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Host: Franco

Buenos Aires, Argentina

USD
$58-$86 per person

Market visit and a traditional Argentinean cooking class in Vicente Lopez

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

Meet Franco

Franco discovered his passion and love for cooking by watching his grandfather cook. He still has fond memories of his grandfather’s delicious barbecue that was grilled for the whole family, while growing up in Mendoza. As a kid, you would always find Franco in the kitchen observing his grandmother and aunt, trying to learn the art of cooking! Today Franco is a professional chef and he has dedicated several years working in different kitchens. This only made him realize that teaching people how to cook and sharing his knowledge, is what he truly loves! Franco combined this passion for cooking and teaching, to start his own cooking studio. Apart from cooking and teaching, Franco enjoys traveling and his best travel memories are eating and cooking with local people. Franco has a lot of suggestions on non touristy things to do around his city, so don’t forget to ask him!

“I love teaching how to cook and getting to know people from around the world, showing them how beautiful Argentina can be.”

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: (3-7 guests) Franco’s house is his own cooking studio too. It is beautifully decorated with art giving it a very contemporary style. Franco likes cooking regional dishes from different parts of Argentina. He will welcome you with berenjenas en escabeche (an eggplant marinade) served with sourdough and share more about Argentinean food, culture and history. A few dishes that you might later try at Franco’s dining table are humita (savory steamed fresh corn cakes), locro (a local stew, which is eaten on National holidays such as Independence Day), lentils and braised meat stew, and panqueques flambeados de dulce de leche (pancakes filled with local dulce de leche and burned with rhum), as Franco believes there is always space for something sweet!

Cooking experience: (3-7 guests) Franco’s two hour cooking class is hands-on and you will learn to make two dishes from scratch. You will first prepare either the locro (a local stew made with corn, pumpkin, beans, meat, sausage, pork and local spices) or a lentil stew with braised ribs. Then you will learn to make humita, a typical local entre from Argentina´s Northern cuisine, made with corn, goat cheese and local spices. Later you will share the dishes you helped prepare and 1-2 additional dishes that have been pre-prepared, at Franco's dinning table.

Market visit: (3-7 guests) Meet Franco at his home before walking to the local neighborhood market for about 10 minutes. Here Franco will take you to his favourite butcher shop, a vegetable market and a spice shop. After exploring the market, and shopping for some traditional spices which will be used in the dishes that will be cooked in the class later, you will go back to Franco´s house and start cooking.

Notes: Franco can offer vegetarian and gluten free meals on request.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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.
  • Starter: eggplant marinade served with sourdough and humita (corn cakes)
  • Main: Locro (a local stew) or lentil stew with braised ribs
  • Dessert: Panqueques flambeados de dulce de leche (pancakes filled with local dulce de leche and burned with Rhum)

Traveler reviews

If you like the idea of learning more about Argentinean food and, actually, learning how to prepare it, Franco’s house is the right place for you! He is really passionate about what he does and enjoys it. I was glad to hear and see someone so happy with his own city and country. The osobuco was amazing; he cooked it for several hours. Everything was marvelous, each dish had its own magic and the fact that we prepared it from scratch, makes it even better.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Juanita

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Franco

$58-$86 USD

per person
100%
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  • 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 $70 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $64
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $86 $72
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $70 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $64
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $86 $72
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-2:30pm

Meet Franco

Franco discovered his passion and love for cooking by watching his grandfather cook. He still has fond memories of his grandfather’s delicious barbecue that was grilled for the whole family, while growing up in Mendoza. As a kid, you would always find Franco in the kitchen observing his grandmother and aunt, trying to learn the art of cooking! Today Franco is a professional chef and he has dedicated several years working in different kitchens. This only made him realize that teaching people how to cook and sharing his knowledge, is what he truly loves! Franco combined this passion for cooking and teaching, to start his own cooking studio. Apart from cooking and teaching, Franco enjoys traveling and his best travel memories are eating and cooking with local people. Franco has a lot of suggestions on non touristy things to do around his city, so don’t forget to ask him!

“I love teaching how to cook and getting to know people from around the world, showing them how beautiful Argentina can be.”

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: (3-7 guests) Franco’s house is his own cooking studio too. It is beautifully decorated with art giving it a very contemporary style. Franco likes cooking regional dishes from different parts of Argentina. He will welcome you with berenjenas en escabeche (an eggplant marinade) served with sourdough and share more about Argentinean food, culture and history. A few dishes that you might later try at Franco’s dining table are humita (savory steamed fresh corn cakes), locro (a local stew, which is eaten on National holidays such as Independence Day), lentils and braised meat stew, and panqueques flambeados de dulce de leche (pancakes filled with local dulce de leche and burned with rhum), as Franco believes there is always space for something sweet!

Cooking experience: (3-7 guests) Franco’s two hour cooking class is hands-on and you will learn to make two dishes from scratch. You will first prepare either the locro (a local stew made with corn, pumpkin, beans, meat, sausage, pork and local spices) or a lentil stew with braised ribs. Then you will learn to make humita, a typical local entre from Argentina´s Northern cuisine, made with corn, goat cheese and local spices. Later you will share the dishes you helped prepare and 1-2 additional dishes that have been pre-prepared, at Franco's dinning table.

Market visit: (3-7 guests) Meet Franco at his home before walking to the local neighborhood market for about 10 minutes. Here Franco will take you to his favourite butcher shop, a vegetable market and a spice shop. After exploring the market, and shopping for some traditional spices which will be used in the dishes that will be cooked in the class later, you will go back to Franco´s house and start cooking.

Notes: Franco can offer vegetarian and gluten free meals on request.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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.
  • Starter: eggplant marinade served with sourdough and humita (corn cakes)
  • Main: Locro (a local stew) or lentil stew with braised ribs
  • Dessert: Panqueques flambeados de dulce de leche (pancakes filled with local dulce de leche and burned with Rhum)

Traveler reviews

If you like the idea of learning more about Argentinean food and, actually, learning how to prepare it, Franco’s house is the right place for you! He is really passionate about what he does and enjoys it. I was glad to hear and see someone so happy with his own city and country. The osobuco was amazing; he cooked it for several hours. Everything was marvelous, each dish had its own magic and the fact that we prepared it from scratch, makes it even better.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Juanita

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $70 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $64
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $86 $72
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $70 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $64
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $86 $72
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-2:30pm
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