Drawing from Arab, Berber, Jewish, African and French traditions, Moroccan cuisine is world renowned and provides a healthy diet. Morocco is home to an abundance of locally grown fresh food, due to the wonderful year-round climate and extensive irrigation. Using an imaginative range of spices, herbs and oils creates a distinct range of tasty meals, including tajines, couscous, salads and Berber flat breads. A wander around a souk gives you a sense of the immense range of fresh vegetables and fruits available to Moroccan families and chefs.
Berber Cooking Class is recommended to be taken on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, so you can explore the local Berber weekly market. You will experience Moroccan cooking from start to finish, from buying the spices and fresh produce at the weekly markets, to enjoying the meal while letting the lush mountains and village life surrounding you soak in.
The trip starts at 9:00 a.m, when you are picked up from your accommodation, and taken to the Berber weekly market. Here, you will select fresh ingredients (meat, vegetables which are dependent on what meal you would like to cook, such as tagine or couscous) by yourself as locals. Once you have everything you need, we will explore the beautiful Ourika Valley.
We will visit the women cooperative, where Moroccan oil and herbs are made, stopping for pictures along the way. We will visit a real Berber family in their house, where the cooking course will take place.
The cooking courses are run by Malika, the Grandmother of the family, an experienced Berber cook whose trade secrets have been passed down in her family for generations. An English speaking driver/ guide, will do translate her instructions into English and assist you as you learn about the techniques of traditional Berber cooking. You can look forward to learning how to make mint tea, how to make bread, how to cook it in a traditional oven with a wood fire and how to milk a cow. Our cook provides a wealthy source of information on Moroccan cuisine, cooking methods, and spices.
Dishes are cooked in traditional earthenware Tajines on a Majmar, a charcoal burning brazier. This tour price includes transportation, an English speaking driver/ guide, water, drinks, and ingredients for the cooking class. We will return to Marrakech around 5:00 pm.
Your guide will need to know what type of Berber dish you want to cook, either couscous or tagine (with lamb, beef or chicken). In the case that you are more than 2 people, please feel free to contact us. We will provide you with a quote or another itinerary to suit your needs.