On a recent trip to Petra, I've taken a "cooking class" at Petra Kitchen. My travel angent had recommended it as a good way to learn more about the local food and learn to cook a selection of Jordanian dishes under the watchful eye of a local chef and some local women.
I was actually quite disappointed with the whole experience. The whole set-up was quite chaotic and the introduction consists of the chef telling you the dishes that will be prepared that night. You actually only get hands-on experience with one of six dishes, and the main course is prepared by the chef with people only looking on.
The women supervising our table was quite unfriendly and not helpful or instructive in any way. Stuff was put in front of me to slice, dice and chop and only half way through was I exlained what I am actually cooking.
The finished products were then consumed as dinner. I was a bit uncomfortable to eat food prepared by people I do not know. The taste overall was ok, but the selectiojn of dishes overall was very uninspiring.
At almost USD 50 a head, I would have expected much more.
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