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Host: Gerardo

Bogotá, Colombia

USD
$30-$86 per person

A traditional Colombian cooking class and homemade meal in Bogota

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

Meet Gerardo

Gerardo learned to cook from his mother as a child and now he enjoys cooking with his wife. They often cook traditional Colombian home-cooked dishes, using recipes from famous Colombian chefs. They even ran their own catering business together for few years. Gerardo likes to use local, fresh and seasonal produce, as he says it improves the taste, flavor and texture of the dish. His favorite thing is visiting markets to explore new ingredients as well as meeting new people. He would like to share his passion for food, culture with travelers over a nice conversation and a home cooked meal.

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) Gerardo and his family will welcome you into their apartment located in Bogota city center, with a warm smile. They will introduce you to Colombian cuisine and later you will join them at their dining table to try a few dishes such as bandeja paisa (a platter of rice, beans, chorizo, eggs etc) or arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), sancocho (a thick soup consisting of meat and root vegetables) or ajiaco (chicken and potato soup) and sobrebarriga en salsa (steak) or bagre en salsa (catflish).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Gerardo in his small kitchen for a hands-on cooking class and learn to make two dishes from scratch. In your 1-2 hour cooking class you will learn to make arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) and ajiaco (chicken and potato soup). This is a great way to learn new kitchen tricks and to watch a meal you helped prepare come together.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Gerardo at his home and then drive together for 10 minutes to Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao. This is a great place to buy vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood, flowers and other home products! While you walk through the market with Gerardo, you will get a glimpse of the local’s daily lives. After you buy a few ingredients, drive back to Gerardo’s home for your cooking class.

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.
  • Ajiaco or Sancocho (traditional soup)
  • Arroz con pollo (slow cooked rice and chicken)
  • Costillas de cerdo (baked pork ribs) or Bandeja paisa (rice and beans with pork belly and eggs)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Gerardo and his family are amazing hosts—very welcoming, friendly and accommodating. During the market tour, Gerardo will likely introduce you to new fruits and flavors. The hands-on cooking experience is a great way to learn new kitchen tricks and to watch the meal comes together. The simple deserts were amazing! It is very easy and enjoyable to spend the afternoon with Gerardo and his family!

AJ, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Gerardo

$30-$86 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 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
$60 $42 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$22 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $42 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$22 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
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Gerardo

Gerardo learned to cook from his mother as a child and now he enjoys cooking with his wife. They often cook traditional Colombian home-cooked dishes, using recipes from famous Colombian chefs. They even ran their own catering business together for few years. Gerardo likes to use local, fresh and seasonal produce, as he says it improves the taste, flavor and texture of the dish. His favorite thing is visiting markets to explore new ingredients as well as meeting new people. He would like to share his passion for food, culture with travelers over a nice conversation and a home cooked meal.

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) Gerardo and his family will welcome you into their apartment located in Bogota city center, with a warm smile. They will introduce you to Colombian cuisine and later you will join them at their dining table to try a few dishes such as bandeja paisa (a platter of rice, beans, chorizo, eggs etc) or arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), sancocho (a thick soup consisting of meat and root vegetables) or ajiaco (chicken and potato soup) and sobrebarriga en salsa (steak) or bagre en salsa (catflish).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Gerardo in his small kitchen for a hands-on cooking class and learn to make two dishes from scratch. In your 1-2 hour cooking class you will learn to make arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) and ajiaco (chicken and potato soup). This is a great way to learn new kitchen tricks and to watch a meal you helped prepare come together.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Gerardo at his home and then drive together for 10 minutes to Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao. This is a great place to buy vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood, flowers and other home products! While you walk through the market with Gerardo, you will get a glimpse of the local’s daily lives. After you buy a few ingredients, drive back to Gerardo’s home for your cooking class.

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.
  • Ajiaco or Sancocho (traditional soup)
  • Arroz con pollo (slow cooked rice and chicken)
  • Costillas de cerdo (baked pork ribs) or Bandeja paisa (rice and beans with pork belly and eggs)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Gerardo and his family are amazing hosts—very welcoming, friendly and accommodating. During the market tour, Gerardo will likely introduce you to new fruits and flavors. The hands-on cooking experience is a great way to learn new kitchen tricks and to watch the meal comes together. The simple deserts were amazing! It is very easy and enjoyable to spend the afternoon with Gerardo and his family!

AJ, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $42 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$22 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $42 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $42
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $60
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$22 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
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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