Marrakech, Morocco
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clock-o4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Cook a classic Moroccan meal on a rooftop terrace in the Marrakech medina, and learn the ingredients, spices, and techniques behind your favorite local foods. Visit Jemaa el-Fnaa market to shop for ingredients, then create a series of dishes that you choose from a selection of Moroccan recipes. This 4.5-hour, small-group cooking class is limited to 15 participants for a personalized experience.
  • 4.5-hour, small-group cooking class
  • Shop for ingredients in a local market
  • Cook a customized menu of Moroccan foods
  • Dine on a rooftop terrace
  • Perfect for foodies
Choose a morning or afternoon class, then meet your market guide at a central-location in Jemaa el-Fnaa, the colorful market at the heart of the Marrakech old town. Start the cooking class by purchasing the raw ingredients for your meal (ingredients own expense), visiting a series of market stalls to select the freshest, most flavorful vegetables, fruits, and spices.
After gathering your ingredient list, continue to a rooftop kitchen in the heart of the medina, where you’ll have panoramic views of the old city as you cook. Depending on the dishes you choose, the menu can include classic tagines, couscous, tangia, or some of Morocco’s many fresh salads. You’ll also have a chance to visit a communal bread oven to make hobz, a traditional bread baked in aromatic rounds.
When the meal is ready, sit down to enjoy the food you’ve prepared: bring an appetite, as the class includes full lunch or dinner with generous portions. This half-day cooking class concludes in the Marrakech medina.

Reviews

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R
, Jan 2018

DO NOT BOOK THIS EXPERIENCE.

There is very little about the description that is true.

- there is not a selection of Moroccan dishes - we were told to choose beef or lamb
- the host forgot various ingredients so told us we'd only be able to make one dish
- shopping in the Medina consists of you handing over money to whoever you're told to pay - you do not choose ingredients
- we did NO cooking other than chopping 6 onions
- the kitchen view is not panoramic - you can only see into the neighbour's yard
- the kitchen is DIRTY - see photos
- there is no chance to see bread being cooked - this was never mentioned
- there is no smoothies/juices ignore the reviews below!!
- it does not last 4.5hrs - with eating time it was 2.5hrs!
- we learned NOTHING about traditional cooking techniques
- we had to sit and wait for the tagine to cook for over an hour while the host checked her facebook

I have requested a refund from Viator.

This experience should be removed from the website. It is misleading and not worth paying for.

a
, Sep 2017

This was a horrible cooking class the cost of the materials is 10 times the amount quoted. we where forced to buy large quantities of spices which we used almost none of. The cooking class itself was not very informative and we did little of the actual cooking, we just watched the cook it and they set it in front of us. felt like is was a total waste of money and time.

T
, Jul 2017

Our market guide and the actual chefs were very young teenagers and less than organized. Lack of utensils during meal prep i.e. a plate or a knife made cutting vegetables and lamb that we bought from the market ourselves very difficult. My boyfriend was actually showing them how to chop food safely. Lamb tagine was undercooked ... but the best part was when they attempted to collect payment at the end of the class. They seemed confused about whether we'd already paid and tried to insist that we needed to give them cash instead of the Viator voucher.

P
, Jan 2017

Great class to educate us on the art of tagine making. You get to buy your vegetables in the market first and head over to a medina rooftop to make your juice and tagine. But you don't get the chance to actually make the food. You do the chopping and the chef does the seasoning and cooking.

v
, Dec 2016

Overall, a great family activity. We are a family of 7 and have a young son and teenagers, and there was something for everyone to do. We were able to customize the menu so as not to waste food and learned alot about making authentic Moroccan tagines. We were grateful for the different smoothies they made as a bonus as well.

k
, Nov 2016

This is a nice experience. You get to walk around the souks purchasing the foods you're going to eat later, which is interesting and fun except that our guide taking us through the souks communicated with us very little if at all. So he didn't explain to us why he was buying what he was buying or why he was buying it where he was buying it, for how much, what the exchange was with the vendor, etc. We just sort of followed him around on his shopping trip. He also kept dropping us off at spice vendors for demonstrations, which, if you've spent any time in Morocco at all you've done a million times and it gets obscenely frustrating: there's only so much black cumin you can begrudgingly buy before it starts to make you hate your choice in vacation destination. The cooking itself was fun, but if you're hoping to be the one monitoring the tagine on the stove or doing the incredibly hands-on work be warned - you won't get that experience. Essentially you are a vegetable slicer. But regardless, it is fun and the meal turns out quite nice. Overall I'd recommend if you have an empty morning and nothing else to do.


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