Hello there! I’m Jen Biesty, chef and owner of Shakewell in Oakland, CA. I love cooking Moroccan-influenced food so I am thrilled for you to join me in Marrakech, Morocco on a culinary adventure!

Let's meet up at Place des Épices, or Spice Traders Square. It is the epicenter of the Medina itself. Bursting with rambunctious energy and high-voltage color, the market is lined on one side by mysterious herbalists and spice traders selling everything from snakeskins to rose petals to ras el hanout. After shopping with you, I will do a cooking demonstration with all our new spices and ingredients.

By day, will explore the maze of cobblestoned lanes in the Souks of the Medina, which occupies Marrakesh’s original fortified citadel. By night, we will visit Jemaa el-Fna Square, which teems with snake charmers, folk dancers, and street food vendors serving local specialties.

I can’t wait to visit all of these amazing places with you! Bahia Palace, the Medina, all the ornate courtyards filled with mosaics, but most of all, I can’t wait to soak up the culinary culture, cook, and of course eat!
Chef Jen Biesty

  • Round-trip international airfare from New York City to Morocco. (Airfare available from your closest international airport for an additional fee. First/Business class upgrades available)
  • Private deluxe motor coach and professional driver the entire time.
  • Transfers to/from the airport/hotel in Morocco for full package guests.
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Marrakech. (Suite upgrades available)
  • A panoramic city tour of Marrakech with a local professional guide.
  • Spend a morning at a hands-on cooking workshop in an authentic riad with the owner.
  • Learn to make Meskouta, a traditional Moroccan orange almond cake.
  • Most meals including daily breakfast, some dinners, and a lunch.
  • A special presentation by celebrity chef, Jen Biesty, on her life and experiences on television.
  • Professional Moroccan tour guide the entire time.
  • Cooking workshop with Chef Jen Biesty on Moroccan cuisine and fusing it with others.
  • An optional "horse drawn carriage" ride through a portion of Marrakech and visit to the extraordinary “Yves Saint Laurent Museum."
  • Professional Craftours tour escort throughout the entire journey.
  • "Souk shopping" experience in central Marrakech.
  • An informative talk and demonstration about Moroccan oils, plants, and fragrances.
  • An optional evening "Camel Ride, dinner, and Moroccan show."
  • An opportunity to enjoy a traditional Moroccan Hammam.
  • Enjoy a Moroccan rug weaving demonstration and presentation.
  • Extraordinary "Moroccan Cooking Experience" in the country.
  • A walking tour of the Bahia Palace with a local professional guide.
  • Craftours lanyard and culinary experience gift.
  • All taxes included, and travel insurance available and highly recommended.
Cost of this Morocco Culinary Experience is

This is an early booking price!
Price increases $350.00 on June 1, 2022.

Any questions please e-mail: [email protected]

Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Land only and single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date.


Chef Jennifer Biesty started cooking in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, when she was in high school, after becoming one of the youngest students at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. Biesty interned in New Orleans at the acclaimed Sazerac restaurant, after graduation she returning to Manhattan and joining the four-star team of Aquavit with Marcus Samuelsson. Biesty moved to San Francisco to cook with chef Loretta Keller at Bizou&C0C0500. She gained an in-depth understanding of the farm-to-table process and took advantage of the freedom Keller gave her to handcraft farm to table menus. Biesty moved to Paris to gain experience of European culinary culture, spending time in France, Spain, and Italy before settling in London cooking with Jamie Oliver, Ruth Rodgers and Rose Gray at The River Café. She returned to San Francisco to cook with Chef Traci des Jardins and Chef Richard Reddington at Jardinière restaurant. As Chef de cuisine at COCO5OO, StarChefs.com recognized Biesty as a Rising Star Chef. Shortly after this recognition Biesty competed on Top Chef season four an experience that she remembers fondly. Following Top Chef Chicago, Biesty became Executive Chef San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel and Scala’s bistro. It is here Biesty met her future Shakewell business partner, Executive Pastry Chef Tim Nugent, whom she worked alongside for five years before opening Shakewell. Biesty and Nugent brought bold Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine with a fun cocktail bar to the Lakeshore neighborhood of Oakland California and made Shakewell there home.

Optional Tours:

Marrakech carriage ride Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Through Marrakech

The cost of this optional horse drawn carriage ride and visit to the "Yves Saint Laurent Museum" is only $67.97 per person.

Morocco camel Camel Ride, Dinner and Moroccan Show

The cost of this optional camel ride, dinner, and Moroccan folkloric show is only $157.97 per person.


Karen Uridel, Mentor, OH - "I enjoyed this trip. We had a wonderful tour guide. She took us to the best places to shop. The craft workshops were different and interesting. Pam Holland was interesting and creative. She showed us a different way of looking at things. The three cities we visited were so very different. It was an experience I won’t soon forget."
Lucy Lowry, Edgewood, WA - "Energy of the organizer is contagious."
Paula Bain, Kansas City, MO - "One of the best experiences of my life so far!"
Nancy J Chandler, Jensen Beach, FL - "Loved the cooking, embroidery and bead classes. They were certainly something I wouldn’t have access to if not on the tour. Liked the Rabat tour.It was nice to have the woman guide who really shared a lot about Morocco."
Diana Van Hise, Roanoke, VA - "Good tour."
Todd Vykouk, Lebanon, TN - "Trip was over and above expectations. Very well organized, fun people and the tour directors were very accommodating."
Donna Hillard, Kirkland, WA - "I enjoyed seeing some of the country, meeting people, trying the food. It gave me a sense of a proud country with friendly people. Everyone I talked with seemed glad that I had come. I enjoyed meeting the craftspeople and learning about them."
Annie Stevenot, Watsonville, CA - "This trip went beyond my expectations! It was wonderful! So carefully curated, and side tris were spectacular. Jim West was beyond delightful and fabulous. I am already signing up for another tour. The whole team was incredible from start to finish. I thought it would be good, but it was so heart filled and full of joy...I loved it!"
Sharon Coker, Napa, CA - "The trip was epic. I had high expectations but you have to see the colors, designs and crafts for yourself to really understand the wonderful culture. The people were genuine and welcoming and it was a reminder to me that in these stressful times, we aren’t countries, we’re people. The tour guide was excellent and added a number of surprises to the trip."
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "I had a wonderful time."
Emily Robertson Hood, Kirkland, WA - "Excellent local guide gave not only historical and factual insights to our visits, but was generous with her own experience and perspective on Morocco."
Diane Davies, Courtenay, British Columbia - “A delicious, rich tour of food, culture, and experience. Talks at our many stops about the cultural and historical significance of what we were experiencing greatly enhanced the trip. Excellent guides. Really appreciated that many of our stops enriched the lives of disadvantaged groups (women, disabled persons), while enriching our lives.”
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - “Very interesting and encompassing.”
Lynn Carlton, Seattle, WA - “It was a wonderful trip. Our hostess, Holly was great. She did a good job of keeping track of everything. I enjoyed having the tours and then having the free time so I could go back and explore more on my own.”
Sandy Paul, Tacoma, WA - “Very colorful and lively. Best parts were the Médina, Atlas Mountains and Berber villages.”

Full Package Price: $5,198.00 | Air from New York JFK
Land Only Price: $4,398.00 | Land only rate does not include airport/hotel transfers
Early booking discount. Price increases $350.00 on June 1, 2022.
(per person, based on double occupancy)


To make your reservations call us at +1-815-663-4046 or Toll-Free at: +1-877-887-1188 - USA, Canada or Spain, 001-882-887-1188 - Mexico, 0808 134 9500 - UK, 18 0010 6424 - Australia, or submit your reservations online.

For additional questions regarding airfare, transfers, insurance, pre-night packages, or our convenient payment plan, please call our toll-free number or use our contact form.

This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.