Cooking with the experts
Not sure what to do with the exotic vegetables on show at the market? Want to know the secret of a good escalivada? Tie your apron on and take a journey through the world of Mediterranean gastronomy with a hands-on cooking workshop. Professional chefs will teach you how to prepare authentic Spanish and Catalan dishes fit to impress your local friends, and many schools also run trips to the market to show you how to choose the best ingredients. So, put the pasta away and turn your kitchen table into the cornerstone of your home. All the classes listed below are offered in English.
The Vip Cook Workshop begins with a stroll through the Boqueria to buy fresh ingredients, followed by the workshop where experienced chefs will teach you all you need to know about traditional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. The classes end with a tasting menu of up to 14 dishes such as Andalusian fish, traditional croquettes and manchego cheese. This is accompanied by fine wines and all served by waiters in the school’s gorgeous private lounge. The price is €78 per person but there are several other workshops available from €33.
Pl. Reial 3 1º.
Barcelona Cooking offers morning and afternoon cooking classes (daily) in their kitchens right on Las Ramblas. The morning class includes a trip to the Boqueria market with the chef where you will help choose the local produce to use in the class. During the class you will get involved in cooking some of the traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes such as Paella de Marisco and Crema Catalana as well as making dishes that experiment with local and seasonal produce. And of course at the end of the class you will be able to enjoy your culinary creations, accompanied by Barcelona Cooking’s own fine wines. Catering for all levels of cooking ability, Barcelona Cooking’s chefs pride themselves on being the most knowledgeable, friendly and inclusive. Barcelona Cooking also offers tapas classes, market tours and tapas tours as well as organising private events and is the most recommended cooking school in Barcelona on Tripadvisor.
The class costs €65 per person. After the workshop you get to tuck into your culinary creations, accompanied by some good Spanish wine. The more in-depth four-hour class includes a visit to the Boqueria and costs €78 per person.
In April 2014, Barcelona Cooking will be teaming up with Nicola Poltronieri from Canal Cocina to offer some showcooking classes. The first will be on April 12th from 11am - 2pm and costs €55. More future dates to be confirmed.
La Rambla 58 ppal 2.
These half-day workshops are highly participative. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, Cook&Taste’s chefs will teach you how to cook Spanish dishes like paella, gazpacho, and tapas that have travelled the world. Then, you get to sit back and feast on some traditional fare while they unveil the secrets of Spanish cuisine. The workshop costs €65 per person. Sign up for the famous Boqueria tour (€13 per person) and their chefs will give you plenty of tips on picking local, seasonal products before the workshop.
This fun and friendly workshop is held in a professional kitchen in the Born district. The chef will take you to the local food market and on the way will fill you in on the neighbourhood, gastronomy, history and culture. Their lunch workshop consists of old favourites like gazpacho, paella and crema catalana, which you can then enjoy with a glass or two of Spanish Rioja wine. The price is €65 per person. Several other classes are available in Spanish offering different menus, including gourmet hamburgers, Thai food and sushi.
Carrer de la Fusina 15.