Learn To Cook Moroccan Cuisine At La Maison Arabe, Marrakech
One of the best boutique hotels in Marrakech has opened its doors for courses in cooking, Moroccan style. La Maison Arab, has a long history with Moroccan food. Established in the 1940’s as a restaurant, and continues to maintain this reputation for serving some of the best traditional Moroccan cuisine in Marrakech.
Now owned by the charming Fabrizio Ruspoli, an Italian aristocrat who has a long family history with Morocco, he has built this deluxe riad into one of the most accredited hotels in the whole of Africa. Sumptuous decor and excellent service it has long been seen as one of the jewels in Marrakech’s hotel repertoire.
Just on the edge of the medina 5 minutes from the Koutoubia Mosque and D’jemaa el Fna square, this hotel has a hidden secret, a short car ride away to the north of the Medina Fabrizio has invested much of his energy into creating a garden oasis for his guests, there they can get away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina and truly unwind in the peace and tranquility of this natural setting, and dip in and out of the private pool.
The cooking school is another fantastic addition to the hotels services, open to anyone as long as you book in advance, small groups, (maximum of 12) are required so that you can gain the most from this half day course, translators are available, and classes are given by a Moroccan “dada” (a traditional Moroccan chef). Moroccan cuisine has many great dishes suitable for vegetarians.
Learning the art of cooking Moroccan food properly is a very complex matter, understanding the methods of Tagine cooking and getting the right balance between the wonderful spice combinations of saffron, cinnamon, ginger and paprika to name but a few, is an art in itself.
And don’t forget after you have finished you can take a trip to the spice markets and buy all the those exotic spices to take home and show your guests that you have mastered the art of Moroccan cuisine.