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Madrid is a food-lover’s dream; full of old taverns, traditional tapas bars and innovative eateries, it’s the ideal place to discover gastronomy from around Spain. But if you’re interested in delving deeper than just eating the food and want to learn how many of Spain’s most famous dishes are prepared, a cooking class could be right up your street. Here are some of the best in Madrid.
This cooking school, located in central Madrid, is great whether you are an individual traveller or a group of family and friends. The paella cooking class is an excellent way to learn all about Spain’s most famous dish and includes a trip to a local market to pick up ingredients, as well as a starter of gazpacho and making your very own sangria. The class is four hours long and is taught completely in English. It is €70 ($78) per adult and €35 ($39) per child.
Alternatively, you could choose the tapas class – a great insight into the Spanish classic. You will learn how to make five traditional tapas (including tortilla de patatas, chorizo a la sidra (chorizo in cider) and gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) and one dessert. The class is four hours long and costs €70 ($78) per adult and €35 ($39) per child.
Cooking point can customise classes as private events for large groups, hen and stag parties or corporate events.
For a personal cooking experience, Paella Classes Madrid offers classes on making Spain’s traditional dish in the home of Noe and Lisa. The couple will teach you step by step how to prepare a delicious seafood paella and you will get involved chopping, frying and – best of all – eating the finished product. Enjoy some home made sangria and a range of Spanish wines alongside the paella. The cost is €50 ($56) per person and, with a maximum of 10 people per session, the class has a personal feel akin to being at a friend’s house for lunch.
Soy Chef (I’m a Chef) cooking school offers a range of cookery classes in both English and Spanish. Good introductions for visitors include the Mediterranean Cooking Class (€70, $78)) in which participants learn how to make tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette), paella and sangria and the Spanish Tapas Cooking Class (€70, $78)), in which you learn the secrets of making some of Spain’s classic tapas dishes. If you speak or are learning Spanish, you could opt for one of the Spanish-language classes, which include gin and tonic and sushi workshops, as well as longer term cookery classes.
A Punto is a bookshop that specialises in cookbooks, as well as a culinary school, located right in the heart of Madrid. It offers a 10 tapas class, in which you learn how Madrid absorbed food traditions from around Spain and how to make 10 different tapas from around the country. It also offers a market tour, paella and tapas class (€65, $73), which includes a tour of San Antón market, a beautifully restored local market, then a paella and tapas cooking class. Check its website for upcoming classes.
A Taste of Spain, which offers gastronomic experiences throughout the country, offers a cooking class for private groups in Madrid. Run by chef Gabriela Llamas, the class features authentic Spanish home cooking based on seasonal ingredients. This is a good option for family groups who are looking for a private class that is informative, laid-back and a lot of fun. You will cook and eat a three course lunch, accompanied by Spanish wines. The class is €160 ($179) per person for a group of six.