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Host: Maria

Casablanca, Morocco

USD
$72-$160 per person

Authentic Moroccan cooking class in Casablanca

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

Meet Maria

Growing up in a large Moroccan family required you to help around in the kitchen, and that is how Maria learned to cook. She fondly remembers her grandmother teaching her family recipes and classics like lamb tagine with cardoon during Maria's school vacation. Maria recently retired and now has more time to pursue her passion for cooking and meeting people from all over the world. She lives with her 9-year old son, his nanny and her sister. Maria has traveled a lot, experiencing different cuisines and cultures, which has made her more appreciative of her own heritage. She now wishes to share her culture and cuisine with travelers visiting her city!

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: (1-8 guests) Maria lives in a modern, luxurious villa in a gated community in a suburb of Casablanca. She will welcome you with some Moroccan tea and, while you sip on your welcome drink, share more about life in Morocco, its history, culture and cuisine. Later you will join her at the dining table to share an authentic home cooked Moroccan meal that might include dishes such as harira (a traditional soup), Moroccan chickpea and couscous salad, pastille (a type of Moroccan meat pie, filled with spiced meat and apricots) and wild chicken tagine served with homemade bread. You will conclude your meal with a dessert such as oranges with cinnamon or cake.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Maria in her kitchen to prepare her favorite family recipes in a hands-on cooking class. You’ll cook together for about an hour, and will learn to make two authentic Moroccan dishes such as tagine and a chickpea and couscous salad, before sitting down at the dining table to enjoy the dishes you helped prepare. Your meal will also include other dishes prepared by Maria in advance.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Maria will take you to the local market where you will get to know each other over a refreshing drink. She will help you navigate the market which can be overwhelming to explore on your own. Maria will show you where she buys her fresh produce, meat and show you the spices that are on offer. You might even sample a few local Moroccan fruits and snacks. Maria can help you do a bit of shopping if you’re searching for a certain ingredient. Once your market visit is complete you will head back to Maria's home by car to get cooking!

Please note that while Maria does offer market visits in the evening, the market is livelier in the mornings.

Notes: Maria can offer vegetarian and halal meals on request.

Languages spoken: Arabic, French, 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.
  • Welcome drink + Moroccan cookies
  • Moroccan salads
  • Moroccan tagine with lamb and vegetables
  • Oranges with cinnamon or cake

Traveler reviews

We had an absolutely amazing time with Maria, our hostess, her son and her sister, learning to cook Moroccan specialties in her beautiful home. We made Lamb Tajine with Vegetables, a delicious eggplant and tomato salad, and baked Moroccan bread. I couldn’t believe how easy it was! We had a truly memorable feast (including dishes we did not cook but Maria wanted us to sample!) and we had a wonderful visit as well sharing family photos and talking about life in Morocco. Our visit with Maria and our cooking lesson was truly memorable and not to be missed!
- Pearl September 30, 2018

I had a long layover in Casablanca, so I decided to try a cooking class with Maria before flying back to the US. And I am SOOOO glas that I did. Maria tailored the class to cook exactly what I requested, and then added a season option to boot! She's a warm, wonderful woman with a beautiful setup and I felt comfortable and confident cooking with her. Will definitely be making tagine at home! Thanks Maria!
- Lauren October 10, 2018

Entering Maria's world of cooking is entering the world of Moroccan Classic gastronomy. Her home is well decorated and the food is prepared in a very refined way. The food was presented in an elegant living room and she was very welcoming. During the cooking class, I loved how she talked about her childhood memories related to food and family. We ate a variety of salads and tagines (wild chicken was my favorite!) and fresh oranges with cinnamon. If you want an authentic cooking experience with Moroccan family, I would highly recommend Maria!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Chamsi

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Maria

$72-$160 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
$86 $80 $72
Cooking Experience + Meal
$122 $114 $108
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $142 $136
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$86 $80 $72
Cooking Experience + Meal
$122 $114 $108
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $142 $136
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Maria

Growing up in a large Moroccan family required you to help around in the kitchen, and that is how Maria learned to cook. She fondly remembers her grandmother teaching her family recipes and classics like lamb tagine with cardoon during Maria's school vacation. Maria recently retired and now has more time to pursue her passion for cooking and meeting people from all over the world. She lives with her 9-year old son, his nanny and her sister. Maria has traveled a lot, experiencing different cuisines and cultures, which has made her more appreciative of her own heritage. She now wishes to share her culture and cuisine with travelers visiting her city!

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: (1-8 guests) Maria lives in a modern, luxurious villa in a gated community in a suburb of Casablanca. She will welcome you with some Moroccan tea and, while you sip on your welcome drink, share more about life in Morocco, its history, culture and cuisine. Later you will join her at the dining table to share an authentic home cooked Moroccan meal that might include dishes such as harira (a traditional soup), Moroccan chickpea and couscous salad, pastille (a type of Moroccan meat pie, filled with spiced meat and apricots) and wild chicken tagine served with homemade bread. You will conclude your meal with a dessert such as oranges with cinnamon or cake.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Maria in her kitchen to prepare her favorite family recipes in a hands-on cooking class. You’ll cook together for about an hour, and will learn to make two authentic Moroccan dishes such as tagine and a chickpea and couscous salad, before sitting down at the dining table to enjoy the dishes you helped prepare. Your meal will also include other dishes prepared by Maria in advance.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Maria will take you to the local market where you will get to know each other over a refreshing drink. She will help you navigate the market which can be overwhelming to explore on your own. Maria will show you where she buys her fresh produce, meat and show you the spices that are on offer. You might even sample a few local Moroccan fruits and snacks. Maria can help you do a bit of shopping if you’re searching for a certain ingredient. Once your market visit is complete you will head back to Maria's home by car to get cooking!

Please note that while Maria does offer market visits in the evening, the market is livelier in the mornings.

Notes: Maria can offer vegetarian and halal meals on request.

Languages spoken: Arabic, French, 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.
  • Welcome drink + Moroccan cookies
  • Moroccan salads
  • Moroccan tagine with lamb and vegetables
  • Oranges with cinnamon or cake

Traveler reviews

We had an absolutely amazing time with Maria, our hostess, her son and her sister, learning to cook Moroccan specialties in her beautiful home. We made Lamb Tajine with Vegetables, a delicious eggplant and tomato salad, and baked Moroccan bread. I couldn’t believe how easy it was! We had a truly memorable feast (including dishes we did not cook but Maria wanted us to sample!) and we had a wonderful visit as well sharing family photos and talking about life in Morocco. Our visit with Maria and our cooking lesson was truly memorable and not to be missed!
- Pearl September 30, 2018

I had a long layover in Casablanca, so I decided to try a cooking class with Maria before flying back to the US. And I am SOOOO glas that I did. Maria tailored the class to cook exactly what I requested, and then added a season option to boot! She's a warm, wonderful woman with a beautiful setup and I felt comfortable and confident cooking with her. Will definitely be making tagine at home! Thanks Maria!
- Lauren October 10, 2018

Entering Maria's world of cooking is entering the world of Moroccan Classic gastronomy. Her home is well decorated and the food is prepared in a very refined way. The food was presented in an elegant living room and she was very welcoming. During the cooking class, I loved how she talked about her childhood memories related to food and family. We ate a variety of salads and tagines (wild chicken was my favorite!) and fresh oranges with cinnamon. If you want an authentic cooking experience with Moroccan family, I would highly recommend Maria!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Chamsi

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$86 $80 $72
Cooking Experience + Meal
$122 $114 $108
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $142 $136
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$86 $80 $72
Cooking Experience + Meal
$122 $114 $108
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $142 $136
Alcohol
$14 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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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