This half day course is a unique and inspiring way to experience something new and learn a little about the gastronomic traditions of Southern Spain. You will return home with not just a memory but a new skill too.
Your host is Ruth Roberts, an Australian, who has been cooking in Seville since 1992 when she was the VIP chef at the British Pavilion during the World Expo. Guests included Prince Charles and Princess Diana, in 1995 she was one of the chefs at the Spanish Royal wedding of the Infanta Elena.
The half day class takes place in a private Seville home. You will learn how to make traditional Andalucian recepies such as gazpacho, Spanish tortilla, chicken cooked with almonds and saffron and seafood such as whole fish cooked in a salt crust and served with lemon oil.
The class will start with a visit to a local produce market where you will see an incredible range of seafood and game plus the local meats, fruit and vegetables. There is a late morning aperitif and at the end of the class lunch is served on the terrace overlooking the Seville Cathedral.
The Sierra of Aracena in the province of Huelva is a mountainous area north-west of Seville near to the Portuguese border. It is here that the finest hams in the world are made from the Iberian pig. These hams are cured in the mountain air for up to 3 years and are considered by many people to be the jewel in the crown of Spanish gastronomy. This area is situated about 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Seville.
Your host is Roger Davies, a wine connoisseur and first point of call for all things gastronomic in Seville. You will first visit a farm to see how the pigs are reared and then go on to see the installations of one of the best ham producers in the village of Jabugo, a mythical name in Spain for fine ham. An expert will show you around, explaining the processes involved in the production of ham and of other products which come from the Iberian pig. At the end of the visit you will be able to taste the wonderful ham along with a glass of the best fino. This is followed by a gourmet lunch in Aracena. You will sample the finest local produce including fresh cheese, ham, mushrooms, pork from the Iberian pig, wild asparagus, artichokes etc. Many of the dishes will vary according to the season. The meal will be accompanied by fine Spanish red wine and end with typical desserts.
Tapas is one of Spain´s most famous and enjoyable ways of having a meal. Why not go with a local expert and visit some of the bars off the tourist trail. Sam Lister of Tailormade Andalucia will introduce you to the local bars with their buzzing atmosphere where you can taste the local delicacies and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of Seville. During the tour you will visit three local tapas bars where apart from trying various dishes you will also learn about numerous Spanish wines.
Either lunchtime or evening, duration 3 hours. A minimum of 4 dishes will be sampled throughout the tour. Please inform us of any special requirements so that the tour can be tailor-made to suit.
Visit a boutique olive oil mill situated on the outskirts of El Viso del Alcor, 30 minutes from Seville. Accompanied by Roger Davies you will learn about everything that goes into making fine extra virgin olive oils, from the olive tree to the final product. The olive oil produced at the mill has won medals at tasting competitions all over the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, China and Israel. At the end of the visit there is a tasting which includes a dish that has been made using the extra virgin oil produced at the mill.