Imagine an online marketplace that makes various culinary activities, such as cooking classes, wine tastings, and food tours easily accessible to all travellers and locals alike who wish to truly experience a certain culture.
How about an authentic cooking class taught by a nonna during your visit to Tuscany? Or finally, getting around to that backpacking trip across Asia you always wanted to do? Just this time your plans include cooking classes that will teach you how to prepare traditional Asian food?
Hard to believe?
Well, it was for us too, that is, until we found Cookly.ME.
What is Cookly.ME?
Dubbed as the Airbnb of cooking classes, Cookly is a booking service designed to connect food professionals and food lovers across the world. The platform helps you gain an invaluable, authentic culinary experience on your travels by enabling you to book a cooking class that’ll take place on your destination of choice.
With over 150 destinations, more than 1000 different cookery classes, and around 5000 traditional, mouth-watering recipes, tasting the world has never been so easy. No matter whether you wish to master the art of making pho, banana curry, spice pastes, or traditional Italian pasta dishes, discover Bangkok’s street food scene, book a wine tasting tour in France, visit an organic farm in Bali or a local fish market in Indonesia – Cookly will make it happen.
Now, how’s that for a souvenir?
Apart from being a booking platform, Cookly is the world’s largest foodie community that gathers a great number of like-minded individuals, from experienced chefs, food artisans, passionate cooks, food enthusiasts and bloggers, to those who wish to explore the world through different cuisines.
Who is the Cookly platform for?
If you are…
- A global foodie and a cultural explorer who enjoys travelling around the world and discovering new places and cultures by indulging in the local cuisine of places you visit, as well as sharing their experiences with others
- A food blogger with a keen eye for photography interested in travelling to a Cookly destination, reviewing a cooking class of your choice, and, if you like what you see (and taste) becoming a brand ambassador yourself
- A cooking school owner looking for the opportunity to get your cooking course out there, connect with potential customers, facilitate the booking process, increase your sales, and grow your business
- A company looking to organize a one-of-a-kind team event that will encourage teamwork, bring you and your employees closer together, boost productivity, and allow your teammates to have fun
…then Cookly.ME should be right up your alley!
How to use it?
The Cookly platform is designed with users in mind, so it’s quite intuitive, straightforward, and simple to use.
First, you can browse through the list of available cities before selecting the one you’d like to visit, or simply check whether the city you’d already planned on visiting is included in the destination list.
The next step is to select the date and time, pick a cooking class and a menu you wish to try, set the number of guests, and voila – your cooking lesson has been booked and you can proceed straight to the payment procedure.
You can book your cooking class either directly on the website, or by using the Cookly app available for both iOS or Android smart devices.
What makes Cookly stand out?
Despite the popularity of gastro-tourism, before Ozsanay and Marleau-Rancourt came up with the Cookly platform, booking a cooking class was not as easy and quick as it is today. Most of the cooking schools were operating only offline, so the tourists had trouble finding them and the whole process was very tiresome, time-consuming, and often doomed to failure.
Cookly was a much-needed game-changer.
Realizing a gap in the growing global culinary tourism market, the founders jumped at the opportunity to put their passion for food and technology into good use and create a service that is completely dedicated to providing an authentic culinary tourism experience.
What makes Cookly so popular is the fact that it not only makes the whole booking process a breeze, but it also represents a meeting place for all those looking to join a thriving foodie community and share their experiences with like-minded individuals.
The driving force of the Cookly team is their passion for making food tourism accessible to anyone by creating a community where food lovers can get to know different cultures through discovering, discussing, and learning about local cooking traditions while preparing some of the best traditional meals by themselves.
As the co-founder, Ben Ozsanay, says: “Our generation is moving away from pre-organized holiday packages. The new generation is dominated by independent travellers seeking authentic and unique experiences. That’s where Cookly comes in: we want to change the way people travel by letting them embark on a culinary adventure. We see food as a bridge between a country and its culture.”
Who’s behind it?
Launched in 2015 by co-founders Etienne Marleau-Rancourt and Ben Ozsanay, Cookly is run by a passionate team of food aficionados, travel junkies, culture enthusiasts, adventurous explorers, and tech whizzes who decided to follow their heart and focus on what they love the most – food.
They consider themselves to be more than colleagues who simply work together. They share the same passion, experiences, ideas and core values and all strive to achieve a single goal – help people learn about different cultures through experiencing local food and discovering authentic cooking traditions.
As their decision to use a personalized .ME domain name already suggests, Cookly is there to make your culinary experience unforgettable, no matter whether you are a customer, a cooking teacher, an aspiring chef, or a possible business partner, and that’s exactly what sets this service apart.
So, getting itchy feet and the hungries already?
If the answer is yes, head to Cookly.ME website, find a city or a country you’d like to visit and brace yourself for the ultimate travel experience that will allow you to learn about a country’s culture in a totally unique way.