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Gourmet Holidays Cooking Classes

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Gourmet Holidays Cooking Classes

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srddc wrote a review Mar 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia31 contributions33 helpful votes
We reached out to Gourmet Holidays when we had a 9 hour layover in Istanbul and wanted to see the city. Gocken responded to my inquiry almost immediately and worked with me to customize our itinerary (to accommodate our travel times and interests) and it didn't even end up costing us more than their normal tour. I found that Gourmet Holidays was the only company willing to work with us and am SO happy about that! We were assigned Selahattin as our tour guide; he was fantastic. He worked with our airport transfer company on our drop off and pick up, served as a historical tour guide during the customized part of the tour (we wanted to see the Blue Mosque and Haga Sophia) and then treated us to some amazing food. He spent a significant amount of time with us "off the clock" as we ended up having a bit more time than expected. It was great to learn about the culture, food, the city, etc. I only wish we had more time. We will definitely be in touch with Sela and Gourmet Holidays if we return to Istanbul in the future!!
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Date of experience: February 2015
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Ro R wrote a review Aug 2013
London, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
I was fortunate enough to attend this cooking class & lunch in Istanbul which turned out to be one the best travel experiences I have had in a long time. Not only did I learn a lot about the history, culture and diversity of food in but it was a really enjoyable and relaxed experience with a lot of great conversation (and wine). It was very light hearted, full of anecdotes and stories that made it a really great afternoon. If you want to do something different and really experience the culture what better way is there to do it than to bond with people over a dinner you helped prepare?!
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Date of experience: July 2013
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sys64738 wrote a review Jul 2013
Cambridge, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
This is definitely a great choice as it is a uniquely educational and entertaining experience. The stories and the turkish coffee were just fantastic, and even though I cannot cook well myself, we had a lot of fun in the kitchen too. The guide and the chef were just great. Definitely recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2013
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RubyShoes80 wrote a review Jun 2013
Istanbul, Turkey5 contributions1 helpful vote
I attended Gokcen's "Gourmet Holidays" class with some friends and it was definitely one of the highlights of my week. The class I attended focused on Black Sea cuisine, which is really different than other Turkish cuisine. The chef was hilarious and really good at showing us all the steps in making the dishes (which I am excited to replicate... someday:-) The translator was also great, as he is himself a professional chef and cookbook author. The best part was sharing a meal all together at the end in a very authentic setting. I would definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: May 2013
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guidaturca wrote a review Jun 2013
Istanbul, Turkey1 contribution
I attended the Royal Ottoman class, the only one of its kind in Istanbul. It was so educational and savoury. Our chef Hakan made the experience very entertaining and took the time to share stories and make the recipes easy to understand. He keeps your attention with humor and stories.Throughout the lesson, he explained to us the Royal Ottoman cuisine and its origins, whilst demonstrating how to cook the best lunch I have tasted. After cooking, we all sat down and enjoyed the foods of our labor in the lovely surroundings of "Y" brasserie, where we were also served a great choice of local red wine. The food was delicious and definitely one of my favorite experiences ever. I did later go back and buy the spices and their cookbook - Chef Hakan also wrote the first e-book on Ottoman Cuisine in English which is still selling on Amazon. All in all it was a very entertaining class and a unique lunch. The tastes and smells were so different from other Turkish dishes that I was really taken by surprise. And the ingredients had been selected in such a way that you can easily find them wherever you are in the world. If you want to taste and learn how to make a proper Ottoman feast, then this is the place to go!
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Date of experience: May 2013
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