James opted out of the private cooking lesson but of course this was one of my most favorite experiences in Uruguay. I went with our guide Tamara and our driver to La Quinta de la Arteaga. The venue is used for weddings and parties and the chef is well known in this area (just outside Montevido).
Chef Leonardo was very patient and kind. He didn't speak much English but explained the sound when meat hit the pan as "music to his ears." Chef Leonardo also said that he likes using large, white plates as a canvas - saying that food is art.
The experience was amazing and I learned to make sauces and lamb cutlets as well as an amazing but simple to make potato, apple lasagna.