Gain a newfound appreciation for Moroccan cuisine during this small-group cooking class, including shopping at the market, preparation of a traditional dish and lunch. Learn some Arabic phrases from your guide to shop at the ‘souq’ (market) for ingredients. Then create a traditional Moroccan meal such as couscous or ‘tagine’ (a meat and vegetable dish named after the pot used for cooking). Finish by enjoying lunch with fellow students in the courtyard of a 'riad,' a traditional Moroccan dwelling. This small-group class, limited to 12 participants, also includes a recipe sheet so you can replicate the dish later.
Cook and eat authentic Moroccan Tajine
Learn some Arabic and shop for fresh ingredients from a local open-air market called a souq
Make a classic Moroccan Tajine
Feast on your culinary creations in a peaceful riad setting
Recipe sheet included
Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide
Get a taste for the lively flavors and vibrant culture of Morocco during this small-group cooking class, allowing you the chance to shop for ingredients at the market, cook a traditional dish and enjoy your efforts for lunch inside a typical riad dwelling. This food-lover’s tour is the perfect blend of cultural immersion along with a chance to explore the delicious flavors that characterize this North African country’s culinary heritage.
Start your trip by meeting your group and guide at 9am in the Djemaa El Fna, the central square at the heart of Marrakech. Follow your guide through the winding city streets back to a riad to kick off your food experience. Pick up a few Arabic words that you’ll put to use as you bargain for ingredients like vegetables, meat and, most importantly, spices at the local souq. During your shopping trip you’ll be on the lookout for typical Moroccan ingredients including mint and olives from the city of Meknes, saffron from Taliouine and citrus from Fez.
Once you’ve finished your shopping, return to your riad to begin your hands-on cooking session. Follow your guide’s instructions as you prepare a typical Moroccan dish such as tagine or the comparable tangia (composed of couscous with vegetables and meat), pastila (an apple-based dessert) or harira (a traditional North African soup served with dates).
Afterward, dig into your freshly-prepared meal set inside the beautiful courtyard of your riad. You’ll also leave your session with a recipe sheet, allowing you to re-create your dish when you return home (and impress family and friends).
Finish your culinary experience by returning to the city’s Djemaa El Fna, where you can continue your day by shopping for spices and immersing yourself in the whirlwind of smells, sights and sounds that characterize this unique city.
The tour started very chaotic. We didn't like idea of choosing/ pointing on the live chicken at the market, which was further used for cooking. It is very cruel to do so. Also, visited market was very damn, dirty and smelling absolutely horrible. I believe there should be more reasonable locations in the area. Cooking part was quite ok. However, the guide had quite annoying attitude with the jokes, messing up names, finishing gas in the middle of cooking etc. I would not recommend this tour.
Really excellent class. We spent an hour in the market and the rest of the time chopping, cooking and learning from the kind ladies who ran the class. The space was clean and the food was delicious! No complaints!!!
My husband and I love taking cooking classes so I booked this activity for fun. It was very enjoyable and we recommend it to anyone who likes to get their hands dirty (had to mix chicken pieces with different spices and chop vegetable) and learn new recipes. We even bought Tagine for the house but it mostly a decorative one. :)
The visit to the souk to grocery shop was great fun. It got off to a rough start when our guide was 30 minutes late and not the least bit apologetic. She had a disinterested attitude that was disappointing. However, once we got to the souk it was great fun. We arrived at a clean fairly basic riad where the chef took over. She was wonderful and it was great fun to prepare the ingredients for a tomato salad and chicken tangine. As the food cooked we went up to the roof and sat in the sun with a wonderful view of the city. When we sat down to lunch, we very much enjoyed the meal. The chef provided a running commentary that was interesting and fun.
5 of us joined a Cookery Activity in Marrakech. It started a bit slowly, as the stalls to buy Chicken (definitely fresh!) and vegetables opened later than usual that Sunday. However, in the end this added to the experience with an extra 30 minutes of people and activity watching.Then we went to the Riad and met with Karima, who instructed us on cooking a Chicken with Lemon and Olives tagine, plus a Moroccan salad and dessert. We cooked in twos, so with the 11 total of us, we ended up with 6 simmering tagines.Had not eaten breakfast , so we were all very hungry and the tagines more than met our expectations.A very enjoyable 4 hours taking us to early afternoon that I definitely recommend.
The guide was late showing up which made me a touch nervous, but there were other people there waiting as well. She was fabulous and you have to wait until the butcher is open anyway. So, no worries. The experience was amazing: the people, the guides, the food!
Highlights: Well-organised cooking class, clear communication during cooking class, instructor was engaging and knowledgeable, shared interesting facts about local culture, small class size, and dishes chosen to be prepared are well-curated, site of cooking class had nice ambience and well-appointedLowlights: Instructor came in 25 mins late from advertised/agreed call time. Difficulty in reaching the tour company with contact details provided.
We met at the market and went shopping for the ingredients and then went to a Riad to cook. It was very organized even though there were about 15 people in total. We had fun getting to know others and cooking a new dish!