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You are coming to Marrakech, one of the worlds top gourmet cities, you love the food, and you really would like to learn a few dishes to take home and amaze your friends and family. I love to cook and spent years doing just that, my son runs his own restaurant in the gourmet capital of Ireland so it´s a natural passion for us. Check out www.wildrestaurantcork.com

I have researched and selected a few venues that suit the type of classes I would like to offer and in the locations that give a super day out as well.

The classes are as much about the experience and connection with the food, its sources and the people who grow it as actually learning to cook the dishes. I guess it´s a holistic approach to cooking. Too many people are disconnected from the source of their food these days and I propose to redress that in my classes. So for example, couscous; it does not come in a packet to which you add water, wait 20 mins and then eat; here you will see it made from the raw ingredients and taste the difference 3 hours or so later. Classes can be on days that coincide with local souk days: weekly outdoor markets where the locals buy and sell their produce. Also, depending on the time of year, seasonal ingredients may be foraged for, or collected or picked from local growers in their terraced fields. Meat will be fresh, perhaps even still alive, like the chickens; we choose one and wait for it to be processed. You may be somewhat out of your comfort zone, but that is the natural way of living here, everything is seasonal and all things are connected.

Can you imagine yourself sitting on a terrace of a small Berber house, in a village perched on the mountainside and all around below you are terraced fields of cherries, apples, walnuts, olives and vegetables and the hens are foraging around in the undergrowth, sheep and goats roam the hillsides and the sun is shining down on you? Location location!! This is the village of Mzik, close to Imlil in the Toubkal National Park just below Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa at 4167mts. Just the drive alone to reach this valley is a day out, plus you will go to Asni Saturday souk on the way to buy ingredients. At Mohammed´s house you will learn to prepare a three course traditional meal and of course learn the art of tea making. Classes are small, no more than 6 participants, 2 or 4 is better. Departure from Marrakech will be at 09.00am.

  • Destination
  • Included
    Bottled water
    Personal guide
    Private transport
  • Not Included
    Accommondation
    Airport transfers
    Flights
    Insurance
    Meals as per tour description
    Soft drinks
    Tips for staff and guides
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