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Souk Cuisine

Derb Tahtah 5 | Zniquat Rhaba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 629-358077
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Highlight of our trip!

My only wish is that we had done this sooner in our vacation. It truly is an amazing experience... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2016
Burke, Virginia
Birthday Treat

This was one of our favorite couple experiences on our vacation. After taking one excursion and... read more

Reviewed September 21, 2016
Matt E
United States
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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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Derb Tahtah 5 | Zniquat Rhaba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 629-358077
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Reviewed October 11, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed September 21, 2016

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...More

Thank Matt E
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...More

Thank Melissa J
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

Thank 314159traveler
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...More

Thank MrandMrsIngleby
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...More

Thank Ali L
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...More

Thank Elizabeth O
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...More

Thank ChrisGlue
Reviewed April 26, 2016

What a great experience. The food cooked was delicious and Gemma and the Moroccan women were fantastic, but for me the best thing about Souk Cuisine is the chance to shop in the markets of the souk amongst the locals. It was so interesting and...More

Thank forbes034
Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Great day, buying ingredients and cooking in a group (we were 12), taught by Moroccan women alongside Dutch owner..great fun, learn a lot about food and prices!, and a communal meal together...ask to see the communal bread ovens. Like 'great Moroccan bake off' but better!...More

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Response from SpinFX | Reviewed this property |
Hi The cost is 45 euro per person all in. You can check out their website - just google "souk cuisine" We met at the Cafe de Paris in the main square, spent a couple of hours shopping and then went to the Riad to cook... More