Rick Stein’s cooking adventures through various parts of the world have long captivated on BBC Lifestyle and brought to viewers in South Africa, through DSTV.  Over the years viewers have been eager to pick up a handy tip here, some of Stein’s infectious passion for the food there, always interspersed with a travelogue-feel good energy from his travels.

His latest offering, Rick Stein’s Spain, is presently being screened on BBC Lifestyle, and is one of his best yet.

Driving his chum’s rather clapped-out camper van, which he describes as his Rocinante, Rick embarks on a culinary journey laced with history, literature and stunning photography through Spain.

He visits small, ordinary restaurants, traveling through some of the most spectacular scenery, learning to cook regional authentic dishes along the way, as well as giving a sense of place as he drives through the countryside. Although there are a few dishes that we would struggle to find ingredients for in South Africa, the majority of the 140 recipes are easy to cook at home.  And there are Rick’s interpretations of all the Spanish classics as well.  A book well worth investing in and one that we will use as inspiration when developing new Spanish cooking classes at Wickedfood Cooking School.

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Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studio. Cookery classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – teambuilding cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference. Our cooking lessons are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.