Will you be part of our big family too?
The same passion.
The same journey.
The same destination.
Two families who left Venezuela to train and gain professional experience in the great Spanish metropolis, Madrid and Barcelona.
We all fell in love with the immense variety and richness of Spanish gastronomy.
And fate, finally brought both families to this wonderful island of, Tenerife – the island of eternal spring.
Our goal, in coming here, was not to have to work a single day.
And we have succeeded.
Because, for us, getting to know you and sharing our culinary knowledge in Cook & Taste with all of you, is not working.
It’s doing what we love most – cooking, managing a business and making he most of the qualities and knowledge of each member of this team while promoting the culture and cuisine of Tenerife and Spain.
What more could we ask for?
Meet the members of the Cook & Taste Tenerife family
Originally from Venezuela but of Canarian ancestry, Juancho has lived and breathed gastronomy from a very young age. After opening his own restaurant in his hometown, Juancho trained in gastronomic and restaurant management, finance and marketing until becoming a Gastronomic Consultant.
Enthusiastic and kind, lover of meals cooked in the warmth of a family, Juancho specialised in Mediterranean cuisine at the Hoffman School. In addition to managing and sharing his culinary knowledge in Cook & Taste, Juancho also collaborates as a columnist in Gastronomic Point G, where he writes about today’s culinary world and trends.
Maddy will treat you with your first smile upon arriving at Cook & Taste.
Maybe even before, because Maddy is our voice in our social networks and in our online booking portal!
A graduate in Digital Marketing, Maddy has also worked an English teacher for many years. Friendly, approachable, and very sensitive to the needs of the people around her, Maddy’s warm tone of voice (and her beautiful big eyes), will make you feel part of our family from the very first moment.
Rafa’s passion for the ancestral art of cooking started at a very young age. Rafa remembers with nostalgia the afternoons he spent at very early age with his mother, grandmothers and aunts in front of the stoves. He has no doubt those wonderful afternoons learning all about traditional cooking from the women of his family have made him the lover of good food and good living he is today.
Rafa combines the knowledge obtained from his university degree in human resources and the skills learnt in an emblematic restaurant in Madrid during 10 years of experience and shares it all with his students in Cook & Taste where he combines heritage and tradition with new gastronomic tendencies.
Virginia – director and administrator at Cook and Taste Tenerife – has Canarian and Italian origins and grew up in a family where both her parents were professional cooks. A tad petite in stature, Virginia has a gigantic heart and a great organizational capacity. All of these qualities, coupled with her formation in human resources, make her the ideal person to command our great family. With a heart of gold, she is passionate about helping others through social and humanitarian work in different organizations and the church. Virginia is, in other words, the mother of this great family, the person who always keeps us motivated with her contagious strength and optimism, and keeps everything in in order.
Why you can’t leave Tenerife without trying the Cook & Taste experience
Cook & Taste is not just any ordinary cooking school! We’re a group of good food lovers like you with an overwhelming desire to share our culinary knowledge with all our students!
Drawing on their extensive international experience, Juancho and Rafa design courses that combine traditional and modern techniques to create recipes so delicious your guests will be gobsmacked!
Nos hace muy felices saber que vas a pasar un buen rato aprendiendo recetas prácticas que puedes reproducir en casa. Y, por eso nuestros precios son tan accesibles.
Our loft style space reflects the human warmth and positive energy of these islands. Clean, modern and contemporary, you’ll always feel at home at Cook & Taste Tenerife.
Our classes combine the best of the Canarian and Spanish tradition with fascinating contemporary cooking techniques.
We want you to be able to fully enjoy your culinary experience in the Canary Islands. That’s why we limit our number of participants. And that’s, our classes fill up so quickly!