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Culinary Experience: Welcome to Portugal’s largest cooking school

Welcome to Portugal’s largest cooking school located in a five-star resort in Algarve.

Food and travel company Mimo has opened the doors of their newest location, Mimo Algarve which is the largest cooking school in Portugal located in the five-star Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort.

Located in the southern Algarve region of Portugal, this is the first international Mimo opening.  The 300m2 cooking school and shop is fitted with the latest in high-tech equipment from Miele, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium domestic appliances.  Mimo Algarve also boasts a fantastic integrated gourmet shop space, which features the best conserves, salts, charcuterie, cheeses, and gifts from the artisans of Portugal.  Some of the brands stocked include local, natural flor de sal salt Salmarim, canned seafood and fish from José Gourmet, HAND ceramics and local extra virgin olive oil Monterosa.  All of the shop’s products have been specially curated, with lots of care and mimo, the Portuguese term for the love you give baby—or a homemade dish.

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Daily cooking classes

Mimo Algarve offers a roster of changing food and wine experiences year-round, awarded globally for innovation and quality: daily cooking classes, wine experiences, and show-cooking supper clubs. The newest additions to the Mimo offering are the family and kid’s cooking classes, designed so the youngest chefs in training can get their hands dirty.

Head Chef Lucia Ribeiro leads the daily culinary experiences, from her unique position as a local who trained and worked in Michelin star restaurants across Europe, yet was born and bred in the Algarve. These enjoyable cooking experiences are the perfect way to spend an afternoon, with a fun, hands-on cooking session that ends around the table, laughing together with new friends and enjoying the food prepared.  The experiences encompass the local cuisines of the Algarve and Portugal, presenting their techniques and dishes in hands-on cooking classes of three and a half hours.

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Cooking classes

•  The Algarve Cooking Class

•  Modern Portuguese Bistronomy

•  Michelin Star Cooking Class

•  Spanish Cooking Class

•  Traditional Portuguese Cooking Class

•  Happy Hour : Petiscos & Tapas Cooking Class

•  Sunday Brunch with Mimo

Mimo transmits the passion for local cuisine at all of its locations, and the Algarve is no exception. Chef Lucia’s passion for cooking started at a young age, when she learned from her grandparents how to keep fresh fruit and vegetable gardens. Lucia has worked under Gordon Ramsay at his eponymous three-star restaurant.  She has also worked under Paul Walsh at City Social (one Michelin star and part of the Jason Atherton group) and Claude Bossi at Bibendum (two stars).  Lucia comes to Mimo Algarve from Villa Joya, one of the area’s most renowned and awarded restaurants with two Michelin stars.  Mateus Mendes, a Brazilian chef with French roots, joins Lucia in the Mimo kitchen, bringing experience from San Sebastián and its Michelin kitchens.

Mimo Algarve also makes it easy to explore the rest of Portugal and Spain, offering packages and bespoke travel options from its expert team. For more information please visit algarve.mimofood.com.

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