Cooking Workshops at La Maison Arabe

Cooking Workshops at La Maison Arabe

Cooking Workshops at La Maison Arabe
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The world-renowned cooking workshops at La Maison Arabe are open to hotel guests and those staying elsewhere in Marrakech. At the half-day classes, one learns the secrets of Moroccan cuisine, considered the most refined on the African continent. The workshops are run by a dada (traditional Moroccan chef), a translator (French/English), and include a visit to a nearby spice market and communal bread oven. After the workshop, during which every participant has worked alongside the dada at his or her own workstation, one dines on the delicious meal that's been prepared. The cooking workshops at La Maison Arabe have been praised by the leading international travel and food press, including The New York Times Sunday Travel Section, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveurs, and Virtuoso Life.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Emina
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, unique experience
    Excellent staff, especially our host Wafa, modern, oriental,nice and clean kitchen. We had a small group of four people, so it felt like a private course. Great value for money, it is definitely worth it. When we come to Marrakech next time, we will book another course here. Best choice in Marrakech. Emina and Martin
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • luxfamilytravel
    Virginia Water, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely superb
    What an amazing experience we had on the half day cooking workshop. Wafa was a complete delight, knowledgeable, interesting, kind and engaging. My husband has never cooked and even he was encouraged to prepare a superb tagine, and two side dishes, they even tweaked the menu because my husband and daughter do not eat tomatoes. We were lucky enough to be the only people on the workshop and so it felt like cooking at a friend's house. It is incredibly professional, a superb set up where you can see everything that Wafa and her superb chef Habida (I am so sorry if I got her name wrong) were doing, their kindness and obvious love of what they do was amazing. If you are in Marrakech this is a must do experience, you will not be disappointed.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • alisasha
    London, United Kingdom305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An afternoon of learning, fun, introspection and warmth.
    What a great idea it was to pick the cooking class at La Masion Arabe to spend an afternoon on our trip to Marrakech. After reading about quite a few options, I finally selected La Maison. I made a phone call to them prior to our travel and at that point I decided that I had made the right choice. Hakim on the phone explained the details so well and soon I got an email confirmation by Mostafa. We selected the afternoon class as we wanted to stay indoors to avoid the heat. It was an airconditioned envoirnment which was a blessing. Whilst we were welcomed and led to the beautiful courtyard lounge, offered tea and drinks, we saw a group of four from the morning session enjoying a meal they had made. Soon Wafa, our lovely expert tutor met us and from there onwards, it was an afternoon of our shared love for food, culture, history and so much more. Wafa is so knowledgable, kind and has a way of explaining things that is amazing. We chatted about history, culture, food habits, ethical and traditional practices and so much more. Being Indo-Persian, I throughly enjoyed her session on spices and my mum loved the tea ceremony. As someone who hardly drink green tea, she was pleasantly surprised by the flavoursome green tea that was served by Saeed? Sorry if I got the name wrong. Next was a trip to the first floor cooking class - a beautiful professional kitchen with Moroccan interior design accents. There were screens/monitors placed at every workstation. The entire place was very clean and hygiene seemed clearly a priority. We were greeted by Sana and Eman?? who along with Wafa took us through a culinary journey that we will remember for a long time. The methods employed were simple, easy to follow and the atmosphere warm, friendly yet very professional.  Since mum and I were the only two participants that afternoon, it felt like a private lesson (although they have that facility too in a smaller kitchen next doors). We were shown how Moroccan bread is made. Since we were only two, we were lucky and had a chance to knead the dough and help make the dessert which in generally a demo. We then worked at your own workstation alongside the tutors to prepare a delicious Moroccan meal including salads and, main course which was a chicken tagine. The afternoon ended by us enjoying the meal we prepared and recieving certificates. I am so tempted to take their other class, which is on Moroccan Jewish cuisine on my next trip to Marrakech. From the begining to the end, Wafa and the team made sure that the experience was fun, exciting and yet helps us learn quite a bit on Moroccan cooking. And in my opinion they succeeded. Bravo!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Sverre L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience post earthquake
    My mom and I took a private class with culinary and cultural guide, Wafa, as well as Chef Habiba, one week after the earthquake. Don’t let the earthquake scare you away from this amazing experience! The damage in Marrakech is minimal, and we saw no evidence of the earthquake in or around the building that we took the class in, which is an architectural masterpiece. We learned a lot about Moroccan culture from our charming teacher, Wafa. The recipes we cooked utilized easy-to-find ingredients, so we’ll actually be able to make this amazing meal at home! I recommend doing the class towards the beginning of your stay because you learn so much about the culture, history, and food.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Rowland D
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend this class
    We wanted a short cooking class, and this one hour class was just right. Cooked a chicken tagine dish and then ate it for lunch. Excellent facility and staff. We were here a few days after the earthquake, and there were no problems at all. They really need the tourists to return!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Marisa C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommending La maison Arabe Marrakech
    The classed commenced with Wafa introducing to us a summary of food and spices used in Morocco. She was very knowledgeable and informative. This was followed by a traditional serving of Mint tea. We then progressed to cook up a storm , 4 dishes both savoury and sweet, under the guidance of chef Fatima. There was also demonstration of bread making, The afternoon was most enjoyable. Best of all we got to savour the food we made. My husband who has little experience cooking enjoyed it so much that he purchased their recepie book. To finish off we were issued a Certificate of Excellence and a Tajine pot each. This has been a most memorable experience one that we will treasure when thinking of Marrakech.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Alice P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an incredible experience!!!!
    We booked this very last minute on our drive from the coast and having seen it in Lonely Planet. Wafa, Abdullah and our gorgeous chef made us so welcome. Ended up being just us and the chef and Wafa and in 2 hours we had cooked, chatted, learned, been served our own meals with local wine in their restaurant and had the most gorgeous time after a stressful drive into Marrakech. This was £25 each - I cannot recommend it enough. Honestly stunning in everyway. (Couple in their early 30s)
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Cheryl R
    Livermore, California28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a good time and good food at La Maison Araba Cooking Workshop
    Mohammed, our host, started off by giving us a lecture about Moroccan cuisine. He described common dishes and their corresponding spices. Tagines are very common as is couscous, traditionally eaten on Fridays. Habiba was our primary instructor, ably assisted by Naïma. Habiba first made bread, encouraging us to help her knead the dough. While it baked, she mixed together a milk pudding that Mohammed stirred constantly until it thickened which was our dessert. Habiba demonstrated the preparation for each dish while Mohammed described the ingredients and amounts used. The dishes were simple and did not require any specialized techniques, but were flavorful. We made a chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives, a salad with roasted eggplant, onion and garlic, as well as a salad of fresh tomato and roasted sweet pepper. Everything we made turned out well and was delicious. I recommend this class to those who like to cook as well as eat. BTW, one of our party doesn’t like to cook and was not pressured to do so. Everyone was very kind.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Maggie A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing… thoroughly recommend
    Excellent. Highly recommend. Ahmed and his staff couldn’t have been more hospitable snd friendly. Went with husband and two teenage sons and they loved it too. Gorgeous rooftop to eat food afterwards as a real suprise. Loved it. Will definitely go back.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Joss Harrow
    Woking, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb cookery experience - book it!
    Highly recommend the cookery workshop (3hrs) : not only is it great fun but it's not just about the food - you also learn about morrocan culture and traditions. The workshop is really well organised - the kitchens are very well equipped and being taught tips by a Dada was wonderful. We learnt how to make Moroccan bread, 2 salads and a tajine and had a demonstration of how to make Milk Pastilla. The food was absolutely delicious (even though I'd cooked it!!) and it was a great way to spend half a day. The instructors are just superb and really friendly. Great value for money. Book it - you won't be disappointed!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 10, 2023
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Bontaks Travels
Sydney, Australia639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The cooking class at La Maison Arabe took our Moroccan culinary journey to a whole new level, and is open to both hotel guests and external visitors. This was such a wonderful experience all round, in terms of the fun had and the knowledge gained. Hasna ran the class, and Fatiha was the chef doing all of the demonstrations. The class began with us all being shown how to make Moroccan mint tea, followed by learning about the spices and cooking implements. We then headed upstairs to the kitchen, which was the most professionally equipped ‘classroom’ for cooking lessons we had experienced on our travels. There were even closed circuit televisions mounted above our benches to closely watch what the chef was doing at her station, while we attempted to follow her lead. We were given a special assistant because we are vegetarians and the assembling of our tagine dish was quite different to the others. But we were very happy to have eaten the restaurant versions of our dish the day before, so we knew how it was supposed to be done!

At the end of the lesson, the class sat down together to eat what we had prepared. My husband and I shared the dish I had cooked, and left his to be donated to charity, which is very common here – people cook extra meals and give them to the mosques for those in need. Hasna was surprised and happy we chose to do that. Going halves in one of the full meals we prepared was plenty for us. When leaving, each pupil was presented with the gift of a small tagine for us to attempt these culinary delights at home, all we needed was a visit to the souk for fresh spices.

BONTAKS TRAVELS
Written January 14, 2020
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portilda2807
Salt Lake City, UT9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Started with warm welcoming greetings, then the tour of beautiful Moroccan interior/exterior arts. Loved them all!
Our 1hr class turned out to be a private class - my husband got a full attention! Who could guess that he could make edible Chicken Tajine all by himself! With Dada's teaching and Yomna's translation, not only edible, my husband made a beautiful and delicious Chicken tajine!!! Within our 1 hr class we've learned: Chicken tajine, Moroccan tea and preserved lemon. Then we had our Chicken tajine at terrace with restaurant style. It was the best lunch and made our day!
Written January 18, 2020
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Hil24
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
La maison Arabe cooking class was such a great treat. We actually went with my adult children and significant other. Our ‘Dada’ was fabulous as was our host. She had a great sense of humor. All directions were laid out perfectly. The restaurant is immaculate. After cooking our delicious meal, we were brought upstairs to the roof where a beautiful table was set and we were served our meal. We were also given a gift at the end. HIGHLY Recommend!!
Written January 17, 2020
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Sverre L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My mom and I took a private class with culinary and cultural guide, Wafa, as well as Chef Habiba, one week after the earthquake. Don’t let the earthquake scare you away from this amazing experience! The damage in Marrakech is minimal, and we saw no evidence of the earthquake in or around the building that we took the class in, which is an architectural masterpiece. We learned a lot about Moroccan culture from our charming teacher, Wafa. The recipes we cooked utilized easy-to-find ingredients, so we’ll actually be able to make this amazing meal at home! I recommend doing the class towards the beginning of your stay because you learn so much about the culture, history, and food.
Written September 15, 2023
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kated219462
New York City, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This was my second time at La Maison Arabe for a cooking class, and this time I really wanted to leave a review because Mohammed was exceptional. The whole class was great, but he went above and beyond to explain Moroccan cuisine, share stories and recipes, and make himself a resource for us. Highly recommend!
Written July 3, 2022
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VonettaRR
143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Our experience began downstairs in a very comfortable and beautifully decorated lounge for an introduction to spices and a quick tutorial on making Moroccan green mint tea. Hasna was our lead guide/translator and our Dada (we learned that it’s what a female Moroccan chef is called) was Fatiha. Both worm were the warmest instructors ever. My husband and I were hoping that our 12-year old could participate, but he was too young to have his own station. Instead, he was our sous chef, got his own apron, was called upon for demonstrations, and made to feel like a true member of the team. We are grateful for their show of kindness! There were two other groups along with us and one didn’t eat dairy or chicken. With barely a blink of an eye, Hasna and Fatiha adjusted their menu and they ended up having just as an engaging time with their vegetarian dishes.

Once our spice and tea tutorials were finished we were taken upstairs to a professional kitchen with the most amazing cooking stations with screens that projected the demonstration kitchen at each station. Each station was prepped and we began.

We loved every minute of it. There was such a warm, supportive vibe as we cooked together. We made Chicken Tangine/Vegetable Tangine and two sides. We were so proud of our delicious meals!! We ate together in a dining room and we each received a small Tangine as a gift! Incredible from start to finish.
Written July 20, 2022
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dghAtlanta
Dunwoody, GA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We were traveling with a group of 17 but only four of us participated in this cooking class as our personal choice for an afternoon activity. We were in need of a change of pace after many days of walking and bus touring. Wafa greeted us promptly, let us know what to expect and guided us proudly to her immaculate workshop which was large enough for at least 30 more in this particular workshop area . We met her support team and began preparing our own individual lemon chicken trajine recipe in our own individual area. We were given detailed instructions and were able to see our instructor face to face and on the screen directly in front of us. After listening to and watching our green tea with saffron be prepared, our chicken was done. We then moved to the dining area and enjoyed our individual creations. Kudos to our personable instructors. Don’t miss this opportunity for a hands on authentic experience with women who want to share their heritage and love of Moroccan cooking.
Written November 22, 2022
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DocAnt
East Grinstead, UK170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I like to cook a bit but usually just follow the recipe! Wafa and Fatiha and the fabulous staff at La Maison Arabe cookery school guide you through a 3 hour (other classes are available) tour of Moroccan tea, spices and breads before the practical immersion in traditional Moroccan cooking. We did a chicken Tajine and 2 vegetable dishes as well as a delightful milk dessert. Now I am feeling more adventurous and will return to the kitchen inspired to create more wonderful spicy Moroccan style dishes.

BUT this was not just a culinary delight - the unexpected elements were the love and affection Wafa inspired us with through food and Fatiha’s entertainment including a wonderful rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I want to be loved by somebody’. Best £50 I have invested in a long time.

Ladies you rock.
Written February 8, 2023
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Asolare95
High Point, NC137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
What an amazing experience! We booked this with a group that we are in Morocco with and were so pleased. Mohamed introduced the experience, telling us about traditional dishes and spices. We were served a delicious mint tea, while being schooled on the proper way to make and present it. We were then lead upstairs to the classroom and each of us had hands-on experience in preparing a whole meal. Under Fatiha's watchful eye (and her team of lovely ladies), we prepared chicken tangine and assorted salads. Fatiha was funny, engaging, educational and has a great voice! She even serenaded us at times with song! What fun! Even my husband enjoyed the experience. Once classtime was completed, we then sat down with our group to enjoy the fruits of our labors with delicious Moroccan wine. We would totally recommend this lovely cooking workshop to anyone that wants to learn about Moroccan cooking! And we even took home our own individual Tangine pots with recipes to recreate this magic upon our return home!
Written May 7, 2024
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Dreamy_Angel_Travels
Melbourne, Australia132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A friend and I recently did the afternoon 3hr class and had a fantastic time. We were the only people so it ended up being private. We started with an introduction to the herbs & spices used in Moroccan cuisine and a tea ceremony. Then we went to the kitchen which is extremely well setup. The Dada demonstrated how to make the bread & milk cream for dessert, then we made 2 salads and a chicken tagine. After we went down to the dining area and got to eat the food we made. It was really lovely! Highly recommend it.
Written August 22, 2021
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