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COOKING HOLIDAY SPAIN
. . . the rural Mediterranean taste

Based on the beautiful Costa del Sol in the Andalucia region of Spain, Cooking Holiday Spain is the first company to specialise in tailor-made cooking holidays and food & wine tours, as well as providing a private chef service and team building and corporate activities, on the Costa del Sol.

Cooking Holiday Spain is a company run by professional staff with one goal in mind:

"To create memorable Gastronomic holidays providing guests with an extraordinary experience that always exceeds their expectations and ensure at all the times that the highest customer satisfaction is achieved."

If you are looking for a unique holiday with a fun and relaxed atmosphere then look no further. Our cooking holidays cater for not only groups and couples, but the individual too, ensuring that everyone is drawn together in cooking heaven for an experience they will remember forever.

Our premium product is a 7 days cooking holiday: a vacation dedicated to all people that love food, wine and great holidays.

Apart form our 7 days holiday, we also specialise in other daily activities all related to the culinary world, such as Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian and Tapas Cooking Classes, Wine Tours and Wine Tastings, Tapas Tours, Sherry Tours, Gastronomic weekend breaks, Incentives, Team Building and Corporate activities and Private Chef Service.

If you are a lover of good food and wine and are planning on visiting the Costa del Sol then our activities have been designed to help you to discover some excellent culinary delights.

Our gastronomic activities will bring you closer to a world of Andalucian flavours, which are healthily Mediterranean and innovatively creative.

"Come along and let's share our passion for good food, great wine . . . I very much look forward to welcoming you in the very near future. Hasta Pronto!"

Sergio Rifugio, Chef Director

  COOKING HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN  

Whether you are looking for a half day starter course to test your cooking skills, a luxury three or six day holiday including a wealth of information and daily hands on cooking experience, exciting excursions, we have something for everyone.

7 DAY COOKING HOLIDAY

Day 1

Transfer from the Airport to the hotel.

After settling in aperitif in the Hotel, with presentation of the team, the activities, followed by a Welcome Dinner in the Hotel Restaurant.

Day 2

Early departure for Malaga city centre.

In Malaga old quarter we will be starting the day with the typical "Churros con Chocolate".

Trip to Malaga central Market where we will buy most of the items we will need for our cooking lessons.

We will return to the hotel for our first cooking lesson.

Afternoon trip to Mijas village with a visit to the wine museum. Plenty wine tastings!! Tour of Mijas before going back for dinner to a local restaurant.

Day 3

After Breakfast trip to Ronda.

In our tour we will go and visit an historic olive oil mil, dating back to 1755. We will be shown around the mill, tasting the oil.

We will then go to visit a boutique wine bodega described as a heavenly spot, full of history, quiet, isolated and discreet, where they produce 4 different ranges of organic wines. We will taste the wines before having lunch in the hart of the "Bodega".

We will then go to Ronda for a tour of the most important monuments. Dinner back at the hotel.

Day 4

After Breakfast it's time for our second cooking class.

This time we will be visiting Marbella Market for our shopping.

Lunch in the Hotel.

Afternoon excursion to Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Free evening.

Day 5

Breakfast between 9.00 and 9.45 am.

Trip to Malaga city. Visit of the town and its most important monuments.

Tapas Tour of Malaga.

Free afternoon back at the hotel before getting ready for a wonderful Flamenco show while we are having dinner in a local Restaurant.

Day 6

Breakfast between 9.00 and 9.45 am. 10.00 am

Our 3rd cooking class will take place.

Lunch at the hotel Afternoon visit to a beautiful local village near by to visit a Cheese factory where they will explain the full process of cheese making.

Free time back at the hotel before our Surprise evening . . .

Day 7

Feedback Forms and Farewells!

Transfer back to the airport.

4 DAY COOKING HOLIDAY

Arrival Day

Arrive at Malaga Airport and transfer to your Hotel/Villa.

After settling in Aperitif in the Hotel/Villa lounge, with a brief presentation of the week-end activities, followed by a Welcome Dinner in the Restaurant.

Day 1

Following breakfast in the Hotel/Villa terrace (weather permitting) we will then get ready to go and visit a very interesting wine Bodega.

We will be visiting a wine bodega described as a heavenly spot, full of history, quiet, isolated and discreet.

After the visit we will then go for a tour of Ronda, following a brief tour of the city we will visit the Ronda wine museum. A full guided visit will take us through this total experience in the winery world. We will then have the pleasure to taste some of their wines before going for lunch in a tipycal Restaurant in Ronda centre.

We will then go back to the hotel for a little rest before having dinner in the Hotel Restaurant.

Day 2

Visit a bustling local market. Talk to various local suppliers and pick your fresh ingredients.

Enjoy an afternoon of hands on cooking experience, creating a delicious 4 course Mediterranean feast, including learning the art of real Mediterranean Food.

Sample the fruits of your labour while you cook and then relax on the pool terrace and have a chilled local wine or cava.

This evening we will take you out to a local Fish restaurant for some traditional Andalucian cuisine.

Day 3

Breakfast between 9.00 and 9.45 am. Trip to Jerez de la Frontera.

We willoffer you a complete guide to the most significant wine tourism resources of the city with a full guided visit to one of the most famous wine cellar in Jerez.

Lunch in a typical restaurant in the city centre. Afternoon back at the hotel. Free time before having dinner in the hotel.

Day 4

After a farewell breakfast to set you up on your journey home, the rest of the morning is yours to enjoy before we drive you back to the Airport and bid you farewell.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

COOKING CLASSES

MEDITERRANEAN COOKING COURSE
(Private Excursion min 2 people, max 8)

Discover the secret of traditional Spanish cooking the rustic Andalusian way, either as a meal or a selection of tapas. Our journey will begin at 10:00h and take you to a beautiful setting amidst the Ronda Mountains near Gaucin Village a mere hour away, where one of our chefs shall prepare 4 different Rustic dishes accompanied by popular red and white regional wines.

You will start by hand picking your ingredients from the nearby orchard and adjoining countryside and prepare everything with a full hands-on experience. (You cannot get more natural than that!)

In the eventuality of bad weather we will happily take you to the local Marbella market where you will select the products we shall be using in this afternoon's cooking class and in the process why not take this opportunity to buy something for yourself?! In this class you will learn how to make 5 accompanying dishes and gain a greater understanding of how to use basic ingredients such as olive oil and spices the Spanish way. These will be skills one can implement at home to impress friends and family to a veritable treat and you shall be transformed into a true Mediterranean Chef!

The breathtaking scenery of the natural park and the insight into the secret of Spanish cooking will create a moment you will always treasure full of entertainment and plenty of unique experiences.

Estimated Duration: 6 hours

TAPAS TOUR

SPANISH WINE TASTING AND TAPAS TOUR (Option 1)
Mijas Pueblo (Private Excursion min 2 people, max 8)

What better way to enjoy life than to sample the local foods and wine in style how the locals do. Here is your chance.

This half day excursion will consist of an introduction to wine tasting, explanation of the basic technique to discover the aroma and flavour of local and regional wines (white, rose, red and dessert wines). Enjoy a selection of gourmet tapas accompanying the tasting and then after a brief tour of the village of Mijas, sit down in the heart of the village to enjoy some of the local tapas to conclude an evening that your senses shall never forget!

We shall proceed to the village centre to a typical tapas bar and experience the practice of "tapeo". A clever formula that allows you to taste just about everything, not out of gluttony but culinary curiosity! As they say, variety is the spice of life and today you will become a wine and culinary connoisseur to boot.

A perfect way to conclude a perfect evening.

The tour includes tasting of selected wines accompanied by 3 designer tapas in the bodega and 3 tapas and 3 drinks in a local bar.

SPANISH WINE TASTING AND TAPAS TOUR (Option 2)
Gaucin Pueblo (Private Excursion 2 - 8)

What better way to enjoy life than to sample the local foods and wine in style how the locals do? Here is your chance.

This half day excursion will consist of an introduction to wine tasting, explanation of the basic technique to discover the aroma and flavour of local and regional wines (white, rose, red and dessert wines). Enjoy a selection of gourmet tapas accompanying the tasting and then after a brief tour of the village of Gaucin, sit down in the heart of the village to enjoy some of the local tapas to conclude an evening that your senses shall never forget!

We shall proceed to the village centre to a typical tapas bar and experience the practice of "tapeo". A clever formula that allows you to taste just about everything, not out of gluttony but culinary curiosity! As they say, variety is the spice of life and today you will become a wine and culinary connoisseur to boot. A perfect way to conclude a perfect evening

The tour includes tasting of selected wines accompanied by 3 designer tapas in the bodega and 3 tapas and 3 drinks in a local bar.

OLIVE OIL & WINE TOUR

ARTESIAN OLIVE OIL & ORGANIC WINE EXCURSION
(Private Excursion min 2 people, max 8)

Get to know the real Andalucia far away from the busy Costa de Sol and Tourist Resorts.

Our trip will take you up the mountainous road by the "Parque Nacional de Grazalema boasting beautiful rolling forest hills and mountains.

Our first stop will be a historic olive oil mill dating back to the 1700's and nestled between the "Sierra of Grazalema"(Cadiz) and "Sierra de Las Nieves" (Malaga), it is one of the last surviving mills to produce olive oil the artisan ways of old and whose main attraction must be Juan, the head family member and owner of the mill. Once the tour is finished you will be able to sample his oil with some country bread and a glass of his home made wine and even has the opportunity to purchase some of his oil and olive oil hand cream which works wonders!

Next we will depart for a local Organic Vineyard 20 minutes away where you will have a tour of the facilities and the learn the differences of this laborious preparation and attention to detail to ensure the highest quality of grape used for the organic winemaking. Lunch will follow where you can soak in the harmonious surroundings and sample the various wines on offer. We conclude with a brief walk through the natural gardens.

If you are able to leave after this wholesome experience where a nice siesta is in order, an optional stop in Ronda is possible on the way back to the resort. Here you will have a brief tour of the city visiting the famous "Puente Nuevo" (new bridge); the symbol and soul of the city, the bull ring (one of the oldest in Andalucia) and the main street for a spot of shopping if so desired.

A thoroughly fulfilling day you will not forget.

SHERRY TOUR

JEREZ AND ITS HISTORY
(Private Excursion min 2 people, max 8)

To speak of Jerez de La Frontera is to speak of its sherry wines which have formed an integral part of its culture, art forms and customs since 1100 BC, and with this in mind we wish to immerse you in its historical trademarks.

We will start the tour from the Cadiz area first stopping at the largest sherry cellar in Europe. Here you will be treated to a show of equestrian mastery from the Jerez Riding School (the progenitors of the world recognised Spanish Riding School in Vienna), followed by a detailed tour of the facilities. Sample the various sherry wines with some appetizers and learn the famous art of "Venenciar" - how to correctly pour the sherry into a glass. To end the visit you will have the opportunity to purchase any of the wines including their rarest Last Bottles at the bodega.

Following this unique experience you will be transported to the Puerto de Santa Maria (St. Mary's Port) to one of the oldest restaurants in the Jerez area where you can eat some of the most exotic selective fish and seafood dishes freshly caught that very morning.

Jerez is one of Spains's largest contributors of Andalucian culture on an international scale and this tour will bring the equestrian experience, seafood delights and sherry wines in unison for you to savour forever.

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  PRIVATE CHEF SERVICES  

Aren't you getting a bit sick and tired of hosting a party but never having the time to enjoy it? Do you find yourself spending hours (or days) in the kitchen instead of spending with your friends and family like you want to?

Do you have a family celebration or a special event coming up and you'd like to be truly memorable? Search no more... our private chef service is the answer to your needs.

Our private chef service was founded to meet the need of those wishing to offer their guests something truly special by hosting an elegant gourmet dinner party for friends, family, or business associates in the comfort and convenience of their own home or chosen venue.

With a wide variety of delicious Mediterranean style dishes from our Starters, Main Courses and Desserts you can choose to tailor make your dining experience to taste.

Alternatively why not try something a little different.  Our popular themed dinners will entice your guests and encourage them to sample new and exciting dishes.  We offer the following unique options:

  • A la carte Dining Experience
  • Tapas & Paella Night
  • BBQ Menus
  • Spanish Theme Dining Experience
  • Fresh Fish & Salads
  • Andalucia Evening
  • Seafood & Fresh Fish Night

So relax, sit back and enjoy your dining experience and leave the rest to us.

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  TEAM BUILDING CORPORATE DAYS  

Cooking Holiday Spain is the right partner for your corporate event, conference, incentive or business meeting in Spain.

We are a skilled, professional and international teams that provide the highest level of service, reliability, and integrity and an understanding of your individual needs and business culture.

We offers tailor made programs from a variety of activity and theme options to suit the individual needs of each client.

Get your team working together while having a great day out in the beautiful countryside by picking olives, grapes or lemons. After the days work is over, you can relax and build your strength at a feast in a country tavern set amongst the fertile valleys and tranquil hillsides of vineyards and orchards.

If cooking is not your passion, we have a variety of other activities that can be organised from golfing day, boat trips, go-karting, wine tours, sight seeing trips, scuba diving and much more.

With Cooking Holiday Spain your business event, incentive or conference is sure to be an extraordinary experience from start to end.

Contact us now and we will come back to you with the correct solution to your needs.

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  ABOUT COOKING HOLIDAY SPAIN  

Sergio RifugioI, Sergio Rifugio, will be your Host and Chef. I am Italian born but has spent the last 10 years in Andalucia, Spain, in the Marbella area working in a variety of top class establishments including the running of the Food & Beverage department for four different luxury complex on the Costa del Sol.

I am also very proud to let you know that Cooking Holiday Spain is now part of the Tourist Board and convention Bureau of Costa del Sol, becoming the first "legal" company in Andalucia specialized in culinary, winery and gastronomic activities.

The concept "CookingholidaySpain.com" was born in 2007 out of my great passion for anything to do with cooking, food, wine and everything that is connected with the gastronomic world.

Cooking Holiday Spain has grown out of the need to provide a more personal & private service for the most demanding customers.

Our high quality personalized gastronomic services will bring you closer to a world of Andalucian flavours, which are healthily Mediterranean and innovatively creative.

I am sure that there will be something for everyone here, and the enjoyment I got from planning and producing these memorable holidays will be shared by you too.

After many years involved in the tourism industry we realised that there was a demand for a smaller, more personalised operator who could offer a more unique experience, one far different from those encountered from large coach companies, therefore, we are a company believing in personalised, quality and hands-on service to all our clients insuring our promises are kept! Thus, more often than not, tourists come as clients and leave as part of the family!

There is no limit to passion and this is something that I love to share during your stay with us: "Cooking is the pleasure of a satisfying meal in good company."

In cooking we are only an extension of other people. One does not become a good cook in a vacuum, and certainly not overnight. It is a rather long process made up of exposure to good food and talented cooks.

Most of us have been moulded by someone we admire. My mother was my first mentor. Her food was simple, wonderfully honest, tasty and generous, and it is exactly on this basis that our cooking demonstrations are based.

My insatiable culinary curiosity has lead me to discover a wide range of different recipes and I have also been fortunate to be able to work with some extremely skilful and talented chefs, from whom I have stolen some secrets that I will share with you all.

All this has enriched me with a considerable "memory bank" that transcends any written recipes, a memory bank which is made up of tangible flavours spoken in different languages.

  CONTACT DETAILS  
COOKING HOLIDAY SPAIN LTD
Torremar Calle Roma 9
Benalmadena
Malaga
Spain
Telephone:
0034 637 802 743
Email:
info@cookingholidayspain.com
Web:
www.cookingholidayspain.com

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