We had an amazing evening with great guidance and lovely food. We were lucky that our group was quite small. I can imagine that if the group was much larger that the experience would be less. Fernando was great in making a nice joke but also explaining us lots during the workshop. It is definitly worth doing this workshop!!
The concept is good, however, there are some kinks that should be addressed. There should be a limit to the number of people they book for the tour. The night of our tour there were 30 people, way too many for a hands on class. Our tour was on Sunday, and we were informed that the market was closed, so there would be no visit, one of the reasons we booked this tour was the inclusion of a market visit before the cooking experience. It was a very loud crowd (perhaps too much sangria?) and very hard to experience the true culture of Spanish food. We were very disappointed in this tour, it is not what we have come to expect when booking with Viator.
We met at a local bar and the Chef was already there along with his assistant. The group was about 30 people and everyone was so pleasant. We walked a few blocks to the market to purchase the ingredients for the meal. The market was AMAZING! You could buy everything from meats, to seafood to fruits and vegetables. The chef was very detail and explained the items we would be using.We then walked to the cooking venue, which took about 5 to 7 minutes to arrive. The dining area was dimly lit and that gave off a cozy and charming feel . The cooking area had a huge table and lots of utensils and pots. This experience was AWESOME and FUN. We make seafood paella and sangria. All the people in our group were so much fun. We had a blast. The meal was DELICIOUS and so was the sangria. I definitely recommend this cooking tour when in Barcelona. You won't be disappointed. I wish I was able to post a picture of the experience. That way interested parties can have a glimpse of what to expect. Just do it though. It's a great way to experience traditional paella and sangria, without breaking the budget..
The experience was great. I really enjoyed it. the instructor was very good at explaining what was going on the only suggestion I have is be sure you are prepared for a good rapid walk through town I have arthritis and did not have the best walking shoes on for the experience that part was a little hard for me otherwise I enjoyed the whole process
The group was overbooked and an extremely rowdy group of girls drank way too much sangria and, frankly, ruined the experience for the majority of people. Families who had brought teenage children ended up not staying to eat dinner because the girls were so out of control. As for cooking, hardly anyone got to participate because the group was too large so it was mostly just observation which I found to be very misleading. At the end, you are not even presented with the recipes, just given a card that has an online link to the recipes which they ask you to take a picture of. Basically, you are just paying to eat and drink if you attend this, forget actually learning to cook paella.
Very fun experience for all. We walked away with some valuable cooking tips my favorite was chopping the perfect onion, and 6 new Facebook friends from all around the World. If you are looking for a great Social experience, with free flowing Sangria and lots of laughs, you should book this experience. Tremendous value for the money!