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l'Atelier Madada

7, bis rue Youssef El Fassi, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212524475512
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Ranked #8 of 57 Activities in Essaouira
Type: Educational Sites
Owner description: At the entrance of the old medina, in a former almond warehouse, l'Atelier Madada welcomes you under its stone arches. By small groups (8 persons... more » Owner description: At the entrance of the old medina, in a former almond warehouse, l'Atelier Madada welcomes you under its stone arches. By small groups (8 persons maximum) and supervised by a professional team (a cook and a trilingual presenter) our hosts discover the secrets of Moroccan gastronomy and are initiated into the delights of one of the best cuisine in the world. In a friendly and casual atmosphere, those half-day workshops teach each participant how to prepare a full traditional meal that one can then easily reproduce at home. « less
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Munich, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Our Moroccan cooking course at l'atelier Madada was real fun. Though we've picked a fairly complicated dish (Pastilla), all the steps were understandable and it was a lot of laughing and chatting while preparing our dishes.The instructors were always addressable in French and English. While our Pastilla was in the oven, they also took us to the Spice market and... More

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France
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41 reviews 41 reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The best cooking class, followed by a local market tour, I've ever taken. Mona is very pleasant to work with, the premises are immaculate and the recipes prepared delicious. It is a real highlight of any Essaouira visit. A great introduction to Moroccan cuisine, which I have replicated over and over at home always with a WOW factor. Fully recommended,... More

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Hampshire, UK
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This morning of cookery at l'Atelier Madada was a highlight of our week in Essaouira. The course was held in part of a restaurant in an old warehouse, with Mona the chef and Alison who provided both translation and a lot of extra local detail. As the first to book, we chose a sea bass tagine with a harira soup... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had an wonderful time at this cooking lesson. Mona the chef has a delightful mischievous sense of humour but an excellent eye for detail, while our translator Alison was lovely company and very helpful and informative. The food was sublime and plenty of it. The highlight was the trip to the spice souk to learn about the different morrocan... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is probably the best thing what I have done in Morocco. I´d like the chef attitude, not too easy going. Make you cook exactly right. Would I go again? Yes!

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The cooking class at l'Atelier Madada should be a part of everyone's plan in Essaouira. We were four traveling together and had the class just for us. We learned how to make Pastilla and zucchini chermoula and both were a lot of fun to prepare and delicious to eat afterwards. Mona, the chef who taught us, was very nice, had... More

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firfax
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I signed up for the course at Madada Mogador and was told that I would be the second person in the class. When I arrived the first person had cancelled so I received a private lesson. What a treat! We made a delicious eggplant appetizer and beef couscous. Both were fabulous. It was a real treat being with Mona and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Fortunately we created a chicken tajine under the supervision of Mona and Alison at the end of our trip. Otherwise our previous meals would probably have seemed rather disappointing. We were a group of mothers with adult daughters, and not all of us were experts in the kitchen. Everybody had a wonderful time! The location is beautiful, the staff professional... More

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Drammen, Norway
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Great cooking class in a very nice environment. Professional and smoothly run course. Mona and Alison made us feel welcome and as we didn't speak french, Alison translated everything to us. We learned how to make mint tea and then an entree and a tajine. The trip to the spice market was also fun, and interesting.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I booked the course after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and in Lonely Planet. We were not disappointed. The cookery school is a beautifully designed working kitchen. Mona the chef and her assistant Alison were very welcoming and put us at ease immediately. As we were the first to book on the course, we were lucky... More

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