Morocco being renowned for its divine gastronomy which combines the most explosive savours and colours to create unique dishes has led to taking a cooking class while on holiday in Marrakech becoming increasingly popular. These are not solely entertaining, they allow people to bond with their loved ones and make new friends while discovering the secret behind Moroccan cuisine and work on their couscous techniques. Marrakech is full of first-class cooking schools but Villanovo has selected the 4 best ones, to ensure a day you will not soon forget!
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La Maison Arabe is one of Marrakech’s finest riad-hotel, restaurant and spa. Its history began in the 1930’s when two French women moved to Marrakech and established it as a restaurant in 1946. La Maison Arabe became the ultimate place to dine and welcomed renowned guests such as Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle and the Queen of Denmark. In 1994, it was bought by a noble Italian man who reopened it in 1997 as a hotel as well as a restaurant. Nowadays, La Maison Arabe is also a cooking school which conducts workshops for cooking professionals and amateurs led by a traditional Moroccan cook, a dada or one of the chefs from the restaurants. These cooking workshops, which are held at the hotel, last for half a day usually and allow the pupils to dine all together and enjoy the delicious meal they made. Each class has a maximum of 10 people to ensure comfort for everyone as well as tailored help.
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Souk Cuisine was established by Gemma Van de Burgt, a dutch expat who went to hotel school and then worked for renowned businesses in Holland. Gemma shares her passion for Moroccan cuisine and reveals her secrets for traditional meals such as couscous, tagines and briouates by offering half-days workshops. The day begins at 10 am, Gemma takes her students to the souks in the Medina to pick out fresh and local ingredients and give you tips on how to choose products wisely. The actual cooking takes place in the courtyard of a riad, in an open, so everyone can make the most of the Moroccan weather. After the markets, everyone is served mint tea, as is the Moroccan tradition. 4 hours of cooking then take place in groups of 2-14 followed by a shared meal of everything which has been cooked accompanied with a glass of Moroccan wine, a true delight!
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Dar Les Cigognes by Sanssouci cooking school offers tailored to suit everyone’s wishes and needs. Voted the best Moroccan cooking school in the world, Dar Les Cigognes has been teaching since 2011 in the utmost luxurious environment to provide quality services. The classes, which are private, can be done by yourself or with your family and even children which is great to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. The classes can last between one hour to half a day and are tailored which means that the dada will establish the menu and recipes based on your wishes. Dar Les Cigognes is located in the south of the Medina between Jemaa el Fna and the palaces, an ideal location as it is full of major sightseeing spots and has seen many renowned chefs in its kitchens including Yotam Ottolenghi.
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Faim d’Epices is a cooking school located 20 minutes outside of Marrakech held by French Michel Paillet. This modern and well-equipped school is set on a sustainable farm located in the heart of an olive grove, the most charming setting for an entertaining experience with your loved ones or by yourself. The price of a half-day cooking workshop includes transport from and to your accommodation. The group sizes vary from 6-10 people to ensure everyone receives personal attention. Michel Paillet wishes for everyone to enjoy themselves as much as possible and begins his classes with ‘Guess the spice’, an entertaining game which lightens the mood and teaches you about the history of traditional Moroccan spices.
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