About us

I, Sergio Rifugio, will be your Host and Chef. I am Italian born but has spent the last 10 years in Andalucía, Spain, in the Marbella area working in a variety of top class establishments including the running of the Food & Beverage department for four different luxury complex on the Costa del Sol.

I am also very proud to let you know that Cooking Holiday Spain is now part of the Tourist Board and convention Bureau of Costa del Sol, becoming the first "legal" company in Andalucia specialized in culinary, winery and gastronomic activities.

The concept “CookingholidaySpain.com” was born in 2007 out of my great passion for anything to do with cooking, food, wine and everything that is connected with the gastronomic world.

<? alts(); ?>Cooking Holiday Spain has grown out of the need to provide a more personal & private service for the most demanding customers.

Our high quality personalized gastronomic services will bring you closer to a world of Andalucian flavours, which are healthily Mediterranean and innovatively creative.

I am sure that there will be something for everyone here, and the enjoyment I got from planning and producing these memorable holidays will be shared by you too.

After many years involved in the tourism industry we realised that there was a demand for a smaller, more personalised operator who could offer a more unique experience, one far different from those encountered from large coach companies, therefore, we are a company believing in personalised, quality and hands-on service to all our clients insuring our promises are kept! Thus, more often than not, tourists come as clients and leave as part of the family!

There is no limit to passion and this is something that I love to share during your stay with us: “Cooking is the pleasure of a satisfying meal in good company.”

In cooking we are only an extension of other people. One does not become a good cook in a vacuum, and certainly not overnight. It is a rather long process made up of exposure to good food and talented cooks.

Most of us have been moulded by someone we admire. My mother was my first mentor. Her food was simple, wonderfully honest, tasty and generous, and it is exactly on this basis that our cooking demonstrations are based.

My insatiable culinary curiosity has lead me to discover a wide range of different recipes and I have also been fortunate to be able to work with some extremely skilful and talented chefs, from whom I have stolen some secrets that I will share with you all.

All this has enriched me with a considerable “memory bank” that transcends any written recipes, a memory bank which is made up of tangible flavours spoken in different languages.