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Apr 13, 2008 05:46 PM

Cooking classes in Marrakesh

I'll have just over a week in Morocco at the start of June and I would love to do a cooking class.
Does anyone have any advice or experience with this?
There are two of us; we'd only be able to do a one-day class.
I'd really love a guided tour round the markets too, buying the ingredients and so on.
Can't wait!

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  1. I'm going to Morocco in a couple of weeks and was looking for the same thing!
    I found out about this option which other chowhounds recommended... it sounds perfect!

    if you've heard of other tips, please let me know! I leave on Tuesday!

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    1. re: perrystreet

      hi perrystreet; i also found the website you've listed when i was searching on-line. it looks amazing.
      another one is here

      we leave in about 4 weeks -- do let me know what you end up doing.

      in the meantime, have a read of this ....

      1. re: perrystreet

        Hi - just wondering if you did a school and which one? I'm leaving in about a month. Thanks!

      2. Moroccan food is delicious, and there are several really good options depending on how deeply you want to get into it, and what else you want to do when you are in this incredible city. La Maison Arabe ( is probably the most famous and offers day and longer cooking classes at a beautiful villa they have just outside of town. Rhodes Cooking School ( is another based in the UK which organizes proper cookery holidays. Dar Les Cigognes ( is an intimate boutique hotel that offers private instruction on a first come, first serve basis (preference to resident guests)--you choose your dinner, your prepare it, and then you eat it in a truly stunning setting. They also have published their own excellent cookbook.

        1. I think the cooking classes might seem (based on following the links) to just teach you a tagine or two, which I would argue isn't something one can't learn from a book. I'd push to learn Pastilla or something more complicated that would be nearly impossible to do out of a book. When I went we also had some sort of 'hidden chicken' dish prepared in the home of a friend of the family (by a Berber home cook) and it was pieces of chicken under noodles w/cinnamon and other spices. If I could track down how to make that bad boy I'd be a happy man.

          1. i know this thread is quite any rate, any feedback on these experiences? or really, any information about marrakesh, and especially its food/markets/bread would be absolutely lovely.

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            1. re: wandrlust

              The chicken dish that you are referring to is called Seffa, and is one of the great classics of Moroccan cuisine. You are very lucky to have had it, as outside of very special occasions, and in a home with a very accomplished cook, you just won't find it. It cannot be found in restaurants usually. You will find it if you look on google for Seffa.

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