Greek cooking classes with Korina or Lena

Korina is a self-taught cook who has been creating dishes in the kitchen since she was a girl. She is committed to using fresh local ingredients and her greatest culinary aim is to satisfy her diners. She lives in a northern suburb of Athens and has a wonderful patio overlooking a garden.

Lena is a native Athenian but her family roots are from both Corfu in the west and Asia Minor in the east, and she draws her inspiration in cooking from both of these traditions. In fact, some of her recipes date back generations. Her apartment is located in the north of Athens, overlooking a large garden.

  • Duration

    4-5 Hours

  • Location

    Athens

  • Adults

    75.00 €

  • Children (12-17 years)

    52.00 €

  • Children (6-11 years)

    38.00 €

  • Children (0-5 years)

    Free

From: 75.00 €

Forget the chef’s hats – in their own kitchens, your instructors will show you just how traditional Greek dishes are made right at home, where real cooking happens. You might find out how to make spanakopita (spinach pie), for instance, a snack that’s as tasty as it is fun to put together, or learn to master ravani, a sweet semolina cake that may quickly become your favorite dessert. Whatever you make, it will be authentic, made with fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible, and you’ll be right up to your elbows in it!

You’ll discover techniques as well as recipes, and you’ll hear, too, the story of each dish – where it comes from and what it means to the family of the cook that’s teaching you. Don’t forget that nearly all the cooks in Greece are home-taught, and culinary wisdom is passed down from generation to generation. On the other hand, each cook is different as well, so you’ll also find out how tastes and dishes have evolved over time. Then, once all the cooking and the teaching are over, you’ll get to eat everything you’ve made, in a start-to-finish experience that’s miles apart from ordering this meal at a restaurant.

These recipes are easy to learn and don’t involve any restaurant-caliber equipment or rare ingredients, so you’ll have no problem replicating them yourself back at home. Your cooks will also share helpful kitchen tips and explain variations on the dishes as well.

This is not cooking under pressure; instead, it’s a relaxed introduction to Greek cuisine that works whether you’re an occasional cook or an aspiring chef. It’s also a great chance to see another aspect of Greek society – in Greece, the kitchen is the heart of every house, and probably half of all daily conversations between friends or family begin with: “What are you having for dinner?” This means that with this lesson, as well as learning recipes, you’ll learn a little more about the national character, too.

Menu (Korina):

Cheesy Feta Parcels – Feta cheese wrapped in filo pastry, fried and drizzled with honey and black sesame seeds

Horiatiki / Greek salad -Tomato, cucumber, red onion, capers, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, oregano, olive oil dressing (during summer)

Giouvarlakia –  Famous Greek meatball soup, a classic delicacy full of Mediterranean flavors, juicy beef meatballs and rice, finished off with a delicious egg lemon sauce (avgolemono)

Ravani – A soft, sweet semolina cake soaked in lemony syrup and served with a scoop of kaimaki (Orchid and Mastic ice cream).

Drinks: Red or white wine

After Dinner:

  • Αpple geranium apéritif
  • Rakomelo: boiled “tsikoudia” (traditional distilled pomace spirit) with honey, cinnamon & cloves)
  • Coffee or Greek herbal tea

Menu (Lena)

Classic Greek salad – Juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, sliced red onion, green peppers, feta cheese and Greek olives with oregano/olive oil dressing

Spinach pies (Spanakopita) – Pita (pie) is to the Greeks what Pizza is to the Italians. Spinach pies with Greek feta cheese, rolled into individual servings (spanakopitakia), in a home made dough

Soutzoukakia – A traditional dish coming from the Greeks of Asia Minor: Spicy meat balls cooked in tomato sauce served with rice cooked in butter

Pasta Flora – A delightful traditional jam tart, one of the most delicious, authentic sweet treats of Greece!

Drinks:

  • Red wine or Ouzo, an anise-flavored drink and a staple of Greek culture
  • Coffee or tea

Highlights:

  • Learning new recipesand new skills so you can create your own Greek feast back home
  • Seeing where food and the rituals of cooking really fit into Greek culture
  • Enjoying the casual yet warm hospitality of your host’s home
  • Eating what you make– the best part of any cooking class!

Inclusions:

Preparation of the meal

Food and drinks as described in the menu


Not included:

Transportation to/from your guest’s home

Korina

  • Your hosts need some time to prepare a memorable experience for you so bookings need to be made at least 2 days before the date you want to immerse in the Greek cuisine.
  • Please note that this activity will take place only if the minimum number of 4 participants is met so we will confirm your booking 2 days prior to the activity date.
  • Korina can also accommodate vegetarians and vegans if you secure a private experience with her.
  • If you suffer from any food allergies or have special dietary requirements, you are kindly requested to contact us in advance before booking this tour.
  • Your meeting location is in Chalandri. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.
  • This activity does not operate on January 1st and December 25th.

Lena

  • Your hosts need some time to prepare a memorable experience for you so bookings need to be made at least 2 days before the date you want to immerse in the Greek cuisine.
  • Please note that this activity will take place only if the minimum number of 4 participants is met so we will confirm your booking 2 days prior to the activity date.
  • Lena can also accommodate vegetarians and vegans if you secure a private experience with her.If you suffer from any food allergies or have special dietary requirements, you are kindly requested to contact us in advance before booking this tour.
  • Your meeting location is in Aghia Paraskevi. Detailed meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.
  • This activity does not operate on January 1st and December 25th.