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Host: Edwina

Marrakech, Morocco

USD
$80-$150 per person

Moroccan fusion food served in a 500-year-old riad

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Edwina

Chef Edwina left her native Australia for Spain in 2000 and began cooking Moroccan dishes soon after, having being invited to a Moroccan wedding and returning home with tagines and spices. She became so passionate about the flavors of Moroccan cuisine that in 2002 she relocated to Marrakech and bought a traditional riad surrounding an open-air courtyard. Over the next four years she completed a renovation of the riad, turning her home into a culinary destination.

Edwina started her cooking school in celebration of her son, the acclaimed Melbourne chef Ed Golombek, who passed away after battling cancer. Edwina cooks together with her dada Hasna to teach traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as Moroccan-fusion dishes.

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: (2-10 guests) Edwina lives in a beautiful riad (a traditional Moroccan-style home built around an open courtyard) in the Medina (walled city). Her home is beautifully restored and Edwina offers a variety of cooking classes, tasting menus and full culinary holidays.

For dinner, you can expect a seasonal tasting menu inspired by the morning’s market. In the warmer months, dinner is served on the terrace top, and during the cooler months it is served around the downstairs courtyard fire. Your menu might include dishes like beetroot and orange soup, lemon chicken tagine, slow seared calamari, tanjia of beef cooked in hammam coals, honey and salted aubergines, tempura zucchini, butterflied sardines, twice rolled couscous, or spiced, oven-roasted vegetables. Your meal will end with Edwina's signature dish of almond-filled, rosewater meringues served over a chocolate ganache.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Edwina's class is fully hands-on. Before your experience, you will work with Edwina to select the menu, which will include eight dishes based on your dietary preferences; once with Edwina, you will learn to select the best produce and then together begin the preparation of the dishes. You will begin with learning the Moroccan art of tea making and then begin preparation for your eight chosen dishes. Menu choices are seasonal, though several offerings including the lemon chicken tagine, tomato jam & berber omelette, twice-rolled couscous, butterflied sardines over a marmalade bed, tempura zucchini, caramelized peppers, blistered aubergines, cucumber sorbet and of course the pastry selection, are available year-round. The seasonal offerings will depend on availability at the market and might include a variety of fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, artichokes, pomegranates, fresh figs and so on. It will be an enjoyable experience of chopping, slicing, juicing, stirring and the making chermoulas (salsas) for your chosen dishes. Your meal will be served in the central courtyard, where the dining table is set under the canopy, amid lush bougainvilleas.

Spices used in all the prepared dishes, are for sale in the riad, after the class. Should guests wish to purchase saffron, Edwina is happy to take you to the spice trader, a 5-minute walk away.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) After a warm welcome by Edwina, you will start by discussing your menu over coffee, followed by compiling your shopping list in English (and then Arabic!) of the ingredients for your eight chosen dishes. Then walk together a few minutes to the souk (local market), where you will shop in your new language. Here you will be surrounded by local, seasonal produce, and you will choose all the ingredients on your shopping list for your class. Return together to the riad where you will begin preparing your feast!

Notes: This experience is not suitable for children below the age of 12. Cooking classes are unavailable on Fridays (meals, however, are available 7 days a week). Since the riad is also used for cooking vacations with stay, you might see other guests while you are there.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

We had a wonderful time with Edwina last Sunday. The cooking class was more like a friendly get-together. Edwina was a gracious host, and a wonderful tutor. The food was simply amazing! Sahar and I would like to thank Edwina for such a lovely afternoon. We look forward to seeing and working with her again.
- Farid

I love Edwina, which is not easy for me to admit. She's vivacious, witty, and an amazing teacher. The way she interacts with you to translate cooking techniques makes it so easy to learn. There were moments when she had us taste the food and decide what flavor we thought was missing. It was a complete hands-on experience that allowed us to use all of our senses. Everyone who loves food, but is afraid to enter the kitchen, needs to learn with Edwina. Actually, everyone should just cook with Edwina.
- Tillie

I had the chance to enjoy a full experience with Edwina and Hansa - market visit, cooking class and meal. After a warm welcome by Edwina, we started discussing the menu. She was flexible, suggesting the dishes but allowing me to decide or adjust the meal. We then started preparing the market list in English and Arabic so that I could participate in the shopping process. That was a plus. Spending the day with Edwina is also a great opportunity to discover her beautiful riad, a peaceful haven on a quiet side street of the busy Marrakech Medina. I had a great time and learned a lot! I had got up very early that morning and driven a long way, so the riad was the perfect place to relax while spending a wonderful time cooking.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Syrab

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Edwina

$80-$150 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $80 $80
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$36 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $80 $80
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$36 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:30pm-10:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
3:30pm-6:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-3:00pm

Meet Edwina

Chef Edwina left her native Australia for Spain in 2000 and began cooking Moroccan dishes soon after, having being invited to a Moroccan wedding and returning home with tagines and spices. She became so passionate about the flavors of Moroccan cuisine that in 2002 she relocated to Marrakech and bought a traditional riad surrounding an open-air courtyard. Over the next four years she completed a renovation of the riad, turning her home into a culinary destination.

Edwina started her cooking school in celebration of her son, the acclaimed Melbourne chef Ed Golombek, who passed away after battling cancer. Edwina cooks together with her dada Hasna to teach traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as Moroccan-fusion dishes.

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: (2-10 guests) Edwina lives in a beautiful riad (a traditional Moroccan-style home built around an open courtyard) in the Medina (walled city). Her home is beautifully restored and Edwina offers a variety of cooking classes, tasting menus and full culinary holidays.

For dinner, you can expect a seasonal tasting menu inspired by the morning’s market. In the warmer months, dinner is served on the terrace top, and during the cooler months it is served around the downstairs courtyard fire. Your menu might include dishes like beetroot and orange soup, lemon chicken tagine, slow seared calamari, tanjia of beef cooked in hammam coals, honey and salted aubergines, tempura zucchini, butterflied sardines, twice rolled couscous, or spiced, oven-roasted vegetables. Your meal will end with Edwina's signature dish of almond-filled, rosewater meringues served over a chocolate ganache.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Edwina's class is fully hands-on. Before your experience, you will work with Edwina to select the menu, which will include eight dishes based on your dietary preferences; once with Edwina, you will learn to select the best produce and then together begin the preparation of the dishes. You will begin with learning the Moroccan art of tea making and then begin preparation for your eight chosen dishes. Menu choices are seasonal, though several offerings including the lemon chicken tagine, tomato jam & berber omelette, twice-rolled couscous, butterflied sardines over a marmalade bed, tempura zucchini, caramelized peppers, blistered aubergines, cucumber sorbet and of course the pastry selection, are available year-round. The seasonal offerings will depend on availability at the market and might include a variety of fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, artichokes, pomegranates, fresh figs and so on. It will be an enjoyable experience of chopping, slicing, juicing, stirring and the making chermoulas (salsas) for your chosen dishes. Your meal will be served in the central courtyard, where the dining table is set under the canopy, amid lush bougainvilleas.

Spices used in all the prepared dishes, are for sale in the riad, after the class. Should guests wish to purchase saffron, Edwina is happy to take you to the spice trader, a 5-minute walk away.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) After a warm welcome by Edwina, you will start by discussing your menu over coffee, followed by compiling your shopping list in English (and then Arabic!) of the ingredients for your eight chosen dishes. Then walk together a few minutes to the souk (local market), where you will shop in your new language. Here you will be surrounded by local, seasonal produce, and you will choose all the ingredients on your shopping list for your class. Return together to the riad where you will begin preparing your feast!

Notes: This experience is not suitable for children below the age of 12. Cooking classes are unavailable on Fridays (meals, however, are available 7 days a week). Since the riad is also used for cooking vacations with stay, you might see other guests while you are there.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

We had a wonderful time with Edwina last Sunday. The cooking class was more like a friendly get-together. Edwina was a gracious host, and a wonderful tutor. The food was simply amazing! Sahar and I would like to thank Edwina for such a lovely afternoon. We look forward to seeing and working with her again.
- Farid

I love Edwina, which is not easy for me to admit. She's vivacious, witty, and an amazing teacher. The way she interacts with you to translate cooking techniques makes it so easy to learn. There were moments when she had us taste the food and decide what flavor we thought was missing. It was a complete hands-on experience that allowed us to use all of our senses. Everyone who loves food, but is afraid to enter the kitchen, needs to learn with Edwina. Actually, everyone should just cook with Edwina.
- Tillie

I had the chance to enjoy a full experience with Edwina and Hansa - market visit, cooking class and meal. After a warm welcome by Edwina, we started discussing the menu. She was flexible, suggesting the dishes but allowing me to decide or adjust the meal. We then started preparing the market list in English and Arabic so that I could participate in the shopping process. That was a plus. Spending the day with Edwina is also a great opportunity to discover her beautiful riad, a peaceful haven on a quiet side street of the busy Marrakech Medina. I had a great time and learned a lot! I had got up very early that morning and driven a long way, so the riad was the perfect place to relax while spending a wonderful time cooking.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Syrab

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $80 $80
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$36 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $80 $80
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $150 $140
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$36 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:30pm-10:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
3:30pm-6:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-3:00pm
FAQ

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    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

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