Chef Fernando of Soy Chef was a true instructor and more importantly a true chef. His passion for the food and the why as well as the how of the cuisine was a strong foundation for our experience. It was interactive but also educational. Chef shared cooking tips, the right way to make paella, the history behind a Spanish meal and wonderful details on technique, from the ingredients (cuts of chicken, authentic saffron, the optimal kind of rice) to seasoning the paella pan. We learned slicing techniques with the knife, uses of the olive oil, what a pinch of salt really looks like, and how oil can be used both to boil and fry. We made chicken and vegetable paella, Spanish omelette, Malaga salad with cod, and a poached apple dessert. We learned how to make Sangria. All was delicious and we even got a discount at the local market for saffron and pimenton to take home. It was a perfect experience - and it was very reasonable. Based in the Mercado you were able to get a tour of the various merchants and the sights and smells of the marketplace. Simply unforgettable!