After looking at a number of options for a cooking class, a friend and I settled on HOF based on a recommendation from our Riad and having seen it a number of times walking around the Medina. This was the highlight of our trip. The half day class we did was the complete experience starting with discussing the menu over an amazing cup of coffee to learning our 'shopping arabic' and picking out the perfect produce at the market and finally enjoying the multitude of dishes we made.
Edwina and Taufik were excellent hosts providing great instruction with a sense of humour. I appreciated Edwina's style and that we wrote our own recipes. Generally its nice to work in pairs so one writes, while the other does the prep. The clean up and set up is taken care of by the hosts/staff as well which allows you to focus on the cooking and jotting the recipes. They were also very accommodating and allowed our friend, who didn't participate in the class, join the group for lunch for a reasonable fee.
I highly recommend going with the sardines and carrot jam. Really all the dishes were excellent and some of the best food we had in Morocco. My friends, who generally don't eat meat, made an exception so they could enjoy the lamb and chicken tajine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This wonderful culinary destination is somewhere glorious to holiday and celebrate fooding. Sumptuous accommodation in this chic riad, is offered exclusively, to guests booking a culinary stay. Then there are the fabulous gourmet road trips, all the way to the desert, where along the way, you will picnic in hidden gorges, stay in kasbahs, cook in a tribal desert outpost, beyond the end of the road, close to the Algerian border, later, riding camels to camp beside dunes, in a private camp, cooking dinner over stones. Fusion and traditional cooking classes are held in the riad and a traditional over coals class can be had in a remote High Atlas village, 90 minutes from Marrakech and a tribal desert outpost as part of a road trip. Gourmet picnics along the Tizn Test, dinner parties and celebrations. Everything we do is far off the tourist trail and glorious beyond words. All holidays are planned to feel personal and absolutely extraordinary. ... more less
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