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The passion behind relish mama

About Relish Mama

Relish Mama provides the best cooking classes near Melbourne’s CBD and a dinner party all in one. Voted as one of the top 5 cooking classes and experiences that the city has to offer, we are the perfect choice for food lovers of all ages. Relish Mama teach hands on cooking courses as well as demonstration lessons at our purpose built cooking school. We use wonderful fresh, seasonal ingredients and cook and enjoy them in a relaxed, charming and very social environment. It is a place where the food cooked is real and where it has life, colour and flavour!

If you’re looking for the best professional cooking classes in Melbourne covering a wide range of cuisines, we have the solution for you. Classes on offer include Thai, Moroccan, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, Greek and Mexican. We also regularly host:

  • classes for men
  • dessert and pastry making lessons
  • guest chefs including Michele Curtis, Annie Smithers, Guy Mirabella, Tony Chiodo, Emma McKay & Quyen Lyon.
  • seafood classes,
  • Mid week inspiration classes (for healthy and tasty fast dishes that the whole family will love)
  • Pizza cooking classes
  • Corporate/team building sessions
  • Vegetarian classes
  • Private lessons
  • Christmas classes

In addition to our adult’s classes, we also offer wonderful hands on lessons for children each school holidays, including our very popular teens classes. A great learning activity for the children that the whole family will benefit from.

All dishes cooked in class are later enjoyed around a beautifully set table, including wine and good cheer!


We have launched a crowd funding campaign for support of The upcoming Relish Mama cookbook due for release December, 2014.
We really need your support and ask that you pop over here to check out our pozible campaign. Our target is $15,000 before the 29th August to turn a dream into a reality. We are not asking for donations....there are great rewards and a fabulous way to buy your book in advance.
Thank you sincerely, Nellie


Fathers day is almost here and Relish Mama has you sorted. Put a big smile on Dad's face with wither a Relish Mama gift voucher to a class of his choice, a fantastic cooking class like this one or this one or why not your favourite fella one of our gourmet hampers.

Don't miss Nellie's fabulous 'Curries of the world' cooking class on September 2nd. This is the last time this wonderful class will run this year. For more details and bookings, click here.  Nellie is also bringing back the popular Beginners / Kitchen confidence class on September 4th. Highly valuable and great for all levels. It is a wonderful night out & lots to master in a relaxed setting & format. Details here.

Out most popular class on the schedule.......our Moroccan class is running again on the 9th September. Don't miss your place in this incredible class with an outstanding menu perfect for sharing.

We have an amazing line of professional cooking classes near Melbourne CBD this year (that we build on constantly). Classes are held in our beautiful purpose built cooking school so be sure to check out our schedule page. We’ll teach you how to make ‘real food’ using the best, real ingredients and have a lot of fun along the way!

Visit here for more info and to book online!

We hope to see you in our kitchen soon!

Children's classes

Relish Mama offer wonderful hands on classes for children as well as teens and tweens each school holidays and occasionally in between. Check out our schedule page for more details.

A note from Nellie

Food and gatherings were such an enormous part of my childhood. I fell joyously in love with entertaining and throwing parties when I first left home. I relish opening our door and sharing our table and a special meal with others. I love the celebration of honest everyday cooking and that is what my food is all about. When a meal is shared at our table or around our bench, the hectic pace stops! Not only do we enjoy the food and its many flavours, we stop and enjoy each other and all of the unique and incredible things that make us family and friends – how grateful I am that we came to find one another. Sharing food in this way brings a very special richness to my life – it is what make me….well, me.

I opened ‘Relish Mama’ very early in 2009 by turning a lifelong dream and passion of offering some of the best cooking classes into a reality. Cliché, it seems, but I followed a dream and have never looked back. Relish Mama is all about celebrating the everyday. It is about celebrating a shared table and simple but honest ingredients with those that choose to share our large kitchen bench and table and those that leave feeling a little more enriched and hopefully, a little more loved, elated and confident.

For me, good food and great home cooking is all about the passing on and sharing of knowledge with each other. Don’t hold it close to our chests – let’s share it. No matter how many restaurants I go to, nothing beats home style cooking prepared with love that is served at a table with those I love and who I can share a great laugh with - share myself with. This sort of sharing is good for the soul. It adds a little magic to our days.

It is about so much more than the food but good food and a shared table is where the magic truly begins!

Happy cooking to you all!