Paella & the Cuisines of Coastal Spain

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Skill Level: Medium

The cuisine of Valencia is one based on rice cookery and the most famous dish is paella. This lesson will teach you to dissect and explain the simple grain of rice, enabling you to select and cook rice with confidence.
We will examine the food products from the regions and explore the Moorish influence left on the Iberian peninsula. Most notably, we will see how each region is uniquely influenced by the Mediterranean Sea.


  • Historical and geopolitical influences on regional cuisines
  • A delve into the origins of cassoulet
  • Italian influence on Provencal cuisine
  • The culture and dining rituals on coastal spain & Nutrition

Science & Nutrition

  • Rice and grain structure Technique

Cooking Technique

  • Correct knife skills
  • Timing, planning, and organisation in a kitchen
  • Paella
  • Salad dressing
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Fish stocks and soups
  • Tapas and pintxos


  • Regional wines
  • Regional charcuterie and cheeses
  • Spice blends and regional herbs
  • Authentic pantry items

Workshop Sessions

Workshop Sessions

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The Mediterranean Culinary Academy classroom at No 5, Sappers Street, Valletta

All of our workshops will be held at our purposely-designed professional kitchen class room on Sapper Street in Valletta, conveniently close to the nearby open-air public car park.

Our modular classroom has been created to morph effortlessly between technical and theory exercises, with plenty of space for you to work, cook and learn. Designed for up to 12 students and a lecturer at a time, our classroom is also home to the latest cooking equipment – although it still feels like a comfortable home kitchen.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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What's included?

  • Food & Drink
  • Use of Equipment

75 4 hours over 1 Session