Towering over the plains of Castilla-La Mancha – the inspiration for timeless Spanish work Don Quixote – stands imperial Toledo with its Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences imparting an air of luxury into every occurrence within its fortified walls. Spain’s most flourishing city in the 14th and 15th centuries and its capital until 1563, this City of Three Cultures was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. One could say Toledo is currently undergoing a second, more refined, Renaissance: one of culture and of taste. Our Toledo exclusive culinary experience is an opportunity to discover Toledo’s gastronomy that reflects its mix of cultures where a good number of dishes combine Moorish and Christian influences: fragrant cochifrito (fried pork), perdiz roja estofoda (partridge stew), venado con setas (venison with foraged mushrooms), Castilla-La Mancha’s aromatic saffron and garlic cloves from Las Pedroñeras – renowned throughout the world – all act as rich fragments of the city’s history, their inviting scents emanating from the kitchen and through the salons, with preparations laborious, almost ritual-like.
Partake in an extremely private and exclusive cooking class in the Dean’s Palace with a master chef renowned for her mastery of ancient, local recipes and the finest local produce. The Palace is perched mere meters from the ex-capital’s prominent Cathedral: an inviting and historic manor with Mudéjar and Romanic origins named after old resident Prior Aruche, Dean to the Cathedral, in 1492. Partake in an extremely private and exclusive cooking class with a master chef renowned for her mastery of ancient, local recipes and the finest local produce.
Per Paladar y Tomar's proposal, Chef Asun will cordially greet you at her palace to prepare an exquisite game dish, hunted by Asun’s husband, son, and their Burgos Pointer hunting dogs (a Spanish breed that the husband, a geneticist and veterinarian, brought back from the brink of extinction). The game is varied: quail, hares, rabbits, ducks; all of which will become a traditional plate like your mother used to make you. Of course, good wines from the area will accompany the meal. There will be plenty of variety to choose from given that, on top of being the greatest vineyard region in the world, we can count nine designations of origin and one territorial designation in and around Toledo.
Will we select one from the Ercavios, made by our dear friends May, Gonzalo, and Alexandra in the neighboring town of Cabañas Yepes? Or will we be delighted by a Martúe, the bodega of our very good friend Fausto González, who named his bodega after his wife Marta’s nickname?
Asun is delighted by the French custom of having cheese for desert, so she has adopted it into her cuisine, but with a board of Spanish varietals and a homemade quince jam made with the fruit that grows on her property. Amongst the cheeses that you will be sampling, many will be made of goat cheese. The dessert will be one customary of the area and its main ingredient will be goat milk: Spanish toast, rice pudding, custard, or flan, all choices with some of the fruit of the season.
If there is time after your palatial cooking session, we can arrange for a visit to the dairy heaven that exists in Consuegra, only 30 minutes away from Toledo. Consuegra is a precious town that still retains its original Windmills. The Windmills there are same ones that inspired Cervantes when writing his novel The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote de la Mancha.
What type of food will we cook? Focused on traditional local specialties and ancient palatial cuisine, the speciality is game cuisine. In any case, the final menu can be decided in consultation with you.
Who is the chef? The chef is a well-renowned personality in the area; she shares her family traditions and exclusive acquired knowledge with her fortunate guests.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours | From 11 am to 4 pm
* Please let us know about any food allergy or intolerance.
Prices are available upon request; each session is different and can be adapted to suit your personal taste and diet, party details, needs, expectations and schedule.
- Exclusive access to a historic palace, privately owned and closed to the public
- A private chef, the owner of the palace
- Carefully selected local wines; we share our taste for wine
- Recipes sent afterwards (menu varies depending on the season)
- Private cooking class exclusively for you and your party
- Meal: Lunch
- Local taxes
- Personal purchases
- Transportation; your transfer can be arranged upon request from Madrid or Toledo