Culinary Hungary Home Cooking Class and Market Tour

Culinary Hungary Home Cooking Class and Market Tour

Culinary Hungary Home Cooking Class and Market Tour
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Join our hands-on home cooking classes for a fun and interactive experience with an insight into history, culture, food, wine and tradition. Visitors to Budapest often count Hungarian cuisine as one of the most memorable parts of their trip. Culinary Hungary's intimate, in-home cooking classes allow you to learn to cook Hungarian in a relaxing environment. Add a market tour and you will end up with a one-of-a-kind, delicious Budapest experience. Hosts Agnes and Andrew, a native Hungarians, will guide you through Hungarian food and cooking techniques spiced up with interesting stories in a lovely Budapest apartment. All lessons are hands-on and held in English. No cooking skills required. Lessons end with eating your very own home-cooked Hungarian meals.
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M J
Florida, USA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
My family's recent trip to Budapest, Hungary was so sweetly enriched by our visit with Agnes and Istvan. They are warm, kind, hospitable, and generous peoople who welcomed our family of five with open arms.

Prior to our trip, we learned about Agnes & Istvan through tripadvisor website, and we were very much interested. We sent an email to Agnes, and within a day we received a reply with all the answers to our questions.

On our designated day/time, we met Agnes in front of the Central Market. Agnes gave us a tour of the market and we were able to experience in firsthand a small glimpse into the life in Budapest. It was informative and interesting to see/smell the local flavors - from ever present paprikas to variety of sausages, organic vegetables to homemade cheeses, local crafts to fine porcelain china, ... We also shopped for the ingredients for our cooking at the market.

After the market tour, Agnes took my family in a taxi to her home where Istvan was waiting for us. For the next three hours or so, Agnes and Istvan were wonderful hosts/teachers. They were very patient with my children, explaning and demonstating step by step how to prepare vegetables to how to flip a perfect pancake. We really did ALL the cooking ourselves! We had a wonderful soup, a main chicken dish, and a dessert pancake - all very authentic Hungarian dishes. The entire meal was very delicious and satisfying. But the best part of it all was that we all laughed alot.... It was so much fun! - cooking, talking, chopping, stirring - Sharing a meal together with strangers (now friends) from the other side of the world...

All three of my children (ages 17, 15, & 12) LOVED the experience! And my husband and I very much enjoyed our time together with our new friends in Hungary.

Thank you, Agnes & Istvan, for your wonderful hospitality!!! We'll always treasure our time together in Budapest, Hungary...

The Jo family from Florida
Written August 16, 2011
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Alison D
Kings Lynn19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
This experience was the highlight of a wonderful few days in this gorgeous city. From the minute we arrived in Agi's home we felt welcome and knew this was going to be a brilliant experience.

We were late (don't ask) but this didn't faze her at all, we were met with a glass of pulinka and canapes and after a short introductory chat we set to work. This was no impersonal industrial cookery school but the warm heart of Agi's home,In the 3 hours we were with her we made goulash soup, paprika chicken and Somloi Gluska for dessert. Everything was explained with lots of handy tips (we're both keen cooks but still picked up tips on when to season, how best to skin a chicken and so on) all accompanied with a very nice red wine. We then sat down to a long leisurely lunch when we chatted about the Hungarian way of life and learned about traditional customs and celebrations - so much more interesting than reading up on the subject!

When we left we were surprised with a lovely gift (wont spoil the surprise) and as soon as we got home we had copies of our recipes emailed to us complete with more handy tips.

This was a wonderful experience and one which we'd love to repeat both with Agi and in other cities.
Written January 30, 2014
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4kksandme
Los Angeles, CA27 contributions
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Agnes and her husband Steven open up their apartment home for a fantastic cooking session. We learned true Hungaruan home cooking. Made goulash soup, stuffed cabbage and poppy seed bread pudding. So delicious. And easy. You don't have to know anything about cooking. What fun. Great conversation. Wonderful break from visiting churches and castles.
Written November 13, 2012
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saram670
Verona, Italy2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
we thought we'd add a culinary touch to our perfect stay in beautiful budapest : it turned out being a cooking class for beginners and not for experienced cooks.
No information was added to our well prepared knowledge of the city/country.
Level was too basic and knowledge too touristic;
The market tour is not necessary cause anyone can visit the market on his own.....and 31 euro per person is an offence to tourists.

the 100 euro fare is exagerated considering an average monthly salary in Hungary is between 250 and 400 euros. The ingredients were of very average quality while we noticed the better quality in the market wasn't expensive at all.
Wine at disposal was a last glass of an open bottle and a very average rosé. For 100 euro per person you don't chop and chip but find ingredients already prepared.
The cooking experience of Agnes is very basic, a bit due to her age, and a bit due to
lack of passion for cooking.
Agnes though felt our disappointment and proposed to refund us. So we decided to pay 50
euro per person and got the rest promptly back.
Tell the truth we decided to participate reading the comments on tripadvisor........and being
so expensive we thought it was a high level : to discover it is definitively on a beginners level.
Absolutely nothing negative to comment on Agnes : kind and willingly to please and assist
and help us to buy the right hungarian sausage.
Level and fare should be adapted to the real value, this just cannot be the most expensive
thing to do in such a lovely city !
Written October 2, 2011
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Dear Disappointed, Thank you for your review of our cooking program. You have said little that we disagree with, and it is good that other guests who are thinking about joining us for an evening/afternoon of home-style Hungarian food and culture are aware of exactly what to expect, and also for them to know that like you, anyone who isn’t fully satisfied with their experience should only pay as much as they feel is right. As you say, our cooking and cultural program is not targeted to experienced cooks or those with well prepared knowledge of Budapest and Hungary. It is for the average tourist who might know little or nothing about cooking or our country. Your cooking skills are excellent and you knew a lot more about Hungary than most of the cultural and culinary explorers we have had as guests in the past. We work hard to give all of our guests the best experience we can, and we think the price we ask is fair. For each group, couple or solo traveler we easily spend 10 hours with preparation, clean-up, and - the best part - shopping, cooking, dining, and socializing with our guests in our own home. It is sad, but after 20 years of frantic economic development, many people believe that Central Europe is still suffering a post-communist economic depression. The truth is that the average salary in Hungary in 2006 was already 880 Euros (and not as you claim 250-400 in 2011), and that’s for the country as a whole. In Budapest the incomes and the standard of living are significantly higher than in the countryside. But still, the same kind of cultural cooking learning experience further west in Europe can cost more than twice as much as what we ask. We do apologize for not having a wine to match your taste. Hungary is extremely proud of it’s wine heritage, but presentation isn’t always our strong point. Some of the best Hungarian wines never even make it to the shops, going straight from a family owned vineyard to family dinner tables in almost any kind of clean beverage container. We will learn from your feedback here and in the future will always have a broad selection of the best examples of Hungarian wines. Finally, we do indeed have a great passion for traditional home-style Hungarian cooking, and we don’t pretend to be 5 star gourmet chefs. For those out there who are looking for that kind of experience, the truly “most expensive thing to do in this beautiful city” might be a 200 Euro per person meal at the Gundel, one of Budapest’s best; though we are doubtful the chef will take you shopping, tell you all about life here, teach you his recipies, and let you do all the cooking. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on your experience with us.
Written October 10, 2011
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luvstotravel64
Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
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Aug 2011 • Solo
This cooking class is a must if you want to learn about Hungarian cooking and culture. Agnes was a fantastic ,gracious hostess and very informative about the local culture. I enjoyed cooking and learing about the local ingredients as well as the history behind Hungarian cooking. We also went to the farmers market just around the corner which was a great expierence. Was a very enjoyable afternoon and one of the highlights of my trip to budapest. I highly reccomend this class especially if you are a foodie or into culinary expierences. LT
Written September 13, 2011
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abulafia
Oyster Bay, NY71 contributions
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Apr 2011
This was one of our best experiences of the week in Hungary. It is not only a wonderful introduction to the cuisine and culture, but also a great way to connect with a local.
The Central Market where we bought the ingredients was the initial introduction to the food. You can do this on your own (we went back another day and had some terrific langos that’s sold on the upper level) but having someone who knows where things are and what to look for is a great help.
The class was relaxed and well arranged, with plenty of time to cook, drink wine and palinka, talk, interact and take pictures. Agnes is a charming hostess. Afterwards we all sat down and ate the authentic Hungarian dishes we made. The delicious food gave us a great feeling of accomplishment!
Agnes and her friend Maggie were very willing to discuss all manner of things of life in Budapest. This type of interaction is something that a typical traveler does not have, and gives you an insight into the country and the people.
The day after we came home we tried the recipes; of course they didn’t come out as well as the first time, but with practice we know they will improve. Overall, a memorable experience that we highly recommend.
Written April 28, 2011
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Bjorn_in_Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011
Agnes met us on the Saturday morning at the tram station with two baskets in hand. First we were off to the local market to buy the groceries for the cooking lesson from local producers and then we headed for her apartment and the cooking experience.

The cooking lesson was very well prepared, with easy to follow recepies, good tools. During the class we had time for cooking, tasting wines and learning about Hugarian cooking, culture and life in general.

Agnes and Istvan were both very friendly and helpful and easy going. Do take the opportunity to ask Agnes and Istvan about anything you would like to know about cooking, Budapest and life in Hungary.

All in all the cooking lesson was an amazing experience and a very memorable occassion and I'd warmly recommend it to people who like cooking, but also to people who would like to get under the skin of Budapest.
Written March 20, 2011
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Panbab
Seattle, WA87 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Friends
We were a group of 6 who took the cooking class just about a week ago. Communication with Agnes was prompt and accurate. We walked from our hotel on the Pest side of Budapest to the apartment where the class is. Having the class in a residential setting in a home kitchen just gives it all a very local and non-touristy feel.

Andrew was our chef and he was fantastic. Fun, knowledgeable, great English, overall a great teacher. We all had jobs to do. In our group there were people who love to cook, people who don't cook at all and people who casually cook. This class is good for all levels. The only thing I can say is the kitchen and lack of counter space is a little on the tight side. One more small counter area and it would be the perfect space.

It is a relaxed and casual setting. I highly recommend you take a cooking class while in Budapest. You won't regret it.
Written April 9, 2019
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Pjaway
Sheffield, UK107 contributions
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We booked our tour online, my wife initial thoughts were that it was a bit expensive.

However we met Andrew, our tour guide outside the front of the beautiful market building.

He made us feel very welcome, the tour he gave us was simply brilliant.

He introduced us to Hungarian food, and we got to try a number of delicious dishes.

I can't fully put into words how good the tour was. It's hard to single out a single item of food as it was all excellent.

Andrew was great very knowledgeable about the market, what was on offer and what to buy where. It's important to note there was no pressure to buy anything.

This was definitely a highlight of our four days in Budapest. Thank you so much Andrew.
Written February 13, 2019
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Jody R
Al-Rayyan, Qatar321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We met Andrew outside the market at 9:00. He took us on a tour including and we had local local eats for breakfast . We tried 6-7 different dishes and items from the Vendors. Then, I t was then a short cab to the apartment. There we cooked bean soup, chicken paprikash, spaetzle and custard with floating islands. We chose to do more hands on and Andrew allow us to do much prep for the meal. Cooking was about 3 hours total then the meal. The food was delicious. We also sampled Hungarian wine and Pálinka. Everything was perfect, a short ride on the metro got us back to the hotel about 3:30. We would definitely do this again and recommend to a friend.
Written December 19, 2018
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