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Cooking classes in San Sebastian offer more than culinary skills; they take you on a captivating journey into Basque culture's rich historical traditions. So if you're truly captivated by the food and culture of Spain, there's no better way to immerse yourself than by securing a spot in an exciting cooking class.

As well as taking place in a state-of-the-art kitchen, some of the most interactive classes include visiting the local market, allowing you to hand-pick the freshest ingredients. Alternatively, there's often a chance to be welcomed into a family home for an authentic experience.

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What to Expect in a San Sebastián Cooking Class

The classes can vary depending on which you choose, often the name of the class is a good indication of what to expect. They can be based on learning specific dishes such as authentic tapas and Pintxos, preparing a fine-dining meal or bespoke options can be designed to cater for personal dietary requirements.

As for some of the basics, a top cooking class will help you understand basic culinary skills that may include the likes of the following:

Knife Skills

Acquire mastery in four essential knife skills: dicing, mincing, julienne, and chiffonade. These skills are vital for proficiently preparing food. 

Palate Training

Learn to balance flavours and discover new ingredients for exciting taste experiences.

Perfect Stocks

Discover the subtle intricacies distinguishing stock, broth, bouillon, and brown stock. Ever wondered why it's best not to stir a broth or cover it with a lid?

Mastering Sauces

Discover how to use sauces as flavourful accompaniments to elevate the taste of food.

Plating and Presentation 

Master the craft of arranging dishes, paying tribute to traditional dishes or creating stunning modern-day presentations.

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Example of What to Expect in a Cooking Class

As an example, under the guidance of a professional chef, you may choose a class where you cook 3 or 4 traditional dishes. In this instance (from appetizers to desserts), each course would be thoughtfully crafted to provide a wonderful, satisfying meal. To enhance your dining, expertly chosen drink pairings accompany each dish.

Once you don your aprons, get ready for a culinary adventure that on average spans two to three hours. During this time, you'll have the opportunity to master the art of cooking traditional gourmet delights such as codfish in pil pil sauce or a succulent steak with a red piquillo pepper sauce.

When it comes to dessert-making, expect famous Basque creations such as the iconic burnt Basque cheesecake or the exquisite 'Mamia', a culinary delight made from raw sheep's milk.

Afterwards, you'll get to relish the fruits of your labour alongside the host and anyone else that have joined the class. Each mouthwatering dish you've meticulously crafted will be paired with thoughtfully selected beverages.

These would include a delightful array of drink options to accompany your specific meal. Including Basque cider, a selection of exquisite red and white wines, and the invigorating notes of ice apple cider. Of course, there will be non-alcoholic options available.

After your culinary adventure in San Sebastián, you'll depart feeling fully satisfied, content, and equipped with an array of remarkable recipes and cooking techniques to take back home!

Book a Cooking Class in San Sebastian with

Discover Basque cuisine treasures with our cooking classes in San Sebastian! At tabl. we have an exceptional team that is ready to cater to your needs. Connect with us via live chat or email at [email protected]. Learn more about the average cost of a cooking class and a couple of examples at both ends of your budget here.

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