“Food is geography and the geography you live in designs your eating habits”

The Teaching Kitchen: 2 Day program

This 2-day workshop with Chef Şemsa Denizsel invites food lovers to explore the regional cuisine of Turkey’s Northern Aegean coast. In a land known for its olives and high-quality extra virgin olive oil, our workshop gives an introduction to the flavors, specialty ingredients, and delicious dishes from the area. The program consists of hands-on cooking lessons, shopping in the local bazaar and tastings of artisanal food produce, as well as communal meals at Cooks Grove and in local restaurants.

Scheduled Dates: on going, should be planned to include one of the market days either Monday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Duration: 2 days

A minimum of 6 participants as a group is required.

Most of our hands-on teaching kitchen workshops at Cooks Grove will be limited to small groups up to 12 guests. The program includes meals, all activities listed in the itinerary. Airfare and transfers to/from airport and accommodation are not included in any of our programs; however, if flights are organized arriving / departing from the Balıkesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey, transfers can be arranged at additional cost. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions and scheduling adjustments.


Day 1:
Check-in into hotels
Welcome dinner at Cooks Grove

Day 2:
Breakfast at the local coffeshop with Turkish tea and “Ayvalık Tost”
Morning at the farmer’s market with small producers, collecting food stuffs for our class
Coffee at Cooks Grove
Hands-on cooking lesson + late lunch with Chef Şemsa Denizsel
Afternoon free
Dinner at a Cunda restaurant

Day 3:
Hands-on breakfast lesson + leisurely breakfast with Chef Şemsa Denizsel

  • For confirmation full payment for the whole group is required.
  • For cancellation 42 days prior to arrival date full reimbursement will be made. As for any later cancellations, we are sorry to inform no reimbursements will be made.
  • All participants should be +16 of age.