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Host: Suzy

Ghent, Belgium

USD
$28-$72 per person

Authentic Belgian cooking class in a beautiful home in Ghent

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

Meet Suzy

A creative cook who makes her own sambal with peppers from the garden, Suzy is an incredibly warm, wonderful and delightful host with a lovely sense of humor. Her home (which is the house she was raised in) is a beautiful and peaceful haven filled with beautiful Flemish art inherited from her family and surrounded by gorgeous rambling gardens. Suzy learned to cook through experimentation and from her mother who was a great cook. Suzy's favorite memories of growing up always involve the dinner table, where she remembers enjoying healthy, delicious food and delightful conversations with family. She is now excited to create new memories hosting travelers over food and engaging conversation at her table. Suzy is particular about cooking with high quality ingredients - she gets her meat from a local butcher that personally sources from a local farm. A retired high school teacher, Suzy hosts along with her husband, Bob, who is a genetics professor at the university. In her retirement, Suzy presides over social organizations, travels a lot and is currently taking art lessons at the Academy of Fine Art.

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: (1-6 guests) Begin your culinary adventure with a walk around Suzy's lush garden dotted with fruit trees and several varieties of herbs. Then sit down with Suzy and Bob to a hearty meal, a creative take on Belgian cuisine that will be served either indoors or at any of Suzy's many outdoor dining locations, depending on the time of day and season. You will start with a first course of salad or a seasonal soup like sorrel or pumpkin. For an appetizer, you might try courgettes stuffed with spiced beef or white asparagus a la Flamande - Suzy gets her white asparagus (only available in May and June) from a special farm in Holland. Your main course includes a fish or meat dish that Suzy procures from a butcher that raises his own cattle. You might try stoverij (juicy chunks of beef stewed in beer), vol au vent (chicken and mushrooms in a bechamel sauce), witloof (Belgian endive with cheese and ham) or Suzy's creation roast chicken with fresh garden vegetables and homemade bread. You can expect Suzy's dishes to have a wonderful touch of spices and fresh garden herbs. Your Belgian meal will conclude with Dame Blanche, homemade ice-cream with Belgian hot chocolate sauce or Belgian chocolate mousse in the summer, frisse rabarberglaasjes (sweetened rhubarb from the garden with fresh Belgian cheese) or apple tart in the fall. Coffee/tea is served upon request.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Suzy in her modern kitchen and learn to cook three Belgian dishes that might include a soup or dessert, appetizer and main. You can expect the cooking experience to last two hours before you sit down and share the meal you helped prepare with Suzy and Bob. Please note that some parts of dishes requiring several hours to cook might be prepared in advance to save time during the lesson.

Languages spoken: English, Dutch

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.
  • Hors d'oevres of fresh vegetables with a seasonal dip
  • Seasonal soup or salad
  • Main of stoverij, stuffed squash, vol au vent or witloof
  • Dessert of Dame Blanche or seasonal tart with ice-cream

Traveler reviews

I had booked this cooking experience for my boyfriend as a birthday gift....neither of us are experienced chefs or very brave in the kitchen but we both are interested in fresh ingredients and local cuisines. I live in Brussels and he is Dutch and we love Ghent both as a day trip and for a weekend escape. Suzy and Bob could not have been more welcoming or friendly. They genuinely enjoy hosting people and are very open and sharing of their time. The cooking was fun. Suzy made it very accessible and not at all intimidating. The food was amazing and plentiful. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting to know a local and experience a very authentic home cooked meal. Would definitely book again!
- Kim April 17, 2019

I wanted to send you an official thank you note now that I am back in the states and have had a week of work under my belt. I cannot express enough how appreciative I am for your opening your home to me while I was in Belgium and sharing your cooking techniques, recipes, and life with me. The things I love best about travelling are the connections with the people I meet and how, as a result, my mind and world open just a bit wider than they were prior to my adventure beginning. This could not be truer after my evening shared with the two of you. You have both inspired me in so many ways. Suzy, your healthy, no waste, recipes that were so pure and naturally delicious that they did not need 1,000 ingredients reminded me of how good it feels to prepare food and eat in this way. It was food made with love and, as a result, completely nourishing. Since returning home, I have prepared every item we made that night (including the hung cheese which is now a staple in my home and I have not gone a day without. The third batch is hanging over my faucet as I type this!) and have eaten well for an entire week! I now come home to homecooked nourishing meals after work as opposed to my previous standard unfulfilling scrambled eggs and toast. Over the weekend, I invited my friend Jane over to enjoy the meal we had prepared(pictures attached). She could not get over how delicious and special everything was! I shared stories of my visit with you and, as a result, you have now have inspired Jane to get back into cooking as well! You have also inspired me to share cooking with my nieces. We had gotten into the routine of going out to dinner each time we visited and these dinners out had become less special. You have now inspired me to cook with them and enjoy that precious time in the kitchen working, talking and laughing together. You should have seen their faces when I proposed this new way of spending time together - nothing but excitement! The home you and Bob have set up is truly lovely and, as I got to know the two of you throughout the evening, I saw how perfectly your home reflected both of you. The pieces from your travels, your beautiful paintings and paper mache animals, Suzy, and the eclectic way in which you presented all of these special items showed just how much a home can be an extension of who we are and the experiences we have had. I have to admit, my home is white, gray/black, and the most color it has are the “pops” of the subtle shade of blush. In other words, not colorful. While it is tranquil, it doesn’t exactly reflect the happiness I have experienced. As I went to purchase more all white wooden tulips in Holland to put in a vase on my dining room table, I reflected on our visit, your lovely home, and threw caution to the wind and purchased all colors for the flowers because- well, they made me happy! These flowers are now my favorite item I have brought back. Thank you to you and Bob for bringing color back into my life! All in all, I truly fell in love with Belgium; the people, the culture, the history, the architecture, the chocolate- all of it- and, as mentioned, would love to live there permanently. My plan this weekend is to tighten up my cover letter and research/contact chocolatiers and companies within the food industry in Belgium to see how my experience with operating my own gourmet brownie company could be of fit and asset. You had mentioned that you had a contact at Lotus cookies and I was wondering, only if you felt comfortable, if you wouldn’t mind sharing that contact with me to reach out to? I don’t want to leave any stone unturned in pursuing my dream. Again, thank you so much for such an inspirational, life changing, and enjoyable evening for me. It was the highlight of my trip and so very much appreciated. And, Suzy, if you still are willing to share your cookbook once you have finished it, I would LOVE it!!!! Your Friend (and hopefully neighbor soon!), Melissa
- Melissa September 29, 2018

What an absolutely wonderful experience! Suzy and Bob were warm, inviting, and exceptional hosts. The home was beautiful, the conversation was rich, and the cooking experience was a lot of fun. If you want to really connect with the city and its people then cooking a meal and sharing it with individuals from the area is the way to go!
- Brad October 10, 2017

Suzy is your quintessential grandmother - warm, loving, kind, cheerful and fun! She and Bob host these big, wonderful dinners for friends and family that you wished you could attend. I could sense her deep passion for food just by the way she spoke about her produce and the care she takes into creating each dish. I loved visiting her home which is simply gorgeous - I especially loved her collection of art and the stunning gardens. It was a most memorable afternoon.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador July 27, 2017

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Suzy

$28-$72 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Suzy

A creative cook who makes her own sambal with peppers from the garden, Suzy is an incredibly warm, wonderful and delightful host with a lovely sense of humor. Her home (which is the house she was raised in) is a beautiful and peaceful haven filled with beautiful Flemish art inherited from her family and surrounded by gorgeous rambling gardens. Suzy learned to cook through experimentation and from her mother who was a great cook. Suzy's favorite memories of growing up always involve the dinner table, where she remembers enjoying healthy, delicious food and delightful conversations with family. She is now excited to create new memories hosting travelers over food and engaging conversation at her table. Suzy is particular about cooking with high quality ingredients - she gets her meat from a local butcher that personally sources from a local farm. A retired high school teacher, Suzy hosts along with her husband, Bob, who is a genetics professor at the university. In her retirement, Suzy presides over social organizations, travels a lot and is currently taking art lessons at the Academy of Fine Art.

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: (1-6 guests) Begin your culinary adventure with a walk around Suzy's lush garden dotted with fruit trees and several varieties of herbs. Then sit down with Suzy and Bob to a hearty meal, a creative take on Belgian cuisine that will be served either indoors or at any of Suzy's many outdoor dining locations, depending on the time of day and season. You will start with a first course of salad or a seasonal soup like sorrel or pumpkin. For an appetizer, you might try courgettes stuffed with spiced beef or white asparagus a la Flamande - Suzy gets her white asparagus (only available in May and June) from a special farm in Holland. Your main course includes a fish or meat dish that Suzy procures from a butcher that raises his own cattle. You might try stoverij (juicy chunks of beef stewed in beer), vol au vent (chicken and mushrooms in a bechamel sauce), witloof (Belgian endive with cheese and ham) or Suzy's creation roast chicken with fresh garden vegetables and homemade bread. You can expect Suzy's dishes to have a wonderful touch of spices and fresh garden herbs. Your Belgian meal will conclude with Dame Blanche, homemade ice-cream with Belgian hot chocolate sauce or Belgian chocolate mousse in the summer, frisse rabarberglaasjes (sweetened rhubarb from the garden with fresh Belgian cheese) or apple tart in the fall. Coffee/tea is served upon request.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Suzy in her modern kitchen and learn to cook three Belgian dishes that might include a soup or dessert, appetizer and main. You can expect the cooking experience to last two hours before you sit down and share the meal you helped prepare with Suzy and Bob. Please note that some parts of dishes requiring several hours to cook might be prepared in advance to save time during the lesson.

Languages spoken: English, Dutch

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.
  • Hors d'oevres of fresh vegetables with a seasonal dip
  • Seasonal soup or salad
  • Main of stoverij, stuffed squash, vol au vent or witloof
  • Dessert of Dame Blanche or seasonal tart with ice-cream

Traveler reviews

I had booked this cooking experience for my boyfriend as a birthday gift....neither of us are experienced chefs or very brave in the kitchen but we both are interested in fresh ingredients and local cuisines. I live in Brussels and he is Dutch and we love Ghent both as a day trip and for a weekend escape. Suzy and Bob could not have been more welcoming or friendly. They genuinely enjoy hosting people and are very open and sharing of their time. The cooking was fun. Suzy made it very accessible and not at all intimidating. The food was amazing and plentiful. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting to know a local and experience a very authentic home cooked meal. Would definitely book again!
- Kim April 17, 2019

I wanted to send you an official thank you note now that I am back in the states and have had a week of work under my belt. I cannot express enough how appreciative I am for your opening your home to me while I was in Belgium and sharing your cooking techniques, recipes, and life with me. The things I love best about travelling are the connections with the people I meet and how, as a result, my mind and world open just a bit wider than they were prior to my adventure beginning. This could not be truer after my evening shared with the two of you. You have both inspired me in so many ways. Suzy, your healthy, no waste, recipes that were so pure and naturally delicious that they did not need 1,000 ingredients reminded me of how good it feels to prepare food and eat in this way. It was food made with love and, as a result, completely nourishing. Since returning home, I have prepared every item we made that night (including the hung cheese which is now a staple in my home and I have not gone a day without. The third batch is hanging over my faucet as I type this!) and have eaten well for an entire week! I now come home to homecooked nourishing meals after work as opposed to my previous standard unfulfilling scrambled eggs and toast. Over the weekend, I invited my friend Jane over to enjoy the meal we had prepared(pictures attached). She could not get over how delicious and special everything was! I shared stories of my visit with you and, as a result, you have now have inspired Jane to get back into cooking as well! You have also inspired me to share cooking with my nieces. We had gotten into the routine of going out to dinner each time we visited and these dinners out had become less special. You have now inspired me to cook with them and enjoy that precious time in the kitchen working, talking and laughing together. You should have seen their faces when I proposed this new way of spending time together - nothing but excitement! The home you and Bob have set up is truly lovely and, as I got to know the two of you throughout the evening, I saw how perfectly your home reflected both of you. The pieces from your travels, your beautiful paintings and paper mache animals, Suzy, and the eclectic way in which you presented all of these special items showed just how much a home can be an extension of who we are and the experiences we have had. I have to admit, my home is white, gray/black, and the most color it has are the “pops” of the subtle shade of blush. In other words, not colorful. While it is tranquil, it doesn’t exactly reflect the happiness I have experienced. As I went to purchase more all white wooden tulips in Holland to put in a vase on my dining room table, I reflected on our visit, your lovely home, and threw caution to the wind and purchased all colors for the flowers because- well, they made me happy! These flowers are now my favorite item I have brought back. Thank you to you and Bob for bringing color back into my life! All in all, I truly fell in love with Belgium; the people, the culture, the history, the architecture, the chocolate- all of it- and, as mentioned, would love to live there permanently. My plan this weekend is to tighten up my cover letter and research/contact chocolatiers and companies within the food industry in Belgium to see how my experience with operating my own gourmet brownie company could be of fit and asset. You had mentioned that you had a contact at Lotus cookies and I was wondering, only if you felt comfortable, if you wouldn’t mind sharing that contact with me to reach out to? I don’t want to leave any stone unturned in pursuing my dream. Again, thank you so much for such an inspirational, life changing, and enjoyable evening for me. It was the highlight of my trip and so very much appreciated. And, Suzy, if you still are willing to share your cookbook once you have finished it, I would LOVE it!!!! Your Friend (and hopefully neighbor soon!), Melissa
- Melissa September 29, 2018

What an absolutely wonderful experience! Suzy and Bob were warm, inviting, and exceptional hosts. The home was beautiful, the conversation was rich, and the cooking experience was a lot of fun. If you want to really connect with the city and its people then cooking a meal and sharing it with individuals from the area is the way to go!
- Brad October 10, 2017

Suzy is your quintessential grandmother - warm, loving, kind, cheerful and fun! She and Bob host these big, wonderful dinners for friends and family that you wished you could attend. I could sense her deep passion for food just by the way she spoke about her produce and the care she takes into creating each dish. I loved visiting her home which is simply gorgeous - I especially loved her collection of art and the stunning gardens. It was a most memorable afternoon.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador July 27, 2017

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$44 $32 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $54 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
FAQ

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    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

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