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Cooking classes in Marrakesh

The_Tea_Lady Apr 13, 2008 05:46 PM

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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    perrystreet Apr 30, 2008 06:33 PM

    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! http://www.soukcuisine.com/Koken_ENG....

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

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    1. re: perrystreet
      The_Tea_Lady Apr 30, 2008 08:08 PM

      hi perrystreet; i also found the website you've listed when i was searching on-line. it looks amazing.
      another one is here http://www.lamaisonarabe.com/en/ateliers.html

      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
        globeeater Oct 23, 2008 03:06 PM

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

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        foodismyblood Jan 13, 2009 01:10 PM

        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 (www.lamaisonarabe.com) 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 (http://www.rhodeschoolofcuisine.com) is another based in the UK which organizes proper cookery holidays. Dar Les Cigognes (www.lescigognes.com) 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. joypirate Mar 3, 2009 07:32 AM

          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.

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            wandrlust Dec 3, 2009 04:31 PM

            i know this thread is quite old...at 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
              SSMarrakech Oct 7, 2012 02:24 PM

              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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              mugen Jan 19, 2013 02:53 AM

              Thanks for the link - it's always great to have access to real, local recipes rather than simplified, Western interpretations.

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