"... the entrance to paradise at Dar Les Cigognes." - Gaby
"Multilingual staff are meticulous and attend quickly to guests every request." - maroccochic
"Dar Les Cigognes has been designed so as to make guests feel at home" - Bales Worldwide
"Everything breathes luxury and good taste" - Geo Guide
"Beautiful place!" - Rene
"In Dar Les Cigognes you relax royally." - SPA inside
"After climbing up the tiled stairs, is there the paradise waiting." - Schweizer Illustrierte
"A fabulously stylish hotel" - The Daily Telegraph
"Relaxing holidays in style should all start from a place like this." - moroccochic
"An inspirational hotel" - The Sunday Telegraph
"Exquisite mother-of-pearl inlay furnishings contrast crisp white sheets and lush green walls" - Home Journal
"The Sanssouci Collection attracts discerning gourmets and globetrotters into the enchanting city." - BOARDING.DK
"Fairytale Wedding in boutique hotel Dar Les Cigognes" - honeymoontip
"A modern day 1,001 nights" - Hello!
"1001 nights deluxe - The Sanssouci Collection" - tic.travel
"On the rooftop is a view across to the Atlas" - Daily Express
"Dar Les Cigognes gets our vote every time." - The Sunday Times
"A wonderful honeymoon, made perfect by a beautiful and shining place, and the most fantastic staff." - Mr. & Mrs Balcer
"The architecture is amazing" - Tatler
"Anything that was good enough for the sultans, are bound to be good enough for us." - B International
"The entry never indicates to the richness of the interior of Dar Les Cigognes." - Marrakech Express
"Dar Les Cigognes is known for the best personal service." - Tourbillon
"It's beautiful!" - Philip & Hannah
"Master craftsmanship steered by the incomparable Charles Boccara. A true Oasis of Calm in Marrakech" - Architecture +
"Stay at Dar Les Cigognes for a boutique-style rest in the exhilarating city of Marrakech." - greenprophet.com
"Marrakech is a treasure trove of boutique hotels and romantic riads, but one of the best by far is Dar Les Cigognes" - You and Your Wedding
"It's hard to beat the exotic appeal of Dar Les Cigognes" - The Daily Mail
"An oasis of Moroccan chic" - You and Your Wedding
"Your riad fulfilled our wildest expectations regarding luxury and hospitality!" - Imgrid & Christer, Sweden
"is characterized by luxurious but unostentatious accommodations" - New Hotels
"Enjoy a luxurious treatment by Dar Les Cigognes." - Red
"I will miss this place and I hope I will come back." - Jasmin
"Dar Les Cigognes is a stunning example of what the riads have to offer." - icsouthlondon.co.uk
"A sanctuary from the vibrant bustle of Marrakech's streets." - AREA
"Will allow you to feel like a Pasha on your vacation." - Escapio
"We will return ""Inch Allah"" soon." - Francine, LA
"Morocco is a world of interiors. Marrakech has some of the most beautiful in the world, and Dar Les Cigognes is one of them" - The Mail on Sunday
"The dark wood and creamy stone of Dar Les Cigognes illuminated with scores of candles are a picture of romance." - The Sunday Times
"Moving from room to room is traveling, it's going from Black Africa to the desert of Mauritania. " - Couleurs Marrakech
"Here you can pamper yourself in a relaxed atmosphere and in traditional Moroccan ambience." - BOARDING.DK
"Perfectly placed in the medina." - Kuoni
"The heart of the ancient medina is where to stay in Marrakech and Dar Les Cigognes is a gorgeous refuge" - Red
"Once being a princess" - Schweizer Illustrierte
"One of the oldest and most elegant riad hotels in Marrakech" - reisemagazin.com
"A perfect stay in a perfect riad." - John & Anna, UK
"This place is like a dream." - Marlene & Carl
"Dar Les Cigognes is offering everything for the senses." - Schweizer Illustrierte
"An oasis of luxury and calm" - Red
"A charming place in a beautiful city." - Jorge, Madrid
"Dar Les Cigognes is a stunning example of what the riads have to offer" - Prestige Lifestyle
"The design is so chic and cozy at the same time" - Elle
"Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the old town of Marrakech."" - Guide de Charme
"Dar Les Cigognes- the perfect apres-shopping retreat." - Red
"The most spectacular roof terraces of the city" - Elle
"A truly 6 Star experience!" - Penny, UK
"The dream of 1001 nights - Dar Les Cigognes"
"An eye catching interior" - Fodor's
"The architect has put all his talent to preserve the authenticity of the place of Dar Les Cigognes." - the Best of Marrakech
"Fab place - throughly enjoyed it!" - Kellie, Ana & Max
"Renovated by legendary French architect Charles Boccara." - BAZAAR
"Very kind and helpful staff." - Lesley & John
"You have a lovely place and your staff is the best!" - Keirsten & Alexandria
"Dar Les Cigognes - it's one of Marrakech best-loved hotel." - Simpson travel
"A luxury riad done in a traditional but modern style" - The Rough Guide
"Dar Les Cigognes is a small jewel highlighting the multiple facets of Moorish art" - Michelin Guide
"Most romantic weekend we've ever had!" - Suzanne & Jason
"The style oasis of Dar Les Cigognes is located in the Medina" - Seitenblicke
"A beautiful retreat in the heart of wonderful Marrakech." - Elli, Naomi & Nix, UK
"Paradise for aficionados" - Smokers Club
"A design temple with sumptuously comfortable interiors" - Condé Nast Traveler
"Beautiful Riad in the Medina of Marrakech with gorgeous rooms and a stunning roof terrace." - abenteuer und reisen
"Thank you for making our time in this city so memorable." - Rebecca & William
"Thank you very much for looking after us so well." - Richard
"Each guest's request is satisfied before you have expressed it." - Tourbillon
"Thank you for a wonderful, memorable trip." - Joulyn Wong
"A fantastically beautiful hotel" - More Than Classic
"The staff made our trip like a dream." - Annemarie
"One can only be blown away by the sumptuous tadelakt and ornate carved plaster" - Luxury Morocco
"What an astonishing oasis of tranquility in the chaos of surrounding Marrakech!" - Nui Midonald
"Each room tells a different story full of oriental charm and romance." - Elle
"The way how the stars like it" - In
"Dar Les Cigognes captures the genius of Moorish civilization" - Asiana Wedding
"Furnished with locally sourced carpets, tapestries, furniture and decorative items, it's an oasis of calm." - Harper's Bazaar
"This bijou hotel is convenient for all the sites" - the chiccollection
"Intoxicate your senses at Dar Les Cigognes" - abenteuer und reisen
"The Riad is beautiful and the staff were friendly and helpful, they couldn't do enough!" - Joanne & Vicoria, UK
"Many thanks for making our first visit to marrakech a wonderful memoryÖ" - Mark & Kylie, Luxemburg & Australia
"Enjoy the fantastic food" - Privat Dining
"The true beauty and many distinct facets of Moorish art come to life in this intimate boutique hotel" - Elle Decor
"We have visited many hotels but Dar Les Cigognes was a miracle." - Chris & Willy
"Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the ancient medina is where to stay in Marrakech." - Red
"We have had the most wonderful time" - Simon & Edward, Australia
"Real Moroccan, classy and stylish, this is the way it goes at Dar Les Cigognes in the Medina of Marrakech." - escapio
"A hotel that hardly could be more intimate and stylish." - freundin.de
"We would recommend this riad to anyone visiting Marrakech." - Society
"Welcome to paradise" - Marc
"Dar Les Cigognes is beautifully modern whilst staying true to a traditional cultural aesthetic." - AREA
"Unique mix of traditions and modernity" - Elle
"Secret Celebrity Hideaways" - Travel + Leisure
"We couldn't have chosen a better spot to spend the nights." - Annette & Marianne, NL
"Thank you for a most wonderful stay in your beautiful riad." - David & Helen, UK
"Dar Les Cigognes has rooms full of charm and character" - Guide de Charme
"The intricate attention to detail is stunning" - The Evening Standard
"Dar Les Cigognes- authentic flavour of Morocco" - Guide de Charme
"At Dar Les Cigognes you don't need a superstars bank balance to live the life of the blessed" - Mediterranean Life
"Spend a magical weekend in Marrakech at Dar Les Cigognes" - Living etc
"A gem in Marrakech with all the ingredients to appeal to those in search of pampering and privacy" - Portfolio
"Dar Les Cigognes has been truly amazing!" - Mr. & Mrs. Rompson
"Dar Les Cigognes is something special" - Gabriele & Oliver
"Close to the sky" - Schweizer Illustrierte
"A little jewel of a hotel in the heart of historic Marrakech" - Gulliver
"We have traveled to many parts of the world and this is one of the friendliest hotels ever!" - Dave & Mary, UK
"Moorish through and through, Dar Les Cigognes is the perfect wind-down spot following a hard day's bargaining in the souk." - medlife
"This elegant boutique hotel is an oasis of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle." - UrlaubTipp
"This is probably the most calm and relaxing guest house in the city" - Amanda, UK
"Marrakech- so full of life and colour. A perfect moment in time at Dar Les Cigognes." - John & Caroline, UK
"We felt safe, comfortable and very happy in your wonderful hotel." - Charles & Christine, UK
"Exceptional attention to detail and professional staff" - Sean
"Today this small oasis is considered as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world." - In
"We loved Dar Les Cigognes and Marrakech." - Annabel, UK
"I hope I'll come back soon. Thanks for the unforgettable holiday" - Sanne
"An oasis of calm and elegance in the heart of the medina." - Franz, London
"This is the best place to be." - Jan & Jolanda, NL
"Architecture that awakens the soul" - Architecture +
"Dar Les Cigognes is a unique and extraordinary destination." - Simon, Australia
"But the real luxury of Dar Les Cigognes is the hospitality and friendliness of staff." - Maroc, la Tradition du Luxe
"The storks create the perfect harmony at rooftop level" - Chantal
"A true idyll amongst the chaos" - Richard & Louise
"romantic Moroccan nights at Dar Les Cigognes" - Daily Mirror
"A super riad in the heart of bustling city" - Simon & Heidi
"We loved our experience in Marrakech, especially our time at Dar Les Cigognes." - Lera & Ezak
"Dar Les Cigognes is a haven removed from the chaos, noise, and hustle of the city" - 50 Unforgettable Things to do Before you Die
"In the heart of the medina of Marrakech, Dar Les Cigognes." - Elle
"Dar Les Cigognes still oozes history, but has been sensitively updated by cult Morocco architect Charles Boccara." - In Style
"Voluptuously orientalist" - Couleurs Marrakech
"Everyone and everything here were amazing." - Marcella & Stefano
"Dar Lees Chiggers is like paradise on earth." - Martin, Germany
"Dar Les Cigognes shortlisted for Best Boutique Hotel in Africa by the World Travel Market One of the 49 Coolest Hotels in the world" - Cool Hotels
"A riad to be recommended." - Sue & Keitti
"After a minute I'd forgotten my cares." - Catherine
"with its design it reflects the traditional Morocco" - Urlaub Tipp
"A peaceful ambience that is immediately apparent" - Hedonist's Guide
"Part careful restoration, part Saharan fantasy is wonderfully well-located" - Cadogan Guide
"Thank you for a very restful stay in your beautiful, peaceful Riad." - Wquas & Sodia
"Small luxury hotel that bears the stamp of star architect Charles Boccara." - guide evasion
"Dar Les Cigognes is a Jewel!" - guests from NY
"It's a beautiful person's natural habitat" - medlife
"With an excellent chef, this is the place to try Moroccan specialties" - The Daily Mail
"A mustn't miss! " - Abenteuer und reisen
"One of the best boutique hotels of the Mediterranean" - Mediterranean Life
"Excellent taste and florid imagination have brought this beautiful hotel to life" - Architecture du Maroc
"Dar Les Cigognes is a 17th-century merchant's townhouse that has been converted into a bijou 11-room hotel in Marrakesh-trés chic" - The Times of London
"One of the most stylish and comfortable riads in Morocco" - Madame
"Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the historic medina." - International Inns, Resorts & Spas
"Perfectly placed in the medina- Dar Les Cigognes" - Kuoni
"We pushed the door and it was magical!" - Monique & Peric
"Unusually stunning -. Business Traveler
"Anyone interested in Moroccan design will find it difficult to drag themselves away" - The Sunday Telegraph
Traditional Moroccan Cooking with Sanssouci Cooking School
This dish is perhaps more than any other the classic of Moroccan cooking–Tajine of Chicken with Confit Lemon. ¬†It is justifiably delicious, and deservedly famous. ¬†From the Dar Les Cigognes cookbook. You can find this recipe and many others in our book, Tanjia Marrakchia.
One of the keys to a successful dish is the chicken and how it is prepared. ¬†Best to find a healthy “beldi” chicken, not a young and insipid bird. ¬†Here is how you prepare chicken in the Moroccan way.
Basic Method for Preparing Poultry
Free range and organic chicken
Salted water for washing¬†the bird
2 tablespoons of salt
4 cloves of garlic
Wash the chicken in salted water and drain. ¬†Pound the garlic and salt into a paste. Rub the paste into the body cavity and onto the flesh of the bird, or parts, at the same time pulling any excess fat from under the skin and from the neck and rump ends. Pull out the thin translucent membrane from under the skin of the breast. Rinse the poultry well under running water until it no longer smells of garlic (garlic rids the bird of any bitterness that might spoil the sauce; it also acts to bring out the flavour). Drain the poultry well.
Rub it with the spices to be used in the recipe, a little butter or oil, and marinate overnight.
Moroccan chicken tagine recipe from Sanssouci Cooking School
If you are using a whole bird, it must be trussed. Trussing is easy: clip off the wing tips and discard; slip the ends of the legs into a horizontal incision made just above the rump, or slip the legs into incisions made on the lower sides of the breast.
Although tajine cooking is one of the most familiar ways to cook chicken, they are often also spit-roasted, fried, or steamed. In the Royal Palace of Marrakech, just across the street, there is a huge room set aside for the spit-roasting of chickens. At least a dozen spits are slanted diagonally across piles of burning hot coals, each attended by two men‚ÄĒ one to crank the spit, the other to paint the roasting chickens with spiced butter.
Chicken Tajine with Lemon and Olives (Djej m‚Äôqualli)
This is one of the great combinations in Moroccan cookery, and a dish that most often seduces our guests. There are many ways to prepare it. This is our way.
1 chicken, of 1.5 to 2 kilos, with 2 chicken livers, cut into 8 pieces
8 cloves garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1‚ĀĄ4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 preserved lemon, rinsed
2 grains of gum Arabic
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 pinch of saffron pistils
2 medium yellow onions, chopped fine
6 sprigs coriander, tied together with thread 200 g red-brown or purplish olives
Juice of 1 lemon
Prepare the chicken as directed with 4 cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of salt. Rinse thoroughly. In a mortar, blend together the ginger, a little salt, pepper, 4 cloves of garlic, the pulp of a preserved lemon (reserving the peel), and a little oil into a sauce. Rub this sauce into the chicken and the livers. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, place the chicken, livers, and sauce in a tajine. Add the saffron, onions, gum Arabic, a bundle of green coriander sprigs, and water. Stir and bring to the boil. Partially cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Turn and baste the chicken often.
Remove the livers and mash them, then return them to the sauce. Rinse the olives. Cut the lemon peel into small pieces, and add along with the olives to the sauce for the final 15 minutes of cooking. Transfer the chicken to a hot oven to brown.
Meanwhile, reduce the sauce at high heat to thick gravy, crushing the onions to get a uniform consistency. Remove the coriander sprigs.
Return the chicken to the pan, turning to coat with the sauce, decorate with the lemon peel and olives, and serve at once. Serves 8 as part of a many course meal, otherwise 4.
Moroccan Recipe: Carrot Salad with Coriander and Cumin
Learning to cook Moroccan Cuisine with the Sanssouci Cooking School in Marrakech
Moroccan Carrot and Cumin Salad with Coriander
This recipe is a perfect example of the variety and depth of Moroccan salads. ¬†The cumin in this dish is strong, adding a wonderful nuttiness to balance the sweetness of the carrots. ¬†The star anise adds an aromatic note, ¬†adding complexity.
500 g carrots (about 4 of them) 1 teaspoon cumin
1 medium clove of garlic
Juice of a 1‚ĀĄ2 lemon
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
1 tablespoon of chopped coriander Sea salt to taste
1 star anise (optional)
Moroccan Carrot Salad by Sanssouci Cooking School
Peel the carrots and cut them into lengths of about 3cm. Take these lengths and cut them lengthwise into eighths. Boil the carrot pieces in boiling salted water for 15 minutes along with the piece of star anise. Drain and place into the serving bowl.
Using the finest mesh of a cheese grater, finely shred the garlic into the carrots. Add the cumin. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar. Toss in the minced herbs.
Mix together to blend flavours. Season to taste with salt. Serve warm or at room temperature. ¬†Serves 4.
There are many delicious variations on this dish, including the use of fresh, thinly sliced hot peppers, cutting the carrots in rounds, etc. ¬†Use your imagination.
Another delicious and easy preparation from the culinary team at the Sanssouci¬†Collection Cooking School in Marrakech.
We chose the name salt for our proximity to the Mellah, the ancient Jewish quarter of the medina, and also the arabic word for salt.
For 15 years we have been holding daily cooking classes to teach traditional Moroccan cooking. Our love of Moroccan culture, as expressed through its food, is limitless. Through the school we have had the extraordinary good fortune to welcome some very well known chefs and foodies, thousands of passionate amateurs, amused participants, and children. It has been wonderful and will continue to be so.
We have also wanted to explore Moroccan ingredients, techniques, and methods in new ways. Thus the genesis of Salt. We will be looking to serve the very best of traditional Moroccan cooking with a different approach. For the past year, we have been experimenting with formats, inviting talented chefs to come and cook with us, to help us to explore together Moroccan food.
Our house team will be preparing a seasonal menu 6 nights each week. Additionally, we will be welcoming guest chefs who will bring their own vision and approach, and their own menus.
For the next two weeks we will be doing a soft launch and welcoming diners at an introductory rate. From Mid-March, we will be hosting our first guest chef Najat Kaanache. ¬†Table reservations are required. ¬†Reserve by dropping us a line at email@example.com.
Inspiration and Moroccan Food with Celeste Pianezzola
Trio of Moroccan Salads by Celeste Pianezzola
Talented chef Celeste Pianezzola recently joined the Sanssouci Cooking School in Marrakech to create an extraordinary meal. Inspired by her background as the uncrowned “Queen of the Grill” and the amazing array of ingredients on display in the local markets, she created a unique menu for guests of Sanssouci Collection in Marrakech.
We had the great pleasure of hosting her for a pop-up dinner with the Sanssouci Supper Club in Marrakech. This is part of our ongoing programme to explore the possible future of Moroccan cuisine by inviting a series of international chefs to come to Marrakech, find inspiration from the local sites and sounds, ingredients, and food culture, and to come up with new and interesting dishes. ¬†Part Morocco, and part the inspiration based on past experiences, Celeste rose to the challenge in great form, creating a series of dishes as part of an extravagant evening of grilled specialties.
There aren’t many people who would just agree to cook up a storm in a strange country, strange kitchen, and for people never met before based on an email exchange. Celeste is one of the few: a true adventurer. She’s an extremely talented and creative chef, great fun, and a fantastic photographer. Her talent and professionalism were in ample evidence as she not only cooked up a storm, but also entertained and demonstrated her skills with the grill. Her curiosity and passion about Moroccan food, spices, techniques and dishes was inspiring. Her sense of adventure and obvious love of Morocco helped to produce some extraordinary, and fresh dishes.
The evenings menu:
The storks seen from the roof garden of Sanssouci Hotel Dar Les Cigognes. Photo by Celeste
Roasted Vegetable Soup
Courgette and Aubergine Salad with Fatna’s Berber Chermoula
Broad Bean Salad
Grilled Radish Salad with Cucumbers and Orange Blossom
Quail Stuffed with Beef, Onions, Almonds and Dates with Fresh Yoghurt cheese
Accompanied with Grilled Carrots and Grilled Artichoke Hearts with Wheat Berries
Strawberry “Harcha” Shortcake with Candied Pistachios and Rose-Scented Whipped Cream
Over the coming weeks and months we will be posting many of the recipes that she created here. ¬†One diner commented that she had never before enjoyed broad beans. Given that she ate them all, we had to include this delightful preparation.
Broad Bean Salad
1 kg in the pod broad beans
4 tbsps olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 tsps cumin
3 tbsps freshly chopped coriander
Juice of 1/2 a lemon or to taste
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Serves 6-8 as part of a salad course (or 4 if served as an individual salad starter).
If you would like to join our supper club in the future or join us for a cooking class, please drop us a line at info at sanssoucicollection.com. If you are a chef, we would love to hear from you.
Marrakech Cooking Class Morocco Presents the Future of Moroccan Food at Sanssioucci Collection with Jane Campbell Howard
Chef Jane Campbell Howard cooks at Dar Les Cigognes on February 27th and 28th, 2015. Contact us for reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sanssouci Cooking Class, Marrakech, Morocco – Presents a Pop-Up Supper Club with chef Jane Campbell Howard, 27th and 28th February, 2015, at boutique hotel Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech.
The Sanssouci Marrakech Cooking School in Morocco is hosting a Supper Club at Dar Les Cigognes featuring chef Jane Campbell Howard. ¬†This is part of our ongoing exploration of Moroccan Cuisine and Culture.
Jane knows Morocco and Moroccan cuisine and ingredients, having worked and lived here for several years. ¬†The combination of her classical training, adventurous spirit, and knowledge of Marrakech’s markets and produce, should make for interesting culinary alchemy!
We are heading into a season with beautiful produce, which opens up some very exciting possibilities. ¬†In keeping with our desire to give the chef maximum freedom and room for last minute inspiration, we are not pre-announcing the menu.
Booking a Table
This is an intimate event, and places are limited to just 24 guests, with priority to resident guests, so please drop us a line at email@example.com or call +212 524 38 27 40 or 47 67. Jane will be cooking on two nights only. ¬†Dinner is 600 dhs per person including drinks.
Jane studied at the outstanding Prue Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London before working at the world famous Harvey’s restaurant. ¬†Harvey’s iconic status at the time was cemented by co-owner and chef Marco Pierre White who became the youngest ever chef to be awarded two michelin stars. Marco later became the second youngest chef to win 3 michelin stars. ¬†Many other well known chefs trained under Marco, including Gordon Ramsay, Eric Chavot, Stephen Terry, Philip Howard, all of whom earned their own stars, and Harvey’s was known as one of the most innovative kitchens of its time.
Jane went on to cook for the Formula One teams Ferrari and McLaren, cooking for the teams and their sponsors all over the world, producing sublime food in often challenging circumstances.
She went on to open a hotel and restaurant in the Cotswolds with her husband. ¬†The Dial House was voted by Which Guides in 2005 as Hotel of the Year. ¬†They sold the business in 2007 before heading to Marrakech.
We are over the moon to have her back, and to be able to explore Moroccan food and flavours and inspiration as part of this series.
More about Sanssouci Cooking School and Hotels
Sanssouci Collection consists of a cooking school and two riad boutique hotels: Dar Les Cigognes and Riad Kaiss. Since 2000, we have been focussed on exploring Moroccan culture through its cuisine.
Sansouci Cooking School Guest Chef Programme
During 2015, we will be inviting a number of different chefs to come and be inspired by what they see in Morocco, and to create unique dinners. ¬†We hope that you will join us as we explore together a future vision of Moroccan cooking.
BOOK A TABLE: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are extremely limited, so please contact us to book. ¬†Reservations are required. ¬†Call +212 524 38 27 40 or email email@example.com. ¬†Dinner on Friday and Saturday, the 27th and 28th of February, 19:30 for 20:00.
Guest chef at Les Cigognes Marrakech
Gourmet Pop-up Dinner Evening on 7th February, 2015 at Dar Les Cigognes, Marrakech with Guest Chef Celeste Pianezzola
Very excited to announce the first in our series of 2015 pop-up dinners. Throughout 2015, Sanssouci Cooking School will be hosting a series of guest chefs with whom we will be exploring Moroccan cuisine and culture, and creating an inspiring series of new dishes.
The first chef in the line-up is the talented chef Celeste Pianezzola coming to us from New Zealand who will be displaying her talents on Saturday evening the 7th of February at Dar Les Cigognes, where she and the Sanssouci Cooking school team will be serving a dinner inspired by the mingling of Celeste’s unique take on the world of food and Moroccan flavours.
Celeste trained under some of the most famous chefs in New Zealand and Australia before taking the helm at Olive, where she gained a following for her artistry with the grill. She looks forward to applying her skill and unique approach to grilling with us at Les Cigognes.
Booking a Table
This is an intimate event, and places are limited to just 24 guests, so please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +212 524 38 27 40 or 47 67. Celeste will be cooking on one night only. Dinner is 600 dhs per person excluding drinks.
Celeste Piannezola, Gifted Chef and Grill Specialist
More about Guest Chef Celeste Pianezzola
Utah born and raised, Celeste felt the urge to travel at a young age. After 3 years of training to be a carpenter, Celeste Pianezzola turned to cooking. Cooking gave her wings to fly around the world and she has absorbed and studied many different cuisines of the world. It is this diversity that gives depth to her creations. The eye for detail and precision she learned as a carpenter also served her well, and brought a whole new element of construction to her food.
She first started building a name for herself in Melbourne Australia, a mecca for foodies and chefs. There she was the head chef at a waterfront cafe called My Sister Says, and spent her nights sneaking into the finest kitchens and learning from the best. Among them was Vue de Monde, Cumulus, and Attica. From Australia she headed to South East Asia where she studied ancient methods of cooking in the southern rainforests of Thailand, and slowly wandered up into Vietnam where she ate and studied food in Hanoi and Sapa Valley. Two years later she emerged from the jungle and settled in Wellington, New Zealand where she worked with renowned chefs Charlie Noble and Martin Bosley at the White House. A short detour brought her back to the west coast of the United States. After a short stint exploring the world of food trucks and street food, she settled down as chef at Olive Restaurant, where she took the city by storm cooking up elaborate and ever-changing seasonal menus on two charcoal grills. Her mastery of cooking with fire is renowned. She is now exploring the cooking of Morocco with us at Sanssouci.
More about Sanssouci Cooking School and Hotels
Sanssouci Collection consists of a cooking school and two riad hotels: Dar Les Cigognes and Riad Kaiss. Since 2000, we have been focussed on exploring Moroccan culture through its cuisine.
Sansouci Cooking School Guest Chef Programme
During 2015, we will be inviting a number of different chefs to come and be inspired by what they see in Morocco, and to create unique dinners. ¬†We hope that you will join us as we explore together a future vision of Moroccan cooking.
BOOK A TABLE: email@example.com
Celebrating the Great Chefs who have done Moroccan Cooking with Sanssouci Collection in Marrakech
Choumicha--Morocco's Most Famous Chef--at Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech
As we head into our 15th year of Cooking Classes at the Sanssouci Collection Cooking School in Marrakech, we wanted to take a moment to thank the people who have participated in the classes over the years, to highlight some of the professionals who have joined us, and to look forward to the future.
World-renowned chef Mourad Lahlou does Moroccan cooking with Sanssouci at Riad Kaiss
Paula Wolfert. No conversation about Moroccan cooking should not feature Paula Wolfert. One of the very first people to write about Moroccan food in English, her book¬†The Food of Morocco, has most demonstrably stood the test of time, and her book remains the ultimate cookery bible for those interested in Moroccan cuisine, the food culture of the country, regional and obscure specialities, and recipes that really work. Her book was re-issued recently with gorgeous new photography by Quentin Bacon, one of the world’s best food photographers.
Mourad Lahlou. Winner of Iron Chef, and the first Moroccan to earn a Michelin star, self-taught Mourad is a leading light in the Moroccan culinary pantheon. From his restaurant Aziza in San Francisco, he has been innovating and pushing the boundaries of what Moroccan Cuisine is all about for over a decade. ¬†His book New Moroccanis filled with fantastically original and creative recipes.
Choumicha. She is quite possibly Morocco’s biggest television star, period. Her television shows, both on traditional Moroccan cooking and on more modern cooking and home management, inspire people across Morocco and Moroccan’s around the world pining away for the flavours of home. ¬†We have had the pleasure of doing two television shows with her.
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. ¬†We had the great pleasure to act as food consultants to the Channel 4 Series Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feasts. ¬†His wonderfully approachable style and fresh, light take on food was wonderful to see in action. ¬†The Moroccan episode was filmed in part at Les Cigognes and Riad Kaiss.
Masterchef winner Keri Moss cooks with Sanssouci Collection at Dar Les Cigognes
Hassan M’Souli. Recent winner of the best Paella in Australia, Hassan explained to us recently how close the technique of making the perfect paella is to the perfect tajine. This classic of Spanish cuisine, however, is also found in the North of Morocco. ¬†His famous paella and extensive list of Moroccan specialities are available at his Sidney restaurant, Out of Africa. ¬†His book Moroccan Modern was voted one of the best new cookbooks of 2012.
Yoshiaki Kuno. Chef Kuno has been serving Mediterranean food at his Tokyo restaurants for many years, and for many locals and expats, it is one of the great addresses for a taste of this part of the world. He is also the first to regularly feature Moroccan dishes on his menu, and we are delighted to have been able to help him bring a touch of Morocco to Japan.
John Quigley. Owner of Glasgow’s Red Onion, John has been turning out inspired modern fare for many years at his restaurant. We have exhorted friends to drop in and say hi.
Sarah Scott. For fifteen years she was Executive Chef at the Robert Mondavi winery. Cooking alongside such greats as Jeremiah Tower, Alice Waters, Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Madeleine Kamman, she has done more than anyone to spread the word about Napa Valley’s approach to the culinary arts. In her wonderful book The Wild Table, she shares this fresh approach to cooking and ingredients.
Keri Moss. ¬†Winner of Masterchef the Professionals in 2012, we had the great pleasure of hosting and working with her. Her down to earth style and creative approach to cooking are inspiring and we look forward to seeing her work and style evolve over the coming years.
Sophia and Rob Thomasset. ¬†Authors of the sensational new pan-Moroccan book Colours of Maroc, Sophia and Rob have captured Moroccan gastronomy from its humblest to its most divine. ¬†The book is a must-read for those who are interested in the cuisine of this great country.
We are very much looking forward to 2015 with a new book on its way and a resident chef’s programme.
Sanssouci’s Pan-Seared Aubergine, Blood Orange and Fennel Salad
Adapted from a recipe prepared and written by Keri Moss, winner of Masterchef 2012 The Professionals during her stay with the Sanssouci Collection Cooking School at Dar Les Cigognes. To participate in a future trip with Masterchef Travel and Sanssouci Collection, kindly contact us¬†or Cox & Kings.
Aubergine, Fennel, and Blood Orange Salad by Keri Moss
Keri found inspiration from the seasonal produce on hand in the fresh food markets of Marrakech. ¬†This salad is a blend of the local bounty and her creative approach to the dish.
3 medium aubergines
2 small fennel bulbs
3 blood oranges, segmented
Zest and segments of 1 navel orange
35g fresh coriander, coarsely chopped
100ml of olive oil
30ml orange blossom water
15 g freshly ground ginger
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Prepare the aubergines. Slice the aubergines lengthwise into 16 even slices each. Heat a wrought iron skillet to intense heat and caramelize the aubergines quickly in this pan. Once they are coloured on their sides, take off the heat, season with 40 ml of olive oil, salt and pepper and set aside.
Quarter the fennel bulbs, core, then slice fine into thin strips. Put the frying pan with the aubergines back onto the fire, toss in the fennel slices, and continue cooking until the fennel begins to colour. Add a further 40 ml of olive oil, the freshly ground ginger, and continue to cook another 2 minutes.
Keep the pan moving and add in the orange blossom water. Take off the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Zest the navel orange over the pan to ensure that all the oils are also caught. Set aside.
Section the blood oranges and navel orange. Save any orange juice that dribbles off during this process for the dressing. Chop the coriander.
Assemble the salad. Layer the aubergines and fennel and toss on the oranges and most of the coriander. Dress with the orange juice left from the sectioning of oranges and the remaining olive oil. Toss gently and then sprinkle with the remaining coriander. Serves 6.
Beauty Secrets of Moroccan Women
Everyone knows the best way to get luminous skin is to go to a hammam and soap up with beldi, scrub with a kassa, and get a rhassoul mask. Everyone knows the way to get perfect hair is to wash it with henna and finish with argan oil. Everyone knows the quickest way to slim down is with turmeric, cumin, and green mint tea.
What? You‚Äôve never heard of this stuff? Ah, come to Morocco, we will teach you!
Massage room at Dar Les Cigognes
Many of the most common health and beauty tips in Morocco are exotic mysteries to foreigners, but here we will give you a taste of the authentic local secrets. You can order many of these things online and try them at home, but to truly understand there‚Äôs only one way: you just have to come visit and get the full experience.
The central feature of the Moroccan beauty regime is the hammam, which is similar to a Turkish bath or a spa. A tranquil haven in which to shed the worries of the everyday, the hammam is also the setting for some of the best Moroccan skin- and hair-care tools.
After letting the steam room open your pores, the first step in the hammam ritual is to lather your skin with beldi. Beldi is a smooth black soap with the consistency of butter. Made from crushed olives and olive oil, it is full of vitamin E for bright, healthy skin. It thoroughly moisturizes and nourishes your skin to get that lovely soft, silky feel. Cover your whole body in the creamy goo and leave it for 5-10 minutes to work its magic.
Then comes the kassa, a rough glove used to scrub the whole body. Moroccan women know how to exfoliate: if you come to a hammam and pay for a scrub, a motherly woman with the strength of ten men will scour every inch of your skin with a kassa until it glows. After the beldi wash, dead skin sloughs off easily, and the kassa treatment will make you feel like a whole new person.
Next is a rhassoul mask, a unique Moroccan treat. Rhassoul is a clay found only in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco with wonderful cosmetic advantages. It‚Äôs extremely absorbent, and though it normally comes in powder or small bars, it turns into a thick paste when mixed with water. Coat your skin in this rich mud to take advantage of its incredible properties: it tones and enriches skin, removing impurities and nourishing it with vital minerals.
Finally, moisturize with argan oil. In Western countries this miracle product is often called Moroccan oil, since it comes from the argan tree which grows exclusively in Morocco. It‚Äôs recently risen in popularity as a hair treatment, but it‚Äôs also great for skin care. The silky oil is rich in proteins that keep skin elastic and help to prevent wrinkles. It‚Äôs great for dry skin, but surprisingly it‚Äôs also perfect for oily skin: argan oil helps to regulate the production of sebum in your skin.
Traditional Moroccan Hammam at Dar Les Cigognes
Now that your skin has been buffed and polished to perfection, it‚Äôs time to wash your hair. Henna is the plant for this job; it nourishes, moisturizes, and smoothes hair to leave it glossy and strong. You thought henna was only for painting pretty designs on hands and feet? Not so! Like argan oil, it regulates sebum production, so it‚Äôs just as good for oily hair as dry hair. It also helps add volume to fine hair. For dry or curly hair, you should finish with more argan oil to smooth split ends and moisturize without weighing hair down or making it look greasy.
But the cosmetic wisdom of Morocco doesn‚Äôt stop when you leave the hammam. Here are a few great diet tips straight from Marrakech: turmeric is a great spice for boosting your metabolism and flushing toxins from the liver. It can also help to lower blood sugar. Feeling bloated? Moroccans know cumin is the answer. It stimulates enzymes that help to break down food more efficiently, easing digestion and preventing gas and bloating. Of course, the best turmeric and cumin is sold at the spice markets in Marrakech. Finally, green mint tea is perfect for flushing toxins from your system and making you look and feel younger. It‚Äôs traditional to drink green mint tea with every meal in Morocco, and it‚Äôs not uncommon for merchants to insist you sit with them for a glass of tea while having a friendly debate over the price of their wares.
As we‚Äôve mentioned, most of these things can be found online or at your local health food store. You can bring a small piece of Morocco home with you to try to recreate the effect. But that will not be the authentic experience. You cannot truly understand the beauty and vitality beating at the heart of Morocco until you come visit us and immerse yourself completely in the wonders and delights of Marrakech.
“Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag” films at Dar Les Cigognes
Watch the filming of Anna & Kristina's Grocery bag films at Dar Les Cigognes by Sanssouci Collection
Dar Les Cigognes recently hosted an episode of “Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag” a TV show distributed globally on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The show takes a hot new cookbook by a major chef and then cooks from it. Invited to taste their cooking is a globally recognised expert in the cuisine of choice. The book that brought this show to Morocco was the wonderful book by Mourad Lahlou, “New Morocco”. Mourad’s book has received many awards, including best new cookbook of 2012. Mourad himself has also been awarded a Michelin star, and his book is a gem of fresh approaches to Moroccan classics.
The judge of the show is Choumicha, Morocco’s biggest TV star, and Morocco’s biggest food star.
The show is an entertaining romp through the girls’ exploration of his recipes, and the fine cooking that results. Choumicha is duly impressed.