Greek cookery holiday

Greek Islands, Paros, Greece

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Tucked away in the peaceful and pretty village of Ambelas in Paros, this friendly family run hotel just a few minutes from the beach is the setting for your Greek cooking holiday experience.

Under the guidance of your fun and friendly Greek host Chef Stella, you will learn to cook delicious Greek dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The aim of the cookery holiday is to give you the skills to cook fabulous Greek dishes from the region to impress even the most experienced foodies back home. All cooking courses are hands-on and you’ll learn to cook in a traditional Greek kitchen.

Combine fun hands-on Greek cooking lessons with plenty of free time for relaxing and sunbathing on this 3 night / 4 day Greek cookery holiday with a difference.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced foodies
- Your hosts are Greek but speak perfect English
- Minimum age: 7 with no upper age limit (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

I'm travelling solo - can I join?
- These Greek cookery holidays make great singles holidays and in fact, many people travel solo
- Singles can join existing groups and rooms can be booked for a single supplement, to check availability for singles please contact us at hello@golearnto.com with your preferred date of travel

Can a non-cooking partner join me?
- Non cooking guests are welcome to share a room with a cooking guest and prices for the non-cooking guest will be discounted accordingly, please email hello@golearnto.com or call us for details

When can I start?
- This Greek cooking course runs from Monday to Friday in May, June, September and October (courses do not run in July or August as Stella is busy with the hotel and restaurant bookings in the peak season months)
- All courses include 3 nights / 4 days accommodation

Typical itinerary
Please note that the itinerary is for guidance only and times and menus may change subject to weather conditions and availability of fresh ingredients on the date of travel.

Day 1 – Arrival day
- Check-in to your accommodation anytime after 2pm
- Enjoy welcome aperitifs and Greek mezze with your host Stella and other guests
- In the evening you’ll sit down for a chat with Stella about what dishes you’ll be cooking that week and for her to find out a little more about any specific aims and goals for the course
- You are welcome to have dinner at the hotel or head out to one of the local tavernas (dinner is not included in the price)

Day 2 – Cooking class
- Enjoy a leisurely Greek breakfast and enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful village on your first morning
- Around 4.30pm, meet Stella for afternoon tea or coffee before starting your first Greek cooking lesson
- Today you’ll be cooking lamb with chick peas in the wood oven, tzatziki, fried zucchini and tomato balls and spinach pies
- After the cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy the traditional Greek fiesta where you’ll eat what you’ve learned to prepare accompanied by local wines (at an extra cost), homemade bread and of course, Greek music

Day 3 – Cooking class (Vine leaves)
- Enjoy a leisurely Greek breakfast and enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful village on your first morning
- Around 4.30pm, meet Stella for afternoon tea or coffee before starting your 2nd Greek cooking lesson
- Today you’ll learn to cook with vine leaves: picking leaves from the grape vines and blanching them, making the stuffing, and rolling dolmadakia, preparing eggplants imam, stuffed tomatoes and vegetables in the oven
- After the cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy the food you’ve learned to cook with local wines (at an extra cost) and homemade bread

Day 4 – Departure day
- After breakfast, guests are asked to check-out of their rooms by 11am ready for departure taking home with them new cooking skills and an insight into Greek life that will stay with them long after the holiday is over

What will I learn?
- Courses concentrate on the typical cuisine of Greece: its mezze, meat and vine leaves with plenty of fresh herbs
- At the start of your stay, Stella will discuss menus with you to ensure you cover any particular skills you want to learn during your course

Sample Greek menus
Dishes vary according to the season and what food is available but may include:
- Lamb and potato cooked in a wood oven
- Tzatziki
- Zucchini and tomato balls
- Spinach pies
- Stuffed vine leaves
- Dolmadakia
- Stuffed tomatoes
- Dietary requests can be catered for including vegetarians if advised at the time of booking

About your chef
- Your host is the easy going, fun and friendly Stella who has run the studios with her family for 20 years
- Stella has been cooking in the hotel restaurant for 20 years and over the past few years has been persuaded to start her own cookery courses teaching her secrets to visitors to Paros
- Stella’s philosophy is that food is central to life and believes that meals should be full of flavour, made with fresh seasonal ingredients and not too difficult to prepare

Where will I be staying?
- You’ll stay in a family run hotel set in the pretty fishing village of Ambelas just a few minutes from the beautiful unspoilt beaches of Paros
- Single travellers will have to pay a compulsory single supplement as it is not possible to share a room on this holiday
- Your accommodation is located just 3 kilometres from cosmopolitan Naoussa on Paros island
- The hotel can accommodate up to 45 guests and you’ll stay in a double or twin rooms all with ensuite bathrooms
- Furnished in typical Greek style, your room will have a double or twin beds, private bathroom and a delightful view
- The hotel has a lovely swimming pool, sunbeds, basketball pitch, beach umbrellas, WiFi, gardens and a kids pool for guests to use

Are meals included?
- Breakfast is included each day
- Meals are included as per the itinerary after your cooking lessons
- Wine is included with dinner