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Souk Cuisine

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Address: Derb Tahtah 5 | Zniquat Rhaba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Phone Number: +212 67 380 4955

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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From beginning to end this was a truly wonderful experience. From shopping in the souks, to preparing the food which we would later eat, this was amazing. Getting to prepare and... read more

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From beginning to end this was a truly wonderful experience. From shopping in the souks, to preparing the food which we would later eat, this was amazing. Getting to prepare and eat Moroccan cuisine and sit down with your fellow classmates was very enjoyable. Every person involved in helping us were very helpful throughout.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am now a convert to cookery classes when on holiday ! This was a wonderful day (10am to 4pm) due to the attention and guidance from Gemma and Cecile and the wonderful dynamic experience of cooking alongside Morrocan women. the first hour or so was spent in the souks buying produce for our meal and this was both a... More 

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My only wish is that we had done this sooner in our vacation. It truly is an amazing experience from the people you will meet in the souks with Gemma, to the fresh ingredients, her sous chefs, and the actual making and eating of the meal. From start to finish it was a wonderful adventure. My 7 year old daughter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was one of our favorite couple experiences on our vacation. After taking one excursion and two different training courses, this was by far my favorite and more enjoyable time. In my opinion you still have the cultural experience but also a superior quality product in comparison to other training course vendors. Also, while shopping and meeting the different retailers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I spent a day with Gemma, the two chefs in the kitchen and another lovely couple. We started the day with Gemma handing us a shopping bag, a grocery list, and a wallet of money. This was unexpected as we were told we were responsible to get the items on our shopping list. What a wonderful experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

A great way to spend a day in the Medina. Enjoyed walking through the souk and shopping for ingredients for the meal with Gemma. There were multiple courses and the seven of us pitched in preparing the various courses. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

I read about Souk Cuisine on Tripadvisor when looking at 'what to do' in Marrakech. I e mailed the owner, Gemma who responded within a couple of days, with all the info. I needed to make a booking. My husband (who considers beans on toast is a cookery challenge) and I were so pleased we had booked this very unique... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

There might be many many cooking courses in Marrakech, but certainly none of them will give you such an experience! Not only will you receive super interesting background information on Moroccan culture and food, how to haggle for the right price (if there ever is something like a "right price") and about different spices, their taste, production and influence on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

We were not sure to book it at the beginning because of the price, but it was totally worth it! The whole experience of walking through the different souks, choosing the ingredients, meeting people from different countries and learning marroccan recipes from local people was amazing. There were also several ladies there helping us with the preparation and cooking of... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

We met the owner of Souk Cuisine Gemma in the morning and were given shopping bags and lists, then were toured around the winding alleys of Djemaa El-Fna, such a great way to learn the maze of market stalls & shops which can be quite difficult to navigate by yourselves for the first time. She gave great advice not only... More 

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