Learning how to cook authentic paella in Madrid

Food Chronicles

A Day at the Cooking Point in Madrid

Aside from food tours, another great way to learn about a region’s food is through cooking classes.

About Cooking Point in Madrid

Cooking Point is Madrid’s first official cooking school for tourists. There are two classes, one for paella and one for tapas. The paella class also teaches you how to make sangria and gazpacho for a complete lunch.

Each class accommodates up to 12 people with 2 persons per stovetop. The small size allows for a more intimate learning experience so you can really learn how to make the dishes from your instructor.

 

Watch the video below featuring my cooking experience at Cooking Point in Madrid

 

Paella Cooking Class in Photos

Local Food Market Visit

The class begins with a visit to the nearby local market where you will pick up ingredients for your lesson. You will get fruits for your sangria as well as vegetables, meat, and seafood for your gazpacho and paella

 

Hands-On Learning

As soon as you return from the market, you will go back to the classroom for a hands-on cooking experience. The first lesson, mixing your sangria! You will learn a local recipe that combines red wine with local Spanish vermut
While your sangria chills in the refrigerator, it is time to make the gazpacho. You will learn the professional method of weighing your ingredients for precision and consistency of taste. The freshness of the ingredients from the market really enhance the flavors of the gazpacho
As soon as you return from the market, you will go back to the classroom for a hands-on cooking experience. The first lesson, mixing your sangria! You will learn a local recipe that combines red wine with local Spanish vermut

 

Eating Your Paella

Once your paella is finished cooking, you help clean up the kitchen and make the table setting for lunch. You get to eat and drink all that you cooked! The instructor goes around making sure your finished product tastes as it should in terms of taste and texture
The best part about this paella cooking class is that you will learn that cooking paella is not at all intimidating. You can easily do it at home so long as you have all the ingredients (which you can buy from Spain, such as the saffron)

 

Find out more about Cooking Point on their website: https://cookingpoint.es/

 


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