Learning from the best
By ANA TAVARES [email protected]
The Vila Vita Parc resort in Porches has always been a great place to eat, but with the launch of a series of cooking classes, it has now also become a great place to learn how to cook.
Launched in September, Vila Vita’s cooking classes will see the resort’s chefs sharing their expertise on cooking and some tricks of the trade with hotel residents and non-residents alike.
There are two different classes available: a fish class in the morning and a masterclass taking place at Vila Vita’s Biergarten in the afternoons, which will bring guests a taste of Bavaria along with a visit to the resort’s butchers.
The Algarve Resident met one of Vila Vita’s executive chefs, Paulo Fortes, during one of the fish classes.
We began our class with a visit to Portimão Market, where the chef chose two monkfish at the Batista & Marreiros stall, which has been supplying the resort since 1992. After the visit, we returned to Vila Vita’s kitchen where, surrounded by professional stoves and pots of fresh herbs, the chef answered the guests’ questions and guided them through a recipe of massada de peixe (fish with pasta) for the main course of our lunch.
“This initiative aims to break seasonality and attract different types of clients to the resort,” said the chef.
Vila Vita’s cooking classes take place weekly for a minimum of six students and a maximum of 12. The price of the fish class (including lunch) is €125 and the German cuisine class (including dinner) costs €85.
For more information, please visit www.vilavitaparc.com