The Algarve is known for its beautiful beaches, but its cuisine is full of undiscovered treasures. Cut through the touristy noise and take this class at Mimo, which will bring you to the heart of what makes the Algarvian cuisine so special. In this small zone, we find the freshest seafood, lovely and delicious humble dishes, and farm-fresh produce.
We will prepare dishes with humble origins, and some of them we will learn how to give a modern spin. While you sip on some Portuguese wine, our chef instructor will explain the history behind the dishes as well. If you want to take away a primer on the cuisine of the local culture, this is the class for you. The class includes:
bilingual instruction with the local chefs aperitif & digestif hands-on preparation with top-quality produce recipes gourmet dinner with wines souvenir
Each Mimo Algarve Cooking Class ends with a delicious lunch and carefully chosen wine pairings. You will gather around our beautiful dining table to enjoy what you and your fellow classmates have created using your newly acquired techniques.
Guests should come in closed-toe shoes, no flip-flops.
What if I am a vegetarian or I have food allergies?
Preparations in this class contain meat & seafood. However, upon request, a special lunch adapted to dietary needs can be provided at the end of the class.
What is the minimum age for this experience?
The minimum age for the cooking classes is 12 years old.
How big are the groups?
We like to keep our groups small. Generally, our cooking classes have a maximum of 18 guests per experience.
What do I bring to the cooking class?
Come as you are! We provide aprons. A good tip might be to bring a notebook and pen, so you can take notes to remember all the small facts and tips our chefs will give you.
Are the classes presentation-based or more hands-on?
Hands on. Although if you prefer presentation, let us know and we can adapt accordingly.
What’s included in the price?
All food and drinks and VAT are included in the price of our experiences. There is not anything extra you ever need to pay for. The experiences also include your expert Mimo bilingual guide/translator. More details of what is included in each tour are provided under each product on the website.
Do your guides speak clearly in English?
Yes, all guides speak fluent English with years of experience living in English speaking countries. Some guides are native English speakers and all have very high levels of proficiency, speaking many languages.
Where is the meeting point for your experiences?
The meeting point is Mimo Algarve Cooking School located at the Lemon Square of Pine Cliffs Resort. Click here for a google map.
When does the experience start and do I need to arrive early?
All start time information is displayed on our website under each experience. We strongly recommend guests arrive at our studio between 5 and 10 minutes before any experience starts.
Do you offer private classes?
Yes, we offer private classes. Contact us or see specific information on the website for further details.
Are experiences available in other languages?
All classes are run in English but private classes can be arranged in other languages.
I am allergic to certain foods – is this going to be a problem?
No problem. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know. We will ensure you will have the best alternatives.
I don’t drink alcohol, is there a discount?
If you do not drink alcohol, we cannot offer a discount but will make sure you have the best alternatives available with a wide range of excellent soft drinks and juices available.
What if the experience I would like to do is not available on a certain date?
Email or call us and we will do our best to open a new date in the calendar.
Born in the Algarve in a small fishing village, Lucia was accustomed to cooking with and eating a variety of fresh produce from a young age. Her grandparents come from the countryside and always maintained fresh vegetable and fruit gardens. Getting together around a table of food is very important to Lucia. Her passion for cooking started at a young age.
She moved to England as a teenager, where she studied and worked in the business world until she made the leap into the professional kitchen. She travels a lot and has lived in Spain and New York, as well, working in the hospitality and the wine industry. However, her heart was always in the kitchen. In her free time, she likes to go back to her roots—literally. You can find her at the ocean or in her in the garden, where she grows and picks her vegetables.