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Souk Cuisine

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Address: Derb Tahtah 5 | Zniquat Rhaba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Phone Number: 212636723424
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The Cooking School at Dar Les Cigognes has been teaching guests the wonders...

The Cooking School at Dar Les Cigognes has been teaching guests the wonders of Moroccan Cooking for over a decade. With over 10,000 participants, we have a huge experience to draw upon. In keeping with the ethos of the hotel Dar Les Cigognes, we are fanatic about fresh, seasonal cooking, and making everything from scratch. Our classes are completely hands-on, involving guests in the preparation of each dish and imparting practical knowledge.All instruction is private--we do not do group classes unless it is a group that is travelling together and want to do their class together. We have a variety of typical formats, but will also create bespoke classes. The classes are suitable for everyone from beginners to professional chefs, and indeed we have even had multi-day classes with professional chefs designed to help them reformulate their own menus to include Moroccan dishes.Our most popular class is called "learn the dish" where a guest will learn one of the dishes on the daily-changing menu. This is a short class of one hour and a bit, which starts with an introduction to Moroccan spices, and then proceeds with practical instruction in the preparation of the dish. We can almost guarantee that whatever the dish of the day is, it will not be one that you will likely find in any Moroccan restaurant other than our own, as we constantly strive to prepare the truly traditional dishes or to innovate within the Moroccan repertoire to give our diners and our students an introduction to the real, authentic Moroccan home cooking. "Learn the dish" is just a class to learn a dish, and is usually given in the afternoons, but other time slots can be accommodated depending on the in-house demand for cooking classes. With 5 professional chefs on our team, this gives us an ability to match the right chef to the student.Another popular format is our 1/2 day class. We do daily morning and afternoon sessions and this is a 4 hour class followed by a meal. Here the student will be involved in the design and preparation of their meal, and learn about how Moroccans construct menus. Our couscous class has been very popular over the years as learning to make couscous from scratch is something easy to take home, and the difference in flavour is astounding. This class begins with a market tour which is focused around the menu that is being prepared and then follows with the participants making each element of their meal, and time permitting includes at lunch starter and main plus desert, and for dinner includes appetiser, starter and main, plus desert. There is usually not time to prepare the desert, also because deserts require setting time, but there is always time to eat desert!We also do a 1/2 day Moroccan pastry and bread baking class. This class is given on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, and apart from learning to make either pastries or breads, the participants also go to the communal oven to bake their preparations, and get rare insight into this magical aspect of Moroccan medina life.We also do bespoke full day and multi-day classes by direct arrangement. Classes are given at both Dar Les Cigognes and sister hotel Riad Kaiss. The Dar Les Cigognes cookbook is available on Amazon UK and US and Riad Kaiss and Dar Les Cigognes both feature in Paula Wolfert's seminal new work The Food of Morocco

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Great way to see the souks, learn to cook and meet new friends

This was a wonderful way to get to know the souks and an introduction to Moroccan cooking. We did the class on our first full day in Marrakech which worked out really well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a wonderful way to get to know the souks and an introduction to Moroccan cooking. We did the class on our first full day in Marrakech which worked out really well. Gemma and her assistant Cecile split us into 2 groups before taking us round the souks to buy the ingredients for our feast. This was an education... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Souk Cuisine is a wonderful cultural and culinary experience in the Medina (old part) section of Marrakech. In addition to being a "cooking class", it's really an immersive cultural outing. You start by meeting the owner Gemme (an ex-pat from Holland) and going to shop for all of the ingredients that you'll be using. From learning about the spice market,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Marrakech. We were tarvelling with four boys aged 13- 24 and needed to sort the agenda to keep them happy. Therefore I booked a session witn Souk Cuisine and it was a complete success. It started with shopping for the ingredients in the souk. Two people were given a shopping... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We did Souk Cuisine on our second full day in Marrakech and it was a great time to do it; we'd had enough time to see the souks but could also still benefit from Gemma's wealth of knowledge about them. Gemma was a knowledgable guide, explaining many things we may otherwise have never noticed. The class itself was full of... More 

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We did a fun day of shopping the bazaars and cooking with Gemma at the Souk Cuisine school. It was great having someone show us the traditional way of shopping (this was also an education in holistic medicines and spices). It was hands on and then a delicious lunch. There were 6 of us and another group of 5 so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

I booked a day with Souk Cuisine for my 2nd day in Marrakech & what a joy it was. My group met outside the Cafe de France & we were given shopping lists, shopping bags & little purses containing money. We were shown around the souks and enjoyed the tour from a local's perspective. The shopping experience was great fun... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic cooking experience! Definitely something to try if you covet a break from the bustle of Marrakech. Upon meeting at a mutual destination the group was split and lead round the daily food markets to source ingredients from a pre-set 'shopping list' that we would be cooking later. This was a true highlight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The cooking course was, by far, the best experience I had in Marrakesh. (That might be, because the city itself is rather unspectacular.) It was interesting to buy all the indigence on the market, cooking was of course nice as well. You get an insight into Moroccan cooking techniques - and the food was the best I had on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

I'm very glad we decided to spend the day with Souk Cuisine. We both had a lot of fun and learnt a few things along the way. The first thing I'd say is that I recommend doing this early in your trip. The souks can be a bit daunting and this is a great way to ease yourself into it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

We started the day in the souk picking up all of our ingredients and learning a little about them and the locals along the way. Having only been in Marrakech for a day or so, it was the perfect introduction to the Medina. The group was around 15 in total but we were split into smaller groups each with our... More 

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