Here’s a quick and exciting wrap-up of my amazing Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid with EatWith – one of the absolute highlights of my recent 3-day Madrid Itinerary.

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My Amazing Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid

Why to cook with the Spanish chef?

While Madrid is one of my favorite Spanish destinations and I have already lost count of my numerous visits to the city, this time it has managed to surprise me once again with a new foodie experience – the Spanish Cooking Class with a local chef.

Getting a masterclass from a local is always about authentic culinary creativity at its finest.

Local cooks can infuse their dishes with both cultural heritage and professional techniques, which results in an unmatched gastronomic experience. So, if you think that you already know Spanish food pretty well, just book a class with a local chef to lose this certainty once and for all.

A Spanish Cooking Class with a local chef will provide you with an endless list of secret tips & techniques to prepare your meals the same way Spaniards do!

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Secret Cooking Tips From the Spanish Chef

While you can find lots of recipes online, those honestly pale in comparison with what any Spanish chef can share with you thanks to having a huge experience and personal know-how up his/her sleeve.

Eatwith is an ultimate platform for foodies, which offers dinners with locals, cooking classes & food tours around the world, while establishing connection between travelers and locals – you can more here.

During my Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid with Eatwith we somehow ended up with a brief olive oil masterclass (in between the cooking & tasting). It all started with our chef, Lola, telling us she was using at least 4 different types of olive oil in her kitchen. We could not pass on the opportunity to find out more and somehow made her reveal a few personal cuisine secrets along the way.

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Learning more about different types of olive oil during my Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid
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My Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid with Eatwith

About My Spanish Cooking Class

This Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid with Eatwith was already my second cooking-with-chef experience in Spain (following San Sebastian). However, since this time we were a group of 6, it has almost felt like a private course on traditional Spanish meals.

The atmosphere was very casual & relaxing, while Lola kept filling our glasses with local wine and we went on sharing our exciting travel experiences in Spain. So, it was way more than learning a few kitchen tricks – delicious food and great company were essential parts of the whole event as well.

So, what were we preparing during this Spanish Cooking Class?

  • Russian Salad (or Ensaladilla Rusa in Spanish)
  • Spanish Ham Croquettes (or Croquetas de Jamon in Spanish)
  • Black Rice (or Arroz Negro in Spanish)
  • Ajoarriero Cod (or Bacalao al ajoarriero)

I loved that at the end of class, Lola provided us with the recipe copies to keep embracing our Spanish cooking skills at home. You can check out our work-in-process via this IG Reel.

My personal highlights of this Spanish Cooking Class were paella and croquettes, here’s why.

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Lola´s Spanish Kitchen
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Making My First Croquettes

Authentic Spanish Croquettes should literally come with the tag “easier said than done”.

Can you believe that while I have tried those in restaurants hundreds of times I have never prepared them at home? – I had a feeling there was a precise technique and careful measurements behind those croquetas. Especially, if you seek to attain the perfect texture.

So, a Spanish Cooking Class is the best place to actually learn and practice your skills with Spanish Ham Croquettes. Now I can´t wait to prepare those croquetas at home and experiment with the fillings.

Cooking Paella in Restaurants

While living in Valencia for 15+ years has already made paella an unmissable attribute of my Sundays, this Spanish Cooking Class has finally shed some light on how Spaniards actually prepare paella in restaurants. Especially, since I have already shared on the blog how my Valencian mother-in-law prepares paella, it was great to know other approaches.

Well, I do not want to reveal too much of the chef´s know-how here…

But keep in mind there are some strict rules when it comes to real paella (if you do not want to upset the Spaniards as Jamie Oliver did). The traditional Valencian paella includes rabbit, snails, and garrafones (e.g. Valencian butter beans). So, while international travelers call every rice dish “paella“, in authentic Spanish restaurants you will find the different varieties of paella under the name of arroz (e.g. “a rice with”).

During this Spanish Cooking Class we were learning to cook the Black rice, one of my local favorites. This dish owes its color to the squid ink and is often consumed with the garlic ali-oli sauce. Lola was also teaching us how to make socorrat, the slightly burnt crunchy rice at the bottom of the paella. As she casually highlighted to us “When a technique has a particular name in Spain, it means it is a big deal”.

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Learning the secrets of Spanish paella

My impressions of this Madrid Cooking Class

All in all, this Spanish Cooking Class experience was both handy and enjoyable. Our chef, Lola, was so generous in sharing her tips and experiences with the traditional Spanish cuisine. On top of that, the class ended with a delicious lunch in the company of a few newly-made American friends.

As I have already confessed during my recent Cider House Tour, it is unbelievable how easy the connection with strangers flows over a new delicious meal. My recent Spanish Cooking Class has only reassured me that food gathering means so much more than we might think…

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If the rice does not fall off the pan – you´ve probably nailed socorrat

Unique Foodie Experiences in Madrid

Madrid is a great place to find cooking classes and foodie experiences. As the capital of the country and the center of all the national roads, the city is such a creative hub when it comes to national gastronomic inventions.

In Madrid, you can explore the diverse cuisine of Spanish regions & provinces, and learn the best tips from the locals to master the Spanish cuisine like a pro.

Here are a few unique foodie experiences not to miss in Madrid:

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