Lanzarote Grapevine Issue 2 - Page 118

Issue 2 | The Lanzarote Grapevine 2014 Don’t forget to put Barcelona Cooking on your travel agenda next time you visit Barcelona. Barcelona Cooking is the most recommended recreational cooking school in Barcelona. It offers daily hands on Spanish cooking classes for visitors to the city and is truly a unique memory and experience to take home. The school is located on Barcelona’s most famous street - Las Ramblas - just a stone’s throw from the world famous Boqueria market. A typical class includes a moneycan’t-buy insiders’s guide to shopping in the Boqueria market, three hours of participatory cooking and a four course meal. Typical dishes include Spanish omelette, sea food paella and Catalan cream. Another popular class is the Paella demonstration class, probably Spain’s most well-known dish. The visitors to this class can sit back and enjoy watching how a traditional paella is made. Food tours too! Another offering is an in depth food tour of the Gothic quarter; a thoughtful selection of local “off the beaten path” restaurants that provide guests with traditional Spanish and Catalan tapas. In addition to sampling tapas, if time permits, you can also visit artisan specialty food shops, where you will be acquainted with some of the best products offered in the Gothic Quarter. The professional guides have thorough knowledge of the local history and provide great detail along the walk between destinations. Quality classrooms Barcelona Cooking has two teaching kitchens with views of Las Ramblas. La Roja is a contemporary and sociable space, full of natural light and colour and La Blau has a welcoming Mediterranean feel, designed with modernist Catalan influence and beautiful contemporary wooden furniture. The ceiling height windows let the warm Barcelona light stream in. The Barcelona Cooking chefs are all professionally trained, Cándido, the executive chef trained at Mey Hoffman in Barcelona, before embarking on his own cooking dream. The chefs are proud to source the highest quality ingredients for their classes, many seasonal and locally grown, direct from farmers at the Boqueria market. The team understands sustainable principles, practices and the human impact on the environment. Farm to table is a way of life for the Barcelona Cooking chefs. Fortunately the Catalan region is rich in resources with farmlands, vineyards, olive groves and the sea. Above all, what sets Barcelona Cooking apart are the people running it; the chefs and Barcelona Cooking team all have an incredible energy and genuine passion for teaching people about the food of their land. Barcelona Cooking welcomes visitors from all over the world and most classes are given in English, with Spanish/English bilingual chefs. There are also classes available in Spanish or in Russian. Joining a class Classes start from 35 euros for a paella demonstration class, 65 euros for the Spanish cooking class and 78 euros for the Spanish cooking class with Boqueria market tour. The classes are all designed for both accomplished and novice cooks, there are activities in the food preparation process for every skill level.