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Tastes of West Africa: A Culinary Institute for Adventurous Cooks REGISTER NOW

Tastes of West Africa 2019 – CANCELLED

We regret that we have had to cancel the 2019 Tastes of West Africa Culinary Institute.



February  1 – 10, 2019  

Senegal’s national dish, Thieboudienne

Join us on an unforgettable culinary sojourn!


Together with world-renowned Senegalese chef, Pierre Thiam, the West African Research Association is thrilled to be taking off to sunny Senegal for a week of adventure. We will explore markets; meet the people who grow, harvest and prepare the food of Senegal; and cook side by side with Chef Thiam.


I found the whole experience simply brilliant. I had never thought of getting to know a country or culture through cooking its food.  But it has now become my gold standard for really understanding any country I plan to visit.

—Robbie Smith, 2017 Tastes participant




During Tastes of West Africa, you will learn to prepare signature West African dishes under the tutelage of an internationally acclaimed chef while discovering the region through food and travel. You will leave the program with a new understanding the cultures and history of West Africa as well as some new recipes with which to delight and amaze your friends and family.


Trip Highlights

  • Food

    Learn to prepare a range of West African dishes from prep and shopping to dining.

  • Opportunity

    Work side-by-side with world-renowned chef, Pierre Thiam.

  • Travel

    Travel to Goree Island, Lac Rose, Keur Moussa, and other fun destinations!

  • Accomodations

    Stay at some of the most beautiful accommodation in Senegal.

  • Lectures

    Explore the culture and history of West Africa with internationally known scholars.

Note: Because this program involves preparing dishes that may have peanuts, dairy, meats and wheat products, it is not advised for those with severe food allergies. Participants must be able to maintain a moderate walking pace and be comfortable moving over uneven surfaces, getting in and out of boats, and going up and down stairs.