An Icelandic Cooking class, Tasting Session and Gourmet Lunch – all in one package!
Immerse yourself into Icelandic cuisine, food traditions and culture in this hands-on, highly interactive 3.5-4 hour cooking class in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Under the supervision of a chef, prepare and plate a three course gourmet meal from fresh, local ingredients and then enjoy your creation with a glass of wine. Sample local specialties such as home made Icelandic rye bread, dung smoked Arctic char, dried Atlantic wolfish, smoked free-roaming lamb and selected local beer, during the tasting session. All participants will work together to create each dish, usually 3 courses, ensuring success when the dishes are recreated at home. At the end of the class you will be rewarded with a delicious meal that you have prepared accompanied by a glass of well-earned wine.
Deepen your knowledge of Icelandic culinary and cultural traditions and enjoy personalized guidance from your instructor. At Salt Eldhus, the class sizes are small, limited to 16 people making the environment intimate and inviting.
How the cooking class works
The cooking experience starts at 10 am for lunch class and participants meet at the cooking school. Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and water upon arrival and take part in a short safety briefing before embarking on the 3.5-4 hour culinary journey ahead. After washing of hands and putting on aprons, the instructor presents the 3 course menu to be cooked, the ingredients to be used and explains their significance to the local cuisine. Although the menu may vary according to season, fish, free-roaming lamb and skyr are classic ingredients. As this is a hands-on, highly interactive cooking class, participants work together in small teams, under close supervision of the instructor.
When cooking and preparation of the different dishes and accompaniments is well underway (ca 1.5 hours) it is time for a short break and a „tasting session“. The instructor presents a selection of traditional specialties for participants to taste, accompanied with a glass of local beer, and talks about local food, traditions and culture.
It is then time to finish preparing the three course lunch. As preparation of each course is finished it is plated and served at the dining table. The instructor plates one dish to give an example, participants then plate their own. The starter and the main course are each accompanied with a glass of wine. The dessert is accompanied with coffee or tea.
At the end of the session participants receive a folder with copies of all the recipes before they leave.
- Professional chef as instructor
- Chef assistant
- Cooking class followed by a 3 course lunch with wine
- Food tasting
- Use of apron
- Recipe folder
- Ingredients and all necessary equipment
- Coffee, tea and water
- Meeting location: Thorunnartun 2, 105 Reykjavik
- Minimum of 2 people to guarantee departure
- The minimum age for drinking alcoholic beverages in Iceland is 20 years old
- During food preparation, please keep long hair tied back