suite
The incredible indoor pool and pool of the also-incredible Diego Rivera Presidental Suite

I spent some time in the InterContinental’s truly spectacular Diego Rivera Presidential Suite, which was one of the most amazing hotel suites I’ve ever visited.

Mexico City luxury hotel
On the Presidential Suite’s top level, in a swing, overlooking the city
American Air business class
Enjoying my flight

I had the pleasure of flying to Mexico City on American Airlines in their Business Class cabin. I am always impressed by American’s service, especially in the premium cabins. I always see a lot of regular flyers and many of the flight attendants are already on a first-name basis with those regular flyers. The service is very personal and you get the idea American’s cabin staff really do enjoy what they do and enjoy attending to their passengers.

Mexico City view from plane
A view of this massive city as we were coming in for a landing

InterContinental Presidente Mexico City
Beautiful views of the city as I enjoyed a snack in the Club InterContinental lounge