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Host: Yves

Barcelona, Spain

USD
$78-$192 per person

Modern, inventive Catalan cuisine with optional tour of the Boqueria Market

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

Meet Yves

Yves, a native of Catalonia, embodies the word “host” to the fullest. He is warm, professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the cuisine of the Catalan region. A self-taught chef, Yves has a background in Internet marketing. He left the marketing field to pursue his passion of “social cooking” nearly ten years ago, when his first son was born. Yves' greatest passion is cooking and using food to bring people together. Enjoy modern, inventive, farm-to-table Catalan cuisine during this special experience with Yves.

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: (5-13 guests) Join your host Yves at his spacious kitchen equipped in his welcoming, Catalan-style home. His home is beautifully lit and has a modern kitchen with all the appliances of any modern kitchen lover’s dreams. Enjoy a delicious Catalan menu highlighting fresh and seasonal ingredients. Dishes might include pan con tomate, fideua, paella, bacalao, clams or Catalan-style mussels and your meal will conclude with a sweet dessert that might be crema catalana or strawberries dipped in a layer of chocolate. Depending on the time of day, you might be joined by Yves's wife and two young sons.

Cooking experience: (3-10 guests) Join your host Yves at his spacious kitchen equipped in his welcoming, Catalan-style home. His home is beautifully lit and has a modern kitchen with all the appliances of any modern kitchen lover’s dreams. Here Yves will teach you recipes he has created himself, highlighting fresh and seasonal ingredients picked from Barcelona’s Boqueria market the same day. Dishes might include pan con tomate, fideua, paella, bacalao, clams or Catalan-style mussels. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of crema catalana or strawberries dipped in a layer of chocolate. Depending on the time of day, you might be joined by Yves's wife and two young sons. Your hands-on cooking demo will last about two hours and you will assist Yves as he prepares several dishes from scratch. Enjoy learning about the tips and star ingredients before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Yves.

Market visit: (3-10 guests) Meet your host Yves at the center of the bustling Boqueria market right in central Barcelona. This open, covered market is held outdoors and full of life. Walk through the market and watch Yves interact with all the vendors. He knows them all by name, as he is there 4 to 5 times a week. Discuss with Yves which ingredients you are most excited about whether it be jamón, a vegetable, fish, beef or shellfish. Based off your preferences, Yves will custom design a menu to include your favorite ingredients! Your market tour will last about an hour.

Languages spoken: English, German, Spanish, Catalan, French

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.
  • Appetizer: Pan con tomate (Spanish-style toast with tomato, olive oil, garlic and salt)
  • First course/vegetable: Alcachofas a la brasa (fresh whole artichokes cooked over the grill)
  • Main course: Bacalao or fiedeuà (a dish similar to paella but with noodles instead of rice)
  • Side: Catalan-style mussels
  • Dessert: Crema Catalana (a Spanish custard dessert very similar to crème brulee)

Traveler reviews

We were a group of 13, ages 28 to 89, visiting Barcelona most of us for the first time. Yves led us on a delightful hands-on culinary tour from his welcoming home with a rooftop view over the entire city. Yves had made wine recommendations for us (red wine from Montsant and Priorat regions), to bring along to have with the meal; he had recommended a particular wine shop, which was also recommended to us independently by a friend living for some years in Barcelona, so we were confident in his recommendation, and the confidence was rewarded. Yves had us help with a number of preparation steps along the way, teaching us not only new foods but new techniques, which were very much appreciated. Convivial atmosphere, interesting and inspiring foods, terrific views. Yves helped arranged cabs for our return to our hotel, and the transfers went without a hitch. Yves has both Barcelona and Swiss backgrounds. We hope we were able to extend his network connections a bit, with an American ex-pat living in Barcelona whom we thought would appreciate Yves, and with a Swiss winemaker located in Napa, who is a consulting winemaker at Pernet Vineyards, not far from Barcelona. All-in-all a highly successful evening, to kick off our two-week journey through Mediterranean Spain and southern Portugal.
- Albert K Henning June 13, 2018

We love Yves! He was so kind and gracious to our large family group, and educated us about some of the more traditional Catalonia dishes that we enjoyed.
- Kaethe June 13, 2018

My family was so happy with Yves and enjoyed the welcoming experience. We'll be writing great reviews in the near future!
- Kaethe May 29, 2018

My favorite part of the experience was going to Yves’ home. The welcome glass of wine on the rooftop overlooking the Barcelona skyline was a huge highlight. Also, chatting with Yves as he cooked in his stunning kitchen was amazing as well. He really is so knowledgeable about ingredients and a master entertainer.
- Ashton, Traveling Spoon Ambassador November 27, 2017

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Yves

$78-$192 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 Not offered $78
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $174 $134
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $192 $144
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered Not offered $78
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $174 $134
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $192 $144
*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
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm

Meet Yves

Yves, a native of Catalonia, embodies the word “host” to the fullest. He is warm, professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the cuisine of the Catalan region. A self-taught chef, Yves has a background in Internet marketing. He left the marketing field to pursue his passion of “social cooking” nearly ten years ago, when his first son was born. Yves' greatest passion is cooking and using food to bring people together. Enjoy modern, inventive, farm-to-table Catalan cuisine during this special experience with Yves.

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: (5-13 guests) Join your host Yves at his spacious kitchen equipped in his welcoming, Catalan-style home. His home is beautifully lit and has a modern kitchen with all the appliances of any modern kitchen lover’s dreams. Enjoy a delicious Catalan menu highlighting fresh and seasonal ingredients. Dishes might include pan con tomate, fideua, paella, bacalao, clams or Catalan-style mussels and your meal will conclude with a sweet dessert that might be crema catalana or strawberries dipped in a layer of chocolate. Depending on the time of day, you might be joined by Yves's wife and two young sons.

Cooking experience: (3-10 guests) Join your host Yves at his spacious kitchen equipped in his welcoming, Catalan-style home. His home is beautifully lit and has a modern kitchen with all the appliances of any modern kitchen lover’s dreams. Here Yves will teach you recipes he has created himself, highlighting fresh and seasonal ingredients picked from Barcelona’s Boqueria market the same day. Dishes might include pan con tomate, fideua, paella, bacalao, clams or Catalan-style mussels. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of crema catalana or strawberries dipped in a layer of chocolate. Depending on the time of day, you might be joined by Yves's wife and two young sons. Your hands-on cooking demo will last about two hours and you will assist Yves as he prepares several dishes from scratch. Enjoy learning about the tips and star ingredients before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Yves.

Market visit: (3-10 guests) Meet your host Yves at the center of the bustling Boqueria market right in central Barcelona. This open, covered market is held outdoors and full of life. Walk through the market and watch Yves interact with all the vendors. He knows them all by name, as he is there 4 to 5 times a week. Discuss with Yves which ingredients you are most excited about whether it be jamón, a vegetable, fish, beef or shellfish. Based off your preferences, Yves will custom design a menu to include your favorite ingredients! Your market tour will last about an hour.

Languages spoken: English, German, Spanish, Catalan, French

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.
  • Appetizer: Pan con tomate (Spanish-style toast with tomato, olive oil, garlic and salt)
  • First course/vegetable: Alcachofas a la brasa (fresh whole artichokes cooked over the grill)
  • Main course: Bacalao or fiedeuà (a dish similar to paella but with noodles instead of rice)
  • Side: Catalan-style mussels
  • Dessert: Crema Catalana (a Spanish custard dessert very similar to crème brulee)

Traveler reviews

We were a group of 13, ages 28 to 89, visiting Barcelona most of us for the first time. Yves led us on a delightful hands-on culinary tour from his welcoming home with a rooftop view over the entire city. Yves had made wine recommendations for us (red wine from Montsant and Priorat regions), to bring along to have with the meal; he had recommended a particular wine shop, which was also recommended to us independently by a friend living for some years in Barcelona, so we were confident in his recommendation, and the confidence was rewarded. Yves had us help with a number of preparation steps along the way, teaching us not only new foods but new techniques, which were very much appreciated. Convivial atmosphere, interesting and inspiring foods, terrific views. Yves helped arranged cabs for our return to our hotel, and the transfers went without a hitch. Yves has both Barcelona and Swiss backgrounds. We hope we were able to extend his network connections a bit, with an American ex-pat living in Barcelona whom we thought would appreciate Yves, and with a Swiss winemaker located in Napa, who is a consulting winemaker at Pernet Vineyards, not far from Barcelona. All-in-all a highly successful evening, to kick off our two-week journey through Mediterranean Spain and southern Portugal.
- Albert K Henning June 13, 2018

We love Yves! He was so kind and gracious to our large family group, and educated us about some of the more traditional Catalonia dishes that we enjoyed.
- Kaethe June 13, 2018

My family was so happy with Yves and enjoyed the welcoming experience. We'll be writing great reviews in the near future!
- Kaethe May 29, 2018

My favorite part of the experience was going to Yves’ home. The welcome glass of wine on the rooftop overlooking the Barcelona skyline was a huge highlight. Also, chatting with Yves as he cooked in his stunning kitchen was amazing as well. He really is so knowledgeable about ingredients and a master entertainer.
- Ashton, Traveling Spoon Ambassador November 27, 2017

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered Not offered $78
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $174 $134
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $192 $144
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered Not offered $78
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $174 $134
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $192 $144
*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
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    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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    Your card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking. Typically hosts respond to bookings within 72 hours. In the event your host is unavailable on your selected date and your host rejects your booking your credit card will not be charged.

    Your host's detailed contact information, including their phone number, address, and direction notes, will all be provided immediately upon successful confirmation of your experience (after your hosts accepts your booking and your credit card is successfully processed). This information will be emailed to you to the email address you used to sign up, and will also be visible on your Traveling Spoon profile.

    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.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

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