Chefs Market Tour & Paella Luncheon
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: VLC-1GT
Accompanied by your Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen, you'll tour the fabulously restored Central Market and then dine on authentic Valencian paella at La Pepica, one of the city's most famous paella venues. Later, you’ll witness a chef demonstration of the art of paella with ingredients purchased earlier at the market, as well as learn the Spanish art of Sangria.
Meet your Chef Instructor in the Culinary Arts Kitchen for an orientation of your tour, luncheon and cooking class. You'll be shopping for the ingredients for this afternoon's paella cooking class, so you will each be assigned which product you will be buying at the Central market and receive your market bag. Following this, you'll depart from the pier for a short but panoramic drive across Valencia. Along the way you will see the newest landmark of Valencia, The City of Arts and Sciences, created by the globally revered architect Santiago Calatrava.
Before long, you'll arrive at the Central Market, a fabulously restored and vast modernistic building that is as beautiful inside as it is outside. Bathed in natural light from glass domes and colored window panels, the airy interior of one of Europe's most photographed markets encourages exploration of the produce, fish and Spanish specialty products found here. Your Chef Instructor will orient you to the market and then you will have some free time to wander throughout or you may choose to stay with your Chef who will be purchasing many of the ingredients found in paella, a regional dish long associated with Valencia, for your afternoon demonstration.
Paella was thought to originate in Valencia and is the signature dish of this region of Spain, abundant in produce and fish. The authentic Valencia paella contains a plethora of vegetables such as artichokes, beans and tomatoes cooked over an open fire with short-grain Bomba rice that absorbs much of the smoky flavor, although the Chef Instructor may decide on this particular day to use another variety of rice, such as Xenia or Albufera. Traditionally, the meat of paella can be rabbit or chicken, or the Chef Instructor may opt for seafood.
After an hour at the market, you’ll board your coach and head to Malvarrosa Beach for a causal seaside luncheon at one of Valencia's most popular paella restaurants, La Pepica. The restaurant is located right on the promenade of the beach, so you will be dining seaside in this elegant, yet relaxed setting. Your meal will consist of authentic Valencia paella, accompanied by a variety of local appetizers or tapas, and Spanish wines. It's truly an unforgettable experience.
At the conclusion of lunch, you'll return to the ship and following a short respite, reconvene with your group for a private cooking demonstration in the Culinary Arts Kitchen. Here, you'll watch your Chef demonstrate the art of paella with the ingredients purchased earlier at the market. Your demonstration also includes the making (and tasting) of Sangria.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. There may be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The noted tour duration is approximate and includes your classroom session aboard the ship.