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Our most recommended Basque Country Cooking classes

San Sebastian: Authentic Basque Cooking Class

1. San Sebastian: Authentic Basque Cooking Class

Join your guide and a small group of fellow food enthusiasts in the Old Town, then head to a historic family-run restaurant that’s opened its kitchen exclusively for your group. Once there, you’ll meet a professional chef who will teach you how to make four standout dishes of Basque cuisine. Whether you're a novice or an experienced cook, the tips and techniques you’ll learn will be easy to follow and apply. For the next three hours, you'll be making some of the Basque Country’s most famous dishes, including potato omelet, codfish in pil pil sauce, a mouthwatering steak with red piquillo peppers, and the iconic burnt cheesecake. As the chef walks you through the techniques involved in creating each dish, your guide will share the stories and cultural significance behind the recipes, making each bite even more memorable. Of course, you’ll also have time to enjoy the dishes you’ve prepared. Each will be paired with a specially chosen drink: Basque cider (which you'll learn to pour), red and white wine, and ice apple cider (a special fermented beverage made with the natural juices of frozen apples). When it's time to leave, take home copies of the recipes so you can prepare these traditional Basque dishes in your own kitchen.

San Sebastian: Private Gastronomy Tour and Cooking class

2. San Sebastian: Private Gastronomy Tour and Cooking class

Immerse yourself in the Basque Country's world-famous gastronomy scene in a cooking class with a local chef. The experience begins with a private guided tour along the Old Quarter of San Sebastian. Explore the main sites as well as some hidden gems often missed by visitors. Learn about Basque history, culture, and traditions while picking out the best seasonal products at a local market. Once the shopping is complete, walk to the private cooking area where the class will take place. Learn the main elements of a Basque meal and how to prepare them according to local tradition. At the end of the course, sit down to enjoy your culinary creation with a glass of local Basque wine.

Bilbao: Basque Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class with Open Bar

3. Bilbao: Basque Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class with Open Bar

Join this Basque cooking class and learn how to cook traditional pintxos and tapas of the Basque Country with a chef. Learn about local ingredients and spices, the story behind them, and how the locals enjoy these delicious bites. First, meet up with your instructor, who doubles as the chef for this class. Get introduced to the ingredients you'll be working with, and listen as you learn about each one's importance in traditional northern Spanish cooking. Then, get your hands into action as you mix, stir, chop, and begin to combine ingredients with the help of the chef, who will guide you through each step of preparation. As you begin to cook, sip on a glass of wine from the open bar. Finally, see the fruits of your labors come to life as 4 different pintxos are plated from your work. Try each one, and enjoy them alongside your wine, and a complimentary charcuterie and cheese board, and dessert prepared for you.

Bilbao: Traditional Spanish Cooking Class with Sangria

4. Bilbao: Traditional Spanish Cooking Class with Sangria

Join this immersive Spanish cooking class experience in Bilbao where you will learn how to cook the real Spanish paella and other traditional Spanish dishes and of course you will prepare your own sangria. Learn everything about Spanish cuisine, local ingredients and spices and our gastronomic traditions. You will cook with the help of one of our experienced chefs 23 starters (Padron peppers, gazpacho and garlic prawns), one main (meat or/and fish paella) and a dessert (the Spanish custard). The menu can change slightly depending on what's available in the market.

Bilbao: Traditional Basque Cooking Class with Wine Tasting

5. Bilbao: Traditional Basque Cooking Class with Wine Tasting

Hone your culinary skills by learning how to make Basque Country's traditional dishes during a cooking class in Bilbao. Join an instructor who will guide you through the process, teach you little tricks, and explain the history behind the food. Enjoy a meal with wine tasting at the end. Put on your apron and try your hands at preparing a txuleta (meat chop) steak, one of the cornerstones of Basque cuisine, or the everyday comfort food of Tolosa beans. You can also attempt a tuna stew recipe called the Marmitako which traces back to men who prepared it aboard fishing boats. After the cooking class, make your way to a private dining room to taste your creations paired with a variety of local wines such as Riojas, Txakolis, or Albariños. Go home with recipes for some of the region's best dishes and an apron.

San Sebastian: Famous Local Basque Cooking Club Private Meal

6. San Sebastian: Famous Local Basque Cooking Club Private Meal

This tour will include a nice walking tour in the morning, showing you and buying seasonal products in the local market gathering with local people. You will be shown how to cook the products after the walk while drinking txakoli, a white local wine, Rioja red wine or cider. Have an exclusive and unique chance to feel the experience of being in a private cooking club where locals gather. Taste some typical fresh Basque and seasonal food and also learn how to cook it too.  The main rule of the cooking club following the history of why those clubs were founded, was that only the men were allowed to cook and to access the kitchen, and the women were only able to watch, be served and of course, to enjoy the experience but not to work. 

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