Learning to Cook While Traveling in Morocco

If you have never tried Moroccan food, then you are missing out.

Moroccan food is full of flavor and spices and makes you want to eat until you can’t possibly eat anything else. From the first course of bread and salads to the main dish of delicious tagine to the fresh fruit and Moroccan cookies for dessert, a Moroccan meal is always a treat.

There are many recipes for Moroccan food online, but the best way to learn to cook Moroccan food is by being taught by a local expert.

Do you want to learn to cook Moroccan style?

  • Experience Morocco’s food firsthand
  • Learn from Moroccan chefs
  • Discover the secret spices
  • Taste the flavors of Fes & Marrakech
  • Stay in lovely riads
  • The popularity of cooking classes is high in this area of the world, with a number of different courses ready to open and awaken your senses. While some cooking classes are larger in size, there are also plenty of opportunities for one-on-one sessions, if you know where to look. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced chef, we can help you find just the right cooking class on your trip to Morocco.

    “Thank you also for arranging the cooking class. The instruction was excellent and they followed up by emailing recipes. Thank you, again!” – Doug & Ann

    Café Clock in Fes

    At Café Clock in Fes, students spend a day learning to prepare authentic Moroccan food, from planning the menu to the final preparations of the food. Café Clock and Chef Souad are well regarded so this is one of the most popular activities to add to a tour in Fes. Make your plans early if you hope to gain a spot.

    Your cooking adventure starts in the morning as you plan your own personal menu. Take your list to the market place, where you will select the best vegetables and ingredients. Take a mental note of the foods you select and think about how you could make this in your home country! The local expert will guide you through the preparation of the meal. By mid-afternoon, you have will have learned some of the time-honored Moroccan cooking techniques. Now for the best part: sitting back and enjoying your 3-course feast.

    We highly recommend this course, as you are able to experience all the steps that it takes to make a fantastic Moroccan meal.

    “Food is important to us when travelling and we can highly recommend a cooking class at Cafe Clock in the Fes Medina.” – Keryn

    “Loved the cooking school in Fes and the trip to the medina market to buy the ingredients beforehand.” -Donald

    La Maison Arabe

    You do not need to be a hotel guest to enroll in one of the famous cooking workshops at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech. The half-day long courses are taught by a dada, which is a traditional Moroccan chef. A translator for both English and French is also on hand to help lead you on an excursion to a nearby spice market.

    All participants in the La Maison Arabe cooking workshop have their own workstation, where they learn alongside the dada. You will be able to dine on your incredible meal at the end. Usually in a half day class, you will learn how to either make an appetizer and a main meal or a dessert and a main meal. The workshop also includes a visit to the communal bread oven. Small, large or private cooking classes are all available.

    “Our tagine cooking class and trip to the spice market was wonderful…” Peg 2016

    Maison Mk

    Tucked inside a luxury Marrakech hotel, Maison Mk offers two separate and private opportunities for those hoping to learn to cook authentic Moroccan meals. The first course is a half-day course, featuring a walk through the Mellah market where you learn all about local ingredients and how to use them in your cooking. Here you will buy all the meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables you need to construct your meal. You will learn to prepare tagine, mint tea and authentic Moroccan salads. This is very helpful so you can understand the Moroccan culture of cuisine.

    The other course taught at Maison Mk is also a half-day long, but includes only cooking, with selections already made by the chef. You learn to make bread the traditional way in a communal, wood-fired oven. You may find it difficult to get a spot, though, as non-hotel guests are only admitted to a small number of cooking courses.

    “After taking the cooking class (which was such fun!) in Marrakech, we plan to try some tagine dishes with our family.” – Mark and Linda

    Restaurant Riad Monceau

    Learn a few secrets about preparing authentic dishes, as you enter the elegant cooking class at Restaurant Riad Monceau in Marrakesh. The restaurant offers both morning and afternoon sessions. The half-day workshops teach visitors how to prepare either a starter course and a main course, or a main course and dessert. At the end of the preparations, you will have time to taste and analyze your original creations.

    Have you tried one of the Moroccan pastries? If you have and have wondered how they are made, be ready to learn the secrets here. If you do plan to sign up for a class, be sure to book way ahead of time. Classes fill quickly.

    “And the cooking class I did in Marrakech was the best. I had so much fun and have made the chicken tagine I learnt that day several times since returning home…” -Trish

    Hakima’s Moroccan Cooking School

    If you not only want to learn to cook Moroccan food, but also give back to the community itself, there is Hakima’s Moroccan Cooking School in Marrakech. This non-profit group takes the proceeds from the cooking workshop, and uses it to fund job training and literacy for Moroccan women and girls.

    The school features single day or even weeklong classes. Here you visit the local market, explore the kitchens and prepare an incredible meal. Classes are small and personal at this school, capped at just four to six students. Instructors speak English and French. Along with the use of local ingredients, technique and presentation are two commanding skills taught at the school.

    “The cooking class in Meknes was awesome!!” -Demmi and Sherri

    Frequently Asked Questions about cooking classes:

    What does it cost?
    The pricing of these classes vary from $40 – $80 per person. Included in this pricing is the instruction, supplies, and ambiance. You will then enjoy eating your creations!

    How can I arrange a cooking class?
    For those of you who want to arrange the class on your own, you can contact any of the cooking classes directly, however, if you would like us to make the arrangements and prepay on your behalf, please ask your sales representative for help.

    Just ask our Moroccan experts

    Whether you choose a personal cooking session with individualized attention, or a large group setting at a five-star hotel, there is much to learn about cooking in Morocco. Contact our team today for more information on cooking classes or cooking tours in Morocco.