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Riad La Maison Arabe in Marrakech - Cookery

Known in the past as one of Africa's most famous and legendary restaurants, the Marrakech riad La Maison Arabe today offers cooking workshops designed for visitors to Marrakech, both amateurs and professionals alike, an opportunity to discover the pleasures and delights of preparing and becoming familiar with one of the great cuisines of the world. (These courses are open to non-residents of La Maison Arabe).


Set in enchanting surroundings - a kasbah surrounded by lush greenery and a potagere (vegetable garden). The Dada, traditionally the housekeeper and person responsible for the wellbeing and care of the household children and of course the preparation of meals among wealthy families will share her secret recipes with budding chefs. The workshops are adapted to the length of any guests stay in Marrakech and can be organised for individuals or small groups with easy to use and modern kitchen equipment.

Each half-day session is preceded by a brief introduction to Moroccan cuisine, during which the history and traditions of the "speciality of the day" are described. An interpreter (English, French) provides detailed preparation and cooking instructions. At the end of each workshop, participants dine on the meal they have prepared on a private patio in the shade of an olive or fig tree (weather permitting).

Each workshop is structured so that the participants (maximum of 8 pupils in a class) will learn to prepare an appetiser and an entree or an entree and a dessert. The menu is chosen by the participants at the beginning of each lesson.

Here are some examples of what can be achieved in a single half-day workshop:-

  • Chicken tajine with lemon and olives
  • Chicken tajine with almonds and hard-boiled eggs
  • Chicken tajine m'derbel
  • Lamb tajine with dates and almonds
  • Lamb tajine with figs and nuts
  • Tajine Makfoul
  • Lamb tajine with prunes and apricots
  • Chicken or Lamb couscous
  • Moroccan Briwates
  • Moroccan salads
  • Pastilla - filled with either shellfish or chicken and almonds
  • Moroccan pastries

Cost of half day cookery workshop

  • Dh 1,600 for either 1 or 2 people
  • Dh 600 per person for 3 or more people

Also see our Cookery page for other cooking classes available.