The Little Lucian Cooking School

The Little Lucian Cooking School

The Little Lucian Cooking School
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Authentic Caribbean Cooking featuring Seven Secret Ingredients for Caribbean Cooking. Now offering The Little Lucian on Tour. Bookable in North America as a feature for conferences, retreats and private parties. Just like our St Lucia cooking class now you can have the Little Lucian come to you. So whether you bring the gang together to explore St. Lucia's distinctive culture, are on island for a bit of couple's romance cruising near the Pitons, or flying solo, watch for upcoming dates if you are in St Lucia. Consider your place today for an unforgettable experience. Please visit our website to see our tour schedule and on-island cooking class.
Castries, St. Lucia

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Barb T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Very Enjoyable, great enthusiasm, Jo-Anne and Chuck great hosts. Enjoyed the authentic details and accessories brought back from the original Little Lucian school. This evening was a preview of courses JoAnne is planning to do in her BC location NOT in the Caribbean, well worth attending.
Written June 18, 2018
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Annette D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
I loved the entire authentic experience from the Caribbean natural bowls, spoons, coconut cups to the variety of food and drinks we tasted. My 2 favorites were the Cacao tea and the dessert ...the most delicious chocolate cake I've ever had, topped with Banana Caramel and fresh Mango...and I won't spoil the finale on how she puts it all together...you'll have to go to find out. :) Oh what a way to end the evening. Joanne's obvious passion for cooking combined with her sense of humour and knowledge inspired me to want to try these recipes at home...now that's a miracle! :)
Truly an enjoyable and fun time!
Written May 14, 2018
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Creston, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Jo-Anne Schultz is a great cook - no doubt about that. But it's her passion that takes her classes to the next level. So much experience to draw on, and the inclusion of a Jamaican family to add their own input to the experiences Jo-Anne has had in Santa Lucia was quite wonderful. If you have an chance to attend one of these classes, don't hesitate.
Written May 14, 2018
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Supertrooper84
Newport -Trefdraeth, UK126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We have experienced many food trips/cooking experiences over the years but this by far is top of the list! I
If we hadn't been eavesdropping we wouldn't have found this little gem.
The cookery school is less then a ten minute taxi from The Halcyon Sandals hotel and the activity only lasts three hours.
If you are hoping for induction hobs, food processors and an air conditioned kitchen then this is not for you. This activity was as real as it could get!
Matilda is 72yrs old and a grandmother to 21. Her daughter Mary assists her and between them you are transported to "real St Lucia".
The stove is a clay pot on coals and the oven that they use to bake coconut cakes is a large saucepan.
Our day started with cocoa tea and coconut cakes. We then learnt about the local spices, fruits and vegetables before we helped prepare fish cakes.
The main course was cooked in clay pots on coals which, I've no doubt added to the incredible flavour of the food.
Our bowls, spoons and cups were all made from coconut shells or from the Calabash tree.
The kitchen area is in Matilda's garden, which we were fortunate to have a tour of before leaving.
If you like food and want to get away from tourist areas then go here, it was a wonderful experience.
Thank you to all at the Little Lucian for a fabulous day.
Written April 18, 2017
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glennp211
Harleysville, PA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
We had an exceptional time at the Little Lucian Cooking School.

Cooking authentic food the authentic way - and then getting to eat the fruits of your labor.

A must see for anyone visiting St. Lucia.

Glenn
Written April 14, 2017
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JenLethal
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
After seeing all the good reviews we thought we had to try it!! It is a lovely little place. We got a taxi from our hotel in Castries and we got there within 10 minutes. Immediately felt welcome. The breakfast they give is amazing and then we spent some time chopping up the "secret ingredients" to go in with the fish cakes and the mahi mahi that we made. The family are so welcoming and answer any questions you have. The hotel had made us feel a bit nervous about going to somewhere they hadn't heard of and to something that wasn't one of their normal trips but we are so SO glad we went. Booking was very easy and we had booked and paid on viator online. I had heat stroke on the day we had originally booked it for and felt too ill to go but I emailed and very quickly got a lovely reply. They rebooked us in for later the same week. Very glad we didn't have to miss the experience!! Thank you very much!!
Written April 13, 2017
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Dana G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Matilda and her family were so friendly and welcoming. It rained most of the morning, but still got to enjoy an outdoor cooking experience, as they just moved the charcoal cooking station under the grass canopy so it didn't really take away from the experience. Note: Come hungry! lots of food, and very filling.

Beautiful food, lovely people, lovely way to spend a morning :)
Written March 13, 2017
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Hayley S
Kansas City, MO8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
Let me preface this review with a few things. 1) I am an unapologetic foodie. 2) I believe that the best part of traveling is experiencing different cultures and foods. 3) We were staying at Sandals Halcyon which was great, but did very little to honor St. Lucian culture/cuisine, so we were desperate for something authentic.

Okay, ready?

My husband and I booked this class before we left home. We rented a car because we had just checked out of Sandals; however, if you are staying at any of the Sandals resorts, take a cab and go here. It is worth it. It is worth noting that I do not believe this is the cooking class that Sandals offers as an excursion.

The directions had us a little concerned. They read something like, park at Germaine's Nursery and Flower Shop, you're in the right place. Hmmm....okay. We found it with no trouble and pulled in the yard.

A beautiful St Lucian woman, Mary, immediately came out to greet us. She walked us to the backyard through the nursery. In the back yard, we met two more beautiful St. Lucian women. Mamu Matilda and her daughter. These women were so kind and gracious. I cannot speak enough about how honored I felt to learn more about St Lucia from these women. They were so humble and patient. With their permission, I took so many photos and they did not seem to mind one bit. They also readily answered any questions that we had.

There was a long elevated trough set up with charcoal burning and clay pots on top of it. (I'm sure there are specific words for most of the techniques and equipment they were using, but I apologize, I do not remember them. I was so taken with the experience I didn't write anything down. So, I'll just describe things as well as I can.)

There were many local ingredients laid out, many of which were grown right there on the property. We started with coconut muffins and cocoa tea. The cocoa tea is very iconic to St Lucia and it is delicious.

We then started making lunch. We helped chop herbs and vegetables while they were explaining, but that was about the extent of our hands on involvement. I was okay with that because I really just wanted to take photos and focus on what they were saying.

We made accra (fried salt cod fritters) first and they were so good! Another St. Lucian specialty.

Then on to lunch which was a hot pot of breadfruit, yams, fish, herbs, and vegetables. They also made (fresh) pigeon peas and rice. We were served a delicious beverage made from sorrel with lunch. After lunch we even got some very refreshing fresh coconut water.

We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It was a three hour class, so we really feel like it was a good value for the price. Especially when you consider that it included a breakfast snack as well as a large lunch.

I would highly, highly recommend this class. It was a lovely experience that I will surely remember for the rest of my life.
Written February 25, 2017
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Helen E
Toronto, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
My 14-year old daughter and I weren't sure what to expect from a traditional, home-cook experience with local sourced produce. Matilda and Mary led us through a fabulous morning of cooking, tasting and learning about St. Lucia. Their cocoa tea far surpassed that served by our resort and my daughter enjoyed the coconut cakes so much she brought them back to Canada with her - to the amusement of the customs staff!
We loved the salt-fish fritters and traditional meal of rice and peas, fish and cucumber salad. Yohannes fetching us fresh coconuts so we could taste the coconut water (and take one back for my husband to taste) was a perfect ending.
The only thing better than the food was the friendliness or Matilda, Mary and Yohannes. They are delightful and we enjoyed being outside amidst all the trees producing the food we ate.
We were thankful that The Little Lucian Cooking School was able to re-open after the flooding last fall. We highly recommend the experience.
Written January 11, 2017
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Katie C
Gerrards Cross, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
We spent the day at the Little Lucian cookery school learning to make hot spiced cocoa tea, coconut cakes, green seasoning (a wonderful sauce that can be used on anything) on tuna fish and a cucumber salad. Matilda was fascinating and had been cooking for years raising a large family. Her knowledge of plants, bush medicine and cookery was impressive. I loved the fact we cooked outdoors in the traditional fashion in clay pots over hot coals. Her grandson, Yohann came to help out and charming and enthusiastic. I am really pleased I got to learn more about the Lucian people, their history and cooking by venturing out of our hotel. I would recommend this course to any visitors to the island as it was so well organised and they couldn't do enough for us. Though I might never make cocoa tea over the fire again I have already made chicken with green seasoning at home.
Written January 9, 2017
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