Greek Cooking Workshop
The fresh taste of a Greek salad, the smell of moussaka and the joy of tzatziki on toasted bread. Don’t you wish you could take a piece of Greece with you after your holiday there? You can if you visit one of my Greek cooking workshops. Learn how to make these delicious dishes in an easy way. Return home as a great cook and impress your family and friends with your new skills.
Cooking tricks and secrets
During my Greek cooking workshops I will teach you how to bake, cook, roast and grill using my family’s traditional cooking tricks and secrets. We will combine modern and traditional methods and learn correct chopping and slicing techniques.
For fresh fish we go to the local market in Poros-town, where pastel-coloured houses are strewn across the mountainside. Yachts the size of palaces float next to fishing boats. We cross the small stretch of sea over to the Peloponnese peninsula, for a visit to my olive farm. There we harvest the fresh ingredients we need for the recipes, like tomatoes, eggplants, courgettes and basil. Grown under the Mediterranean sun, the vegetables are uniquely delicious.
Time to taste
When all the hard work in the kitchen is done, it’s time to taste! In the evening we all eat together in the Odyssey bistro, surrounded by bougainvillea, geraniums and herbs in pots. Greek music plays in the background, while we enjoy the fruits of our labour together under the stars.
Would you like to cook and create unforgettable experiences with me? You can follow a half-day workshop or book an entire week of cooking. I am very open to suggestions if there is anything in particular that you would like to learn. During the half-day workshops we make several starters, main courses and desserts.
Come and discover my family ‘s Greek kitchen!
Have you ever wondered of what exactly the dishes Kleftiko, Gyros, Souvlaki Meze are made of, or better yet, would you like to learn how you can make these delicious dishes yourself? In that case, our Greek cooking workshop is for you. In a friendly and informal atmosphere you learn to prepare these dishes yourself in the traditional Greek way. Afterwards you enjoy the homemade dishes in our cozy Odyssey’s Corner Bistro together with your family or friends.
Greek Cooking Workshop
Katerina can give you a private Greek cooking workshop, but also teaches groups of up to ten people. In our half day Greek cooking workshop, we discuss the dishes that will be prepared with our chefs. Our rates start at 65 euro per person; workshop, ingredients and drinks are all included.
Greek Cooking Week
The most popular is our Greek Cooking Week. This culinary holiday includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, four cooking classes, an additional two excursions and a transfer from Athens or Athens airport to Poros.
Dates 2020 – Greek Cooking Week
April 11-18 and 18-25
May 2-9 and May 30 – June 6
September 5-12 and 19-26
Oktober 17-24 (special olive picking and cooking week)
The prices in the overview are per person, but based on the assumption that two people will share one suite for seven nights. The currency is in Euro. For some activities the transfer from the airport to Odyssey is included, in those cases you can subtract 100 Euro in case you undertake the journey to Poros by yourself.
|01/01 – 30/4||1/5 – 15/7||16/7 – 31/8||1/9 – 30/9||1/10 – 31/12|
|Workshop Greek Cooking (full board including transfer)||on request||2350,00||2575,00||2350,00||on request|
|Workshop Greek Cooking (full board including transfer, non cooking partner)||on request||1950,00||2175,00||1950,00||on request|
|Cooking Lesson, 1 Session (incl. meal)||on request||65,00||75,00||65,00||on request|
Included in the Greek Cooking Week:
– 7 nights in Odyssey Centre, including daily breakfast.
– 4 Greek cooking workshops, followed by dinner.
– 3 Additional dinners in our bistro (Odyssey’s Corner) or other local tavernas.
– 6 Daily lunches, either in our restaurant, on-site or a picnic.
– 2 Guided tours (see weekly program), depending on the holiday Month.
– 1 Guided trip to the island of Hydra.
Arrival: Transfer by taxi from the airport in Athens to Odyssey Centre Poros Island
Departure: Transfer by taxi to hydrofoil or ferry and then on with a taxi from Piraeus to the airport or hotel in Athens.
Extras: Recipe book, Cooking School apron
The prices including transfers as indicated in the weekly program if the following conditions can be met,
–>The arrival at the airport in Athens should be, between 10:30 and 18:30.
–>Departure from Athens Airport after 12:00.
-The prices without transfer and you make the journey from airport to Odyssey by yourself.
-In case of included transfer we need the flight number and arrival time at least 1 week in advance!
-If you would prefer that the taxi pick you up from a different location in Athens instead of the airport, this is possible, just let us know in advance.
*Companion: Weekly program only without any cooking related items such as cooking classes and preparatory sessions or trips
Program Greek Cooking Week
Day 1. Arrival Saturday: Your hostess and chef, Katerina Sakelliou will welcome you upon arrival. The afternoon is kept free for you to explore the area around Askeli, you can take a refreshing swim in the clear blue sea or relax by the nearby pool. In the evening Katerina will introduce you to a number of dishes you will learn to cook during your “cooking holiday”. Dinner is served in our bistro Odyssey’s Corner.
Day 2. Sunday: After breakfast menus and recipes of the week are discussed. Lunch is served at 12:30. You can explore the idyllic beaches or Poros town . At 14.30 starts the first cooking class, we start with a small tour of the kitchen and garden, with all the fresh herbs that we will be using during our cooking lessons . Around 17.00 hours, you return for an aperitif and start finalizing dinner. Then you can enjoy all specialties you prepared in a lovely relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.
Day 3. Monday: After an early breakfast we start with a historical walk into Poros, you’ll walk through the small alleys and pass by at the fish market in the port. Here you can choose from an extensive range of fresh fish and other local ingredients. Afterwards we’ll take a break in one of the cozy terraces for a coffee and snack. After lunch in Odyssey you might take a siesta. Second cooking class begins in the afternoon and while enjoying a local wine you’ll get started with the fish and other ingredients you selected in Poros. The fish can be grilled on the BBQ, then served with some freshly prepared salads, sauces, and roasted vegetables. Alternatives are cooking the fish in the oven or frying it in olive oil from our own olive grove.
Day 4. Tuesday: Today is devoted to a visit to the car-free island of Hydra, neighboring island of the Saronic gulf with a picturesque harbor-town. Hydra has a rich history and there are many sights and small churches. The narrow streets are full of small artistic shops. You are free to enjoy Hydra by yourself after the wonderful and friendly tour that you are getting from our guide. On return to Poros dinner will be served at Odyssey or we go to a local tavern to eat.
Day 5. Wednesday: Depending on the season we will visit a number of locations to learn some more about the importance of seasonal ingredients in Greek cuisine, such as picking of indigenous vegetables and herbs. A cooking class is taking place either at the Odysseys cooking studio or on location. Lunch is at Odyssey (or picnic).
Day 6. Thursday: After breakfast you will visit our own lemon and olive grove to learn a bit more about the use of these ingredients in Greek cuisine. In this orchard, lunch is served picnic-style. After returning to Odyssey we begin in the afternoon on our third cooking: a traditional Greek meal which can be enjoyed under a balmy summer night sky in a lovely and relaxed atmosphere.Tonight is the last and most special cooking class, and the preparation of this dinner promises an authentic Greek experience with several surprises
Day 7. Friday: This is a day that you can devote entirely to yourself. You can explore the island itself, or perhaps the mainland (the Peloponnese). But just relax on the beach or by the pool is also possible. There is plenty of choice in excursions and activities and we will give you advice on the possibilities. Lunch will be served around 13:00 at Odyssey and dinner at around 20.00.
Day 8. Saturday: departure, after your delicious breakfast this “working holiday” is already over.
For more information, availability and bookings email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Efxaristoume kai Kalo taxidi! – Bedankt en goede reis!
Reviews Greek cooking workshop
I discovered the Odyssey Cooking Centre in 2010 when I was travelling to Greece alone and looking for a structured holiday. I made the booking with no clear idea of what to expect, maybe a bit of swimming, cooking and relaxing. Little did I know that 7 days at The Odyssey with Katarina, Brian and the team would have such an impact on me. I have returned to The Odyssey for 5 consecutive years to cook and to see my ‘family’. I would describe the cooking classes as a good balance between:
• Learning new recipes and cooking techniques,
• gaining an understanding of Greek traditions and cultures,
• cooking as part of a team,
• tasting the food and having some good local wines.
The Odyssey is far more than just about the cooking though. It is truly a place where you are made to feel at home. The atmosphere is one of happiness, friendship and relaxation. When once asked which ingredient was used the most in Katarina’s recipes I at first was thinking of an array of herbs and spices. However, after my summer holidays spent cooking with Katarina I can honestly say that the one constant ingredient is love. It is an experience that you will never forget and have you wanting to return year after year.
Ingrid – South Africa
There’s something magical about Odyssey Centre and it starts with Katerina. Her big heart and generous spirit fill the air and bring out the best in everyone – staff and guests included. My two week vacation included a week in Santorini but it is the week in Poros I’ll always remember. It was the perfect recipe of relaxation, opportunities for fun excursions, and, of course, lots of time in the kitchen cooking, laughing, and drinking wine. I came home rejuvenated and excited to get into my own kitchen to try out the many new recipes I learned…and a little bit heartbroken about leaving my new friends.
Lori – U.S.A.
I had always wanted to go to Greece – even as a child, it was on my list of places I wanted to visit. As I approached a milestone birthday, I figured this was the summer to visit the country. Since I have an appreciation for food (both preparing and eating – naturally), I figured there was no better way other than a cooking school to learn about and experience Greece. A quick Google search for “cooking schools in Greece” took me to Katerina’s cooking school.
When I arrived in Poros, I was immediately in love with the location. After being in Athens for four days and seeing tourist attractions that I can remember now, the water and landscape of the island was a sensational welcome.
When I met Katerina, it was if I had known her my whole life; I still joke that I must be related to her in some former life. Katerina’s Greek cooking school is like none other. Once you set foot in her presences, you immediately feel as if you’re family and you’re treated like family. That probably has to do with the fact that the staff at Katerina’s school work together like a family. Katerina takes time to know what you, as a student, want to experience while attending her school. She actively works to incorporate this and ensure that your time spent with her and with her staff is enjoyable.
Katerina is selfless in how she works to accommodate you as a student. Her understanding of the Greek culture and history are vital ingredients to the overall experience she creates for everyone. With sneak peeks and tastes of the food being prepared, to afternoon cocktails with Mastiha, to learning secrets on how to perfect the perfect Baklava, the experience that Katerina will resonate with me for years to come.
I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Many of the visitors that were at the school during the time I was there had been there multiple times before. Needless to say, I can see myself going back in the years to come and never being disappointed.
Linda – U.S.A.