Cooking in Ancient Greece: Hands-On Class near Chania - in Chania - LikeALocal Guide

Cooking in Ancient Greece: Hands-On Class near Chania


90 EUR

This cooking class covers the culinary legacy of the ancient Greeks, offering seductive interpretations of ancient dishes.

Duration: 4 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Mariana
Local Ambassador

I am an experimental archaeologist-food historian, who recreates Greek historical recipes using ancient or modern techniques for spectacular food events.

In 2000 I founded 'Greek Culinary History & Cooking Adventures' to create interactive, edible experiences that bring historical Greek gastronomy to life through experimental, sensory and public archaeology.

My work takes many forms, including history -themed dinners, historic cooking courses, edible installations, and historical food walking tours.
The walking food tours showcase Cretan gastronomy, culture and history in a unique and attractive way to whoever comes to Chania, with a need to understand and experience the historic and at the same time modern, adventurous and enigmatic city by using all the senses.

I am the author of a Gourmand award-winning cookbook, The Language of Taste, which is a dictionary (in Gr.) of the history and culture of Greek food and the founder and organizer of the biennial Symposia of Greek Gastronomy (conference).

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  • Enjoy a lesson with an experimental archaeologist-food historian and Gourmand Award winner in a beautiful outdoor garden
  • Learn about the diet of the Classical world, from the banquets of the rich to the simpler meals of soldiers, farmers, and slaves
  • Savour a delicious historical meal after the class
  • The lesson is also available on request, if time permits

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This family-friendly class takes place in a 300-year-old olive grove 5 kilometres from the city of Chania. Classes are also available upon request, when time permits.

After a brief introduction to the food, cooking methods, customs, and trade routes of Classical Greece, we’ll dip into its cuisine. Using ancient Greek writings and archaeological research data as inspiration, you’ll learn how to reproduce ancient Greek recipes in both modern kitchens and according to experimental archaeology.

Bread baked in a replica of an ancient Greek portable oven, and thrymatis, a type of cake that, when broken open, reveals a small roasted bird, are two of the delicious recipes that give us a glimpse into the ancient world.

After the class, we’ll eat the food we’ve prepared.

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What’s included & not included

  • Experimental archaeologist-food historian as your host
  • 4 hours of hands-on training in the outdoors
  • All ingredients
  • Recipes
  • Historical meal after the class
  • Free parking

Meeting point

Konstantinoupoleos, Daratsos

Reviews from travellers (4)


Excellent!! Wonderful experience!
Mariana presented, upon our arrival, an array of Ancient Greek herbs and spices, dried grains and fruits. She served Cretian mountain tea as she showed us us how to cook flatbread, myttotos, lentils, myma, artolaganon and plakous. Cooking with fire and stones or clay ovens, we could imagine what life could have been like thousands of years ago. This was the highlight of my holiday in Chania, Crete. Highly recommended!
Wonderful Experience!
My husband and I were amazed at Mariana’s knowledge in food archeology and in the ancient cooking methods she demonstrated. Her warm hospitality, knowledge and the incredible meal she prepared and served made it a wonderful afternoon. Hands down one of the best meals we had in Chania during our five day visit. A truly delightful experience!
Unforgettable experiences!
Mariana is a wonderful teacher and guide. We are 5 friends and we took the ancient Greek cooking lesson and the the historical culinary tour of Chania.
We made and ate hellenistic food cooked over a log fire in the beautiful garden with the olive trees and we baked bread in a replica of an ancient oven.
As for her wonderful walking tour, I cannot praise her enough. It is an absolute must even if it is not your first visit to the city.

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Amazing tour & lovely host
Mariana, thank you so much for this really great historical food tour through Chania. We enjoyed your knowledge and the tour so much. You’re a great host and we felt so comfortable joining the real Cretan historic food way and diet. Thank you so much for this lovely time. All the best & love
The perfect way to discover Chania.
Mariana is the perfect guide for this city tour. Friendly, knowledgable, and passionate about food. We learned about the history of the city, experienced wonderful food and were introduced to places we never would have found otherwise.
The highlight of our stay in Chania. It truly felt like being shown around by a friend, thank you Mariana.
A perfect mix of history, culture, and food
We had a wonderful historic food tour with Mariana. She is the perfect tour guide, so knowledgeable and interesting. We liked the combination of a walking tour, meandering the streets and learning about Greek culture, traditions, and food history. And we loved the food stops - more food than we could eat! Exploring on our own now is so much more interesting, now that we know the background on some traditional food. And we loved Mariana - she a fascinating guide, answered so many questions we had, and so many more. Her passion for Greek food history is catching, we were all immersed in the stories and facts of history. And of course, the food was all amazing! Thank you Mariana for a fabulous tour!
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