After hotel pickup in Santiago, start your culinary adventure at two of the city’s most vibrant markets – La Vega Central and Mercado Central – for an abundance of local produce and fresh fish. Browse the aisles for spices and seasonal foods as you choose ingredients with your knowledgeable guide.
Next, head to a modern, private home located in the fashionable neighborhood of Vitacura, and meet your friendly culinary host and chef. Make yourself comfortable as you snack on starters and sip a quality microbrew or cocktail. Enjoy a fine selection of local cheeses, gourmet pate and spreads, and sopaipillas – delicious, deep-fried pastries made from pumpkin dough!
Learn about Chilean culinary history and present-day food culture with a quick introduction to the local cuisine as you watch the chef’s cooking demonstration in the kitchen. Look over a selection of cookbooks, and assist in preparing and cooking the meal if you choose.
Then, dine on a main course of fresh fish such as fried merluza austral (vegetarian or vegan dishes available upon request), along with a side dish like picante and a hot arugula salad – paired with a bottle of wine (Maipo or Casablanca Valley reserve). Make sure to save room for dessert – a rich selection of Chile’s favorite sweet dishes, including ice cream.
Enjoy delightful conversation with your host as you complete your meal with coffee or herbal tea. Before drop-off at your hotel, you’ll receive printed recipes of the food and drinks to take home with you, so you can show off your new culinary expertise!
Note: Options for vegetarians, vegans or other special diets are available upon request. Please inform the tour operator about any dietary restrictions in advance.