5 Cooking Classes Worth Travelling For – Getaway Magazine
How to pick just five? Not too easy, I tell you. Getaway Magazine (March 2014) asked me to narrow it down to five – these are my top picks of cooking classes worth travelling for.
Have any to add that you really enjoyed?
Enrica Rocca, Venice
Flamboyant Enrica Rocca enlivens the Rialto market with her deep knowledge of the produce, and rapport with the bawdy vendors. Born into aristocracy, her classes are held in a modern apartment in her family’s palazzo, where guests enjoy an intimate glimpse of Venetian life. Up to six home-style dishes are prepared over wine and chatter.
R4435 pp, sliding scale, 8 people maximum, www.enricarocca.it
Here are some of the dishes I cooked at this class with Enrica Rocca.
Cass Abrahams, Cape Town
Cass Abrahams, a doyenne of local cuisine who has enriched the body of knowledge on Cape Malay cookery, presents educational cooking classes in her home, tracing the history and geography of the ingredients used. She shares the stories acquired over 45 years, teaching recipes well over 300 years old.
From R550 pp for locals, Contact Pam McOnie, www.capefusiontours.com
Les Petits Farcis, Nice
Select from the bounty of sun-ripened Provençal fruit and vegetables at the Cours Saleya market, under the expert tutelage of Rosa Jackson and walk to her nearby cozy 17th century apartment. Here, guests prepare and learn more about the history of Niçoise classics such as pissaladiere.(recipe here)
R2700 pp, R2290 without market, www.petitsfarcis.com
One of the most culinary diverse areas in Israel, Galilee, the land referenced in the bible, comprises Jews, Arabs, Druze, Christians and others. Passionate ex-chef Paul Nirens guides cultural visits to the homes of Galilean Arab or Druze families to learn their cherished recipes.
Half day R867 pp, sliding scale, www.galileat.com
Cook & Taste, Barcelona
Tucked in the side streets of the Barri Gòtic, local chefs unpack Spanish and Catalan classics like frittata and paella in a bright, funky space. The classes are suited to all ages, and kids take delight in blowtorching the sugar on crema Catalan. A tour of La Boqueria, one of the best European markets, costs R180 pp.
R900 pp, www.cookandtaste.net
Also, High Teas around South Africa in the same issue