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Host: Geraldine

Accra, Ghana

USD
$60-$94 per person

Authentic Ghanaian cooking class in Accra

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Geraldine

As the first daughter living with her grandmother and 10 young cousins, Geraldine was always the one who helped her grandmother cook. She grew up cooking and learned many of her family recipes from her grandmother and has not stopped cooking since. Geraldine feels most happy and content when she is making people happy with her food. She not only loves cooking but also teaching others how to cook and sharing her knowledge about the origins of food and how they came about. Geraldine also loves a house full of people, she gets reminded of the fun times she had cooking and feeding her cousins along with her grandmother! She is excited to share her passion and warmth with travelers visiting her country!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-12 guests) Geraldine lives in a well-lit, simple apartment in Amrahia, the suburbs of Accra. She is an expert on making many types of Ghanaian dishes. She cooks most of the local dishes in the traditional way, just like how her grandmother taught her! She also learned to cook international meals by watching cooking shows on cable TV. Ghanaian's enjoy a rather simple, but flavorful cuisine. The majority of meals consist of thick, well-seasoned stews, usually accompanied by staple foods such as rice or boiled yams. Also, oils like palm-nut are used to cook the meal. A few traditional dishes that you can expect to be served at Geraldine’s home are groundnut or palm-nut soup or yam and spinach stew or jollof rice (rice cooked in gravy), kelewele (fried plantains seasoned with spices and nuts) and peanut brittle.

Cooking experience: (1-12 guests) Geraldine’s cooking class lasts for about 1 hour. She will take you through each step in the cooking process and you will help her prepare two dishes from scratch. You will learn to make the main dish and appetizer. While you cook together, Geraldine will share the origins of dishes and the culture that surrounds them.

Market visit: (1-12 guests) Visit Nima market with your host Geraldine. This is not a large, typical market but a very local one where vendors are selling their produce along the street. You will get to see a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices and condiments used in Ghanaian meals. It can be chaotic especially on market days, but its a great place to see local activity and interact with vendors. You will buy ingredients from the market before returning to Geraldine's home for your cooking experience.

Notes: Geraldine can offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals on request.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Main: Groundnut soup or Palm-nut soup with fufu or rice balls or Yam and spinach stew or Jollof rice (rice cooked in gravy) with protein of your choice or Waakye (rice and beans with gravy and black pepper sauce) or Banku and okra or Banku with grilled fish
  • Appetizer: Kelewele (fried plantains seasoned with spices) or Fried yams or Sweet potatoes fries with black pepper
  • Dessert: Peanut brittle or Peanut butter and spice balls (Adakoa)
  • Drink: Hibiscus drink (sobolo) or Millet drink
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Geraldine was a lovely host and even after living in Ghana for over two years, I learned so much about the food. Geraldine’s warmth and passion for Ghana radiates in her home as well as her food. After you escape the traffic of the touristy city center, you will realize it was worth the trek as you join Geraldine for an afternoon of traditional Ghanaian recipes. This food journey will show you the real Ghana, and it is sure to make your taste buds happy. Geraldine will make you feel like family and the meal you cook together could feed you for days. Be warned, the leftovers are so good you won’t want to share! The groundnut soup is my favourite dish in Ghana and Geraldine’s ground soup was truly the best I have ever had. There was something so special about having her show us each step and filling us with history and stories along the way.

Veronica, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

4.67 (3)
It was a great experience with Geraldine. We first went to the market with her and were able to pick the menu we wanted to cook. The market visit with a local was a very special experience. At Geraldines home we cooked Peanut Soup with Rice Balls and Palaver Sauce with Yam. Geraldine is an amazing cook and it was so much fun to spend time with her in the kitchen. After cooking we enjoyed an amazing meal and had very insightful discussions about the culture in Ghana. We would definitely recommend you the experience - one of the highlights on our 2.5 weeks trip through Ghana.
- annikm January 12, 2024
Geraldine was a lovely and pleasant host. Very patient. The dish came out delicious and she even made a Ghanaian salad to go along with it. Highly recommend her for a cooking class,
- Venenci May 12, 2023
Geraldine was super friendly and was able to tell us stories about each of the meals we prepared together. She was punctual and came to pick us up at a convenient location. The market tour was also very interesting. Response pending
- William P January 08, 2021
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Geraldine

$60-$94 USD

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$78 $68 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $78 $72
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $90 $86
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$78 $68 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $78 $72
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $90 $86
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-12:00pm 6:00pm-6:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-11:00am

Meet Geraldine

As the first daughter living with her grandmother and 10 young cousins, Geraldine was always the one who helped her grandmother cook. She grew up cooking and learned many of her family recipes from her grandmother and has not stopped cooking since. Geraldine feels most happy and content when she is making people happy with her food. She not only loves cooking but also teaching others how to cook and sharing her knowledge about the origins of food and how they came about. Geraldine also loves a house full of people, she gets reminded of the fun times she had cooking and feeding her cousins along with her grandmother! She is excited to share her passion and warmth with travelers visiting her country!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-12 guests) Geraldine lives in a well-lit, simple apartment in Amrahia, the suburbs of Accra. She is an expert on making many types of Ghanaian dishes. She cooks most of the local dishes in the traditional way, just like how her grandmother taught her! She also learned to cook international meals by watching cooking shows on cable TV. Ghanaian's enjoy a rather simple, but flavorful cuisine. The majority of meals consist of thick, well-seasoned stews, usually accompanied by staple foods such as rice or boiled yams. Also, oils like palm-nut are used to cook the meal. A few traditional dishes that you can expect to be served at Geraldine’s home are groundnut or palm-nut soup or yam and spinach stew or jollof rice (rice cooked in gravy), kelewele (fried plantains seasoned with spices and nuts) and peanut brittle.

Cooking experience: (1-12 guests) Geraldine’s cooking class lasts for about 1 hour. She will take you through each step in the cooking process and you will help her prepare two dishes from scratch. You will learn to make the main dish and appetizer. While you cook together, Geraldine will share the origins of dishes and the culture that surrounds them.

Market visit: (1-12 guests) Visit Nima market with your host Geraldine. This is not a large, typical market but a very local one where vendors are selling their produce along the street. You will get to see a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices and condiments used in Ghanaian meals. It can be chaotic especially on market days, but its a great place to see local activity and interact with vendors. You will buy ingredients from the market before returning to Geraldine's home for your cooking experience.

Notes: Geraldine can offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals on request.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Main: Groundnut soup or Palm-nut soup with fufu or rice balls or Yam and spinach stew or Jollof rice (rice cooked in gravy) with protein of your choice or Waakye (rice and beans with gravy and black pepper sauce) or Banku and okra or Banku with grilled fish
  • Appetizer: Kelewele (fried plantains seasoned with spices) or Fried yams or Sweet potatoes fries with black pepper
  • Dessert: Peanut brittle or Peanut butter and spice balls (Adakoa)
  • Drink: Hibiscus drink (sobolo) or Millet drink
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Geraldine was a lovely host and even after living in Ghana for over two years, I learned so much about the food. Geraldine’s warmth and passion for Ghana radiates in her home as well as her food. After you escape the traffic of the touristy city center, you will realize it was worth the trek as you join Geraldine for an afternoon of traditional Ghanaian recipes. This food journey will show you the real Ghana, and it is sure to make your taste buds happy. Geraldine will make you feel like family and the meal you cook together could feed you for days. Be warned, the leftovers are so good you won’t want to share! The groundnut soup is my favourite dish in Ghana and Geraldine’s ground soup was truly the best I have ever had. There was something so special about having her show us each step and filling us with history and stories along the way.

Veronica, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

4.67 (3)
It was a great experience with Geraldine. We first went to the market with her and were able to pick the menu we wanted to cook. The market visit with a local was a very special experience. At Geraldines home we cooked Peanut Soup with Rice Balls and Palaver Sauce with Yam. Geraldine is an amazing cook and it was so much fun to spend time with her in the kitchen. After cooking we enjoyed an amazing meal and had very insightful discussions about the culture in Ghana. We would definitely recommend you the experience - one of the highlights on our 2.5 weeks trip through Ghana.
- annikm January 12, 2024
Geraldine was a lovely and pleasant host. Very patient. The dish came out delicious and she even made a Ghanaian salad to go along with it. Highly recommend her for a cooking class,
- Venenci May 12, 2023
Geraldine was super friendly and was able to tell us stories about each of the meals we prepared together. She was punctual and came to pick us up at a convenient location. The market tour was also very interesting. Response pending
- William P January 08, 2021
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$78 $68 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $78 $72
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $90 $86
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$78 $68 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $78 $72
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $90 $86
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-12:00pm 6:00pm-6:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-11:00am
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