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  • Traveler Review from April 10, 2018

    We met a sweet and nice lady. Very easy to find her home. She had planned a nice menu for us, and it turned out delicious. The place was nice and clean. We can give her the best recommendations.
    Inger, hosted by Hind in Marrakech BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 10, 2018

    We had a wonderful time with Mariana and Geraldine. We explored a nearby market in San Angel, sampled some foods while picking up our ingredients, made a wonderful meal that we enjoyed in Mariana and Geraldine's beautiful backyard. Great time with wonderful people.
    Brett, hosted by Mariana and Geraldine in Mexico City BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 9, 2018

    My mom and I spent the night cooking with Suzy in her home. I would call her an incredible host - she really makes you feel welcome and part of the experience right when you walk in the door rather than a visiting stranger...All in all, the most wonderful evening - so nice to have a home cooked meal while traveling...especially with someone who felt like a long time friend!!! Would recommend to anyone :)
    Ginny and Sarah, hosted by Suzy in Ghent BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 9, 2018

    I had the pleasure of cooking with Hind in her lovely apartment in the new city. She is warm, funny and welcoming. We made harissa, zalouk and beef with vegetable couscous. You will not only learn about food but also Moroccan culture. Hind is a gem. I highly recommend this over the touristy restaurant classes!
    Diana, hosted by Hind in Marrakech BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 8, 2018

    We spent a lovely evening with Hind. She is warm, energetic and animated, a great conversationalist, and a great cook as well.
    Charles, hosted by Hind in Marrakech BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 7, 2018

    I read various reviews and ended up booking via Travelling Spoon with Putu and we are so glad we did! It was such a magical and humble half day experience which we won't forget. I have done many cooking classes in various overseas trips over the past few years and this was by far the best. It was the highlight of our trip and Putu's warmth and hospitality was second to none.
    Cassandra, hosted by Putu in Bali BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 6, 2018

    Ida, Erica (Ida's assistant), and Ida's husband were extremely friendly and welcoming. After we got settled in Ida brought us an amazing torched squid appetizer with local spices and fruits/vegetables you can only find in the region. Then we had a sea urchin soup (which Ida had caught earlier that day in the ocean) that was AMAZING. My descriptions make no justice to the awesome food she served...I highly recommend anyone who enjoys trying local foods and loves culinary experiences to visit Ida. Ida is a highly skilled local chef - a real find!!!
    Marina and Mark, hosted by Ida in Arembepe BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 6, 2018

    We really enjoyed being welcomed into Chamsi's home and learning more about culture in Casablanca. She gave us a tour of two markets, both of which she shops at regularly and knows the merchants well. We then cooked a delicious meal in her home that was created specifically for us. The food was fabulous and the company was warm and friendly. I could not recommend the experience more.
    Andy, hosted by Chamsi in Casablanca BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 2, 2018

    Overall, an amazing and fun experience -- we learned a lot about local Lebanese culture, history, geo-politics and of course, the food was the main highlight. Tania and her family are wonderful hosts. We really enjoyed our meal and had a great time. Would highly recommend this experience to our friends and fellow travelers.
    Kartha family, hosted by Tania in Beirut BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 2, 2018

    My kids, 5 and 8, wanted to learn how to do Italian pasta. That was the main thing for them in Venice and Gioia made it a great and fun experience for the whole family!!! The lesson was great and the food was superb! I really do think I can do it at home and I’m leaving Venice with a pasta machine in tow! Totally great experience!!!
    Iris, hosted by Gioia in Venice BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from April 1, 2018

    We chose Pats cookery school to get first hand experience of how Thai people live and eat, as opposed to going to a commercial cookery school, and we weren't disappointed. We started with a trip to the local market where Pat explained different types of fruit, vegetables and fish that were unfamiliar to us. We learned how to achieve authentic Thai flavours and made our own coconut milk and coconut cream from real coconut! Everything was delicious. All in all I would highly recommend Pats cookery school for an authentic and very enjoyable experience. It has been the highlight of our trip to Phuket so far.
    Edel, hosted by Patcharin (Pat) in Phuket BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from March 29, 2018

    My wife and I visited Colombia for the first time and wanted a real authentic cooking experience. Carolina and her husband went above and beyond to provide that truly authentic experience. We went to fresh food markets where local ingredients are sourced for the meal, and were then blown away by how delicious all the dishes turned out. Consider yourself very lucky if you get to spend the afternoon with these amazing people and talented chefs!
    @globetrotmatt, hosted by Carolina in Bogotá BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from March 28, 2018

    Catalina was a joy to spend time with. She was very accommodating and knowledgeable about the food products available in Colombia, as well as the local culture, way beyond food. It was a great afternoon and evening. The small group setting was very conducive to a very positive experience.
    Lelms, hosted by Catalina in Medellín BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from March 26, 2018

    Valentina and Juan were terrific hosts.  We learned about the variety of fruits and vegetables available locally, cooking, beverages, culture and daily life. We considered the time with our hosts a cultural exchange day. What a great time!
    DLSTraveler, hosted by Juan and Valentina in Bogotá BOOK NOW
  • Traveler Review from March 18, 2018

    Maria Jose Caro was INCREDIBLE. My fruit market tour with Maria Jose Caro was one-of-a-kind, and filled me up both body and soul. More than just a chance to taste more than a dozen fruits, she's worked with chefs to determine the best order to taste them in, as well as developing relationships with the sellers in the market to be responsible in how tours interact with them. Incredibly thorough, informative, and just plain fun to dig into fruit all morning. The highlight of my time in Bogota.
    Paul, hosted by Maria Jose in Bogotá BOOK NOW
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    We find the best home cooks around the world so you can immerse yourself in meaningful food experiences and cultural traditions passed down through generations. Visit a grandmother in her kitchen in India and learn how to make crisp dosas or spend time on a farm in Northern Thailand and grind curry pastes.

    Choose from three unique experiences with our hosts, or pick a combination:

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    In-home Meals
    1 ½ - 2 hrs

    Experience the joy of a homemade meal (and eat it the way the locals do) over conversation about food and culture

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    Cooking Experiences
    3 - 4 hrs

    Discover cultural and culinary traditions passed down through generations as you learn to cook with your host in their kitchen

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    Market visits
    1 - 2 hrs

    Explore a nearby market with your host, discovering the best local produce and its producers

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