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“Super day of learning and fellowship”
Review of Faim d'Epices

Faim d'Epices
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Farmhouse Cooking Class from Marrakech
Ranked #1 of 23 Food & Drink in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cours de cuisine à Marrakech Cooking class in Marrakesh. We pick people up to their location about 9:30am and drive them to our building in the fields,20 min from city center.In half a day They learn to make a complete Moroccan dish,including bread,salads,and a main meal changing every day, trained by our two Moroccan cookers.They prepare their own meal and eat it on our terrace looking at the olive trees...
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Today was our cooking class that we booked on line at Faim d'Epices. They were to pick us up in front of our hotel at 10:00. We were down a little early and the cab drivers/guides told us that they would take us. No we'll wait. Tours were offered and suggestions made by the cabbies.

Within a few minutes up pulled a nice van with the name on the side. We hopped in the front seat and there were three other couples in the back.

It was at least a 20 minute ride out of the city, near Timbucktoo, but an interesting ride to see a different part of the city. Highway turned to city road to country road with speed bumps, turned to gravel. No speeding and good driving.

We arrived at the farm and the owner, Michel, greeted us and invited us into the lobby where our group of 10 sat as he gathered tea or coffee.

We introduced ourselves to each other and decided we would have a fun day. A couple from Manchester a little younger than us, their pregnant daughter and her husband, also from Manchester. A newly married couple from London, first grade teacher and website designer. And a couple Stanford grad students, one lived in California and the other Switzerland.

Michel was a bit of a character and entertaining. Originally French it took only a little time to get used to his his accent. He spoke clearly and made sure we understood what he was saying. Very knowledgeable on his spices and we had discussions during the day about the country, politics, and the people of Morocco.

He explained we would watch bread making, learn about spices while the dough was rising. Make our bread, watch salads be made, cook our beef tagine (kind of a stew), cook our bread, make crepes, then eat.

A lot of moving from our cooking station to the demonstration counter. Our instructor, Nazhel, lives in the city and rides her moped out each day, There were a couple staff that did some food prep and stocked and cleared the stations. Very well orchestrated all day.

His color is purple as all the accent colors were purple, his hat band, watch, shoes, cushions, and toilet seats were all purple. Even the blacked out sunglasses he made us wear as he held the different spices under our noses. He showed us real saffron and explained why there was no way they had real saffron at the price they offered in the spice shop we visited in the Souks.

We ate our labor (not goat) outside, complimented the chefs, had dessert with our crepes and ice cream. We were delivered back to the hotel a little before 5.

An excellent way to spend a day in Marrakech!

We received our Diploma and some pictures Michel took of us along with more recipies in an email.

When you go . . . wear something PURPLE and you will be the teacher's pet!!

3  Thank TAReedH
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

There isn't much I can add to all the other brilliant reviews - this was a fantastic day and one of our best in Marrakech. The cooking course and spice work shop in particular were really interesting and fun. The food we cooked was delicious and sitting in Michel's garden at the end of the day with good food, excellent company and a glass of wine is hard to beat! Michel's enthusiasm for Morocco and life in general is infectious and none of us wanted to leave at the end of the day! Would also recommend doing the spa combination deal as that was a great end to a perfect day.

Thank Laura G
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Easily booked this with Michel over the phone, very helpful, good directions on where pick up was and accurate time.

Great day experience, very clean facilities, friendly staff. Lots of banter and laughs. Knowledge of spices and cooking methods in plenty and shared by Michel.

Every level catered for, all made to feel very welcome. Great results at end by all. Shared a fabulous authentic lunch with the group of 8, over a glass of wine.

You must do this!! Thank you once again to Michel and his team, we had a laugh.

Manda and Paul (London)

Thank Amanda152
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We could not fault our Moroccan cooking experience with Michel and the Team! From the booking through to our transfer back everything ran smoothly and calmly. The recipes we cooked were explained step by step with a practical demonstration beforehand. The introduction to the use of Moroccan spices was very interesting as well as entertaining and proved a useful tool when deciding which spices to take home. The food we cooked was delicious and eaten "al fresco". This experience would suit relative beginners to cooking as well as those more experienced. As well as being a truly memorable day, it was also very good value. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

Thank Wendy G
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Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Whether your good, average or poor at cooking this is a must for all. The day was run brilliantly. Collected from our riad taken to the villa just outside the centre of marrakech. We were introduced to herbs and spices. There were demonstration and practical tutorials. Def have a good breakfast as you will you will be starving once you come to eat. Believe me, if you are average to poor at cooking your meal will still turn out great. They make it simple and easy to understand the technique of cooking allowing you to be confident in what you are doing. It worked, not doing to bad in the kitchen now.

Thank Matthew_Hickey
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