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Host: David

Medellín, Colombia

USD
$68-$128 per person

Learn to cook a Colombian meal with a professional chef and his family

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

Meet David

David first learned to cook from his mother, and then went on to pursue his passion for food at culinary school. Following culinary school he ran a successful restaurant where he stayed until last year, when he decided to shift his focus to rescue and enhance traditional Colombian flavors. Now, David owns a closed-door restaurant, only available by reservation, where he offers signature dishes that celebrate local flavors. An experience with David is like visiting a friend’s family for a celebration, you will get to cook and eat with the whole family – David’s lovely mom, Gloria, his brothers Luis and Mateo, and his beautiful girlfriend.

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: (1-9 guests) David lives with his family in a beautiful home inside a gated community of Medellin that has a large backyard with a beautifully-crafted wooden patio and views of a picturesque pool. You will be welcomed by David's mom Gloria and escorted straight to the kitchen bar for a juice tasting. There are many interesting fruits native to Colombia that you may have never heard of or tried before - and some of them are even grown in David’s backyard. David will freshly squeeze 2-3 fruit juice shots for you to try; these might include lulo juice (an exotic fruit with a citrus flavor), tree tomato juice, blackberry juice or aguapanela (a sugarcane drink). While you’ll talk and get to know more about Colombian culture and culinary traditions, David will be adding some finishing touches to the meal he has prepared for you. Later, you will join David and his family for a traditional home-cooked meal using local ingredients. Your meal might include dishes such as chorizo antioqueño (sausage), morcilla (blood sausage and rice), a stew made with antioqueños beans, plaintains, chicharron (fried pork belly), or avocado and salchicha ranchera (ranchera sausage). End your meal with homemade ice cream cake drizzled with arequipe (dulce de leche) and aguardiente sherbet (anise-flavored liqueur derived from sugar cane).

Cooking experience: (1-9 guests) David offers a hands-on experience where he will teach you to make two dishes from scratch using fresh ingredients and herbs from his backyard garden. Before you start your cooking class, David will give you a small tour of his garden and will show you all the fruits, vegetables and herbs he grows. After you pluck a few herbs from his garden, you will cook along with David and his family in their large, well organized kitchen. The cooking portion of the experience will last for about hour during which you will learn to make an appetizer and a main dish. Then sit down together at their dining table to enjoy the Colombian meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-9 guests) After you meet David, he will drive you to the local market where he buys almost all of his produce. He will share more about locally-grown ingredients and how they are used in cooking traditional Colombian dishes. David will then allow you to choose fruits and other foods you’re curious about so that you can try them and cook with them in his home. After you buy your fresh ingredients, David will drive you back to his house for your cooking class.

Notes: David can offer vegetarian meals on request.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Traveler reviews

My experience with David was absolutely amazing to say the very least. It was incredibly easy to get to his hose via public transportation. When we arrived we were greeted by David and his girlfriend, who were both fantastic hosts. Their home was beautiful and it was such a pleasure walking around his garden and hearing about his restaurant business. We felt very welcome and at home with David, and he had lots of great stories to share. In terms of his cooking, he was flawless. He had a large bowl of fruit that he shared with us so that we could sample the local fruits in Colombia. Then we began helping him make the dessert portion of the menu. He gave us both jobs which were fun and easy to assist with. I do wish the cooking demonstration was a bit more hands-on, but it was a joy to watch him do his thing. The two dishes he prepared for us were fantastic. The pork belly was such a treat, and the fish and rice dish was outstanding. My boyfriend states that it was the best thing he ate the entire time we were in Colombia and I agree. The only complaint that I can think of is maybe it was a bit too much food. This is not a terrible problem to have, however; we felt bad we weren’t able to finish everything. I think Traveling Spoon is a fantastic option for travelers traveling and hoping to meet new people in a new destination. It is such a fantastic way to experience a culture and I will absolutely recommend this experience in Medellin! It was an absolute treat and a highlight of my trip to Colombia for sure—it is something that I will remember forever.
- Kara September 05, 2018

For the adventurous traveler, David is the answer. David greeted us at our hostel by surprise and led us to his car where we began one of the greatest culinary adventures of our lives. I literally felt like Anthony Bourdain for the entire 5 hours! After giving us his story of how he got into the culinary field and owned his own high end Colombian restaurant, David began our tour by taking us to one of the biggest and more local markets of Medellin. Later we arrived at his beautiful home we were welcomed in by his mother Gloria who was already working hard preparing our meal. David joined in with his mother and started fresh pressing juices for us. As we sat down at the kitchen bar to watch this master at work, we were joined in by David’s two brothers Luis and Mateo who truly made us feel like we were a part of the family. We were also guided to the herb garden in the backyard where David let us try some of the herbs he grows and regularly uses in his cooking. There were many phases to our experience which we deeply appreciated. It was like Christmas over and over again! And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, a mention of Gloria’s cake was made to life when she insisted she bake us a cake on the spot. Happiness was an understatement at the end of David’s experience. We left with full stomachs and even fuller hearts. Culinary perfection!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Marc and Bavly

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David

$68-$128 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
$100 $78 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$114 $100 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$128 $114 $108
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
$100 $78 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$114 $100 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$128 $114 $108
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
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 3:30pm-7:30pm

Meet David

David first learned to cook from his mother, and then went on to pursue his passion for food at culinary school. Following culinary school he ran a successful restaurant where he stayed until last year, when he decided to shift his focus to rescue and enhance traditional Colombian flavors. Now, David owns a closed-door restaurant, only available by reservation, where he offers signature dishes that celebrate local flavors. An experience with David is like visiting a friend’s family for a celebration, you will get to cook and eat with the whole family – David’s lovely mom, Gloria, his brothers Luis and Mateo, and his beautiful girlfriend.

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: (1-9 guests) David lives with his family in a beautiful home inside a gated community of Medellin that has a large backyard with a beautifully-crafted wooden patio and views of a picturesque pool. You will be welcomed by David's mom Gloria and escorted straight to the kitchen bar for a juice tasting. There are many interesting fruits native to Colombia that you may have never heard of or tried before - and some of them are even grown in David’s backyard. David will freshly squeeze 2-3 fruit juice shots for you to try; these might include lulo juice (an exotic fruit with a citrus flavor), tree tomato juice, blackberry juice or aguapanela (a sugarcane drink). While you’ll talk and get to know more about Colombian culture and culinary traditions, David will be adding some finishing touches to the meal he has prepared for you. Later, you will join David and his family for a traditional home-cooked meal using local ingredients. Your meal might include dishes such as chorizo antioqueño (sausage), morcilla (blood sausage and rice), a stew made with antioqueños beans, plaintains, chicharron (fried pork belly), or avocado and salchicha ranchera (ranchera sausage). End your meal with homemade ice cream cake drizzled with arequipe (dulce de leche) and aguardiente sherbet (anise-flavored liqueur derived from sugar cane).

Cooking experience: (1-9 guests) David offers a hands-on experience where he will teach you to make two dishes from scratch using fresh ingredients and herbs from his backyard garden. Before you start your cooking class, David will give you a small tour of his garden and will show you all the fruits, vegetables and herbs he grows. After you pluck a few herbs from his garden, you will cook along with David and his family in their large, well organized kitchen. The cooking portion of the experience will last for about hour during which you will learn to make an appetizer and a main dish. Then sit down together at their dining table to enjoy the Colombian meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-9 guests) After you meet David, he will drive you to the local market where he buys almost all of his produce. He will share more about locally-grown ingredients and how they are used in cooking traditional Colombian dishes. David will then allow you to choose fruits and other foods you’re curious about so that you can try them and cook with them in his home. After you buy your fresh ingredients, David will drive you back to his house for your cooking class.

Notes: David can offer vegetarian meals on request.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Traveler reviews

My experience with David was absolutely amazing to say the very least. It was incredibly easy to get to his hose via public transportation. When we arrived we were greeted by David and his girlfriend, who were both fantastic hosts. Their home was beautiful and it was such a pleasure walking around his garden and hearing about his restaurant business. We felt very welcome and at home with David, and he had lots of great stories to share. In terms of his cooking, he was flawless. He had a large bowl of fruit that he shared with us so that we could sample the local fruits in Colombia. Then we began helping him make the dessert portion of the menu. He gave us both jobs which were fun and easy to assist with. I do wish the cooking demonstration was a bit more hands-on, but it was a joy to watch him do his thing. The two dishes he prepared for us were fantastic. The pork belly was such a treat, and the fish and rice dish was outstanding. My boyfriend states that it was the best thing he ate the entire time we were in Colombia and I agree. The only complaint that I can think of is maybe it was a bit too much food. This is not a terrible problem to have, however; we felt bad we weren’t able to finish everything. I think Traveling Spoon is a fantastic option for travelers traveling and hoping to meet new people in a new destination. It is such a fantastic way to experience a culture and I will absolutely recommend this experience in Medellin! It was an absolute treat and a highlight of my trip to Colombia for sure—it is something that I will remember forever.
- Kara September 05, 2018

For the adventurous traveler, David is the answer. David greeted us at our hostel by surprise and led us to his car where we began one of the greatest culinary adventures of our lives. I literally felt like Anthony Bourdain for the entire 5 hours! After giving us his story of how he got into the culinary field and owned his own high end Colombian restaurant, David began our tour by taking us to one of the biggest and more local markets of Medellin. Later we arrived at his beautiful home we were welcomed in by his mother Gloria who was already working hard preparing our meal. David joined in with his mother and started fresh pressing juices for us. As we sat down at the kitchen bar to watch this master at work, we were joined in by David’s two brothers Luis and Mateo who truly made us feel like we were a part of the family. We were also guided to the herb garden in the backyard where David let us try some of the herbs he grows and regularly uses in his cooking. There were many phases to our experience which we deeply appreciated. It was like Christmas over and over again! And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, a mention of Gloria’s cake was made to life when she insisted she bake us a cake on the spot. Happiness was an understatement at the end of David’s experience. We left with full stomachs and even fuller hearts. Culinary perfection!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Marc and Bavly

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$100 $78 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$114 $100 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$128 $114 $108
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
$100 $78 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$114 $100 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$128 $114 $108
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
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 3:30pm-7:30pm
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.

    If you have a question about an experience, create a reservation and include your note in the field "Write a note to your host". Once you request a booking you can continue to message your host directly to ask any specific questions. You can always cancel your booking and receive a full refund as long as you cancel 48 hours in advance.

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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.

    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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