Nellie

Nellie Kerrison

Owner / Founder , Relish Mama

The proud owner and founder of Melbourne’s acclaimed culinary school, Relish Mama which began in 2009. Many years of experience in the food industry with a strong background in business. Nellie grew up with a love and appreciation of cooking ‘real food’ and places an enormous priority on family. Nellie is a Mother to three wonderful teenage daughters.

She is a highly regarded and experienced culinary teacher and a food writer and has written for leading magazines and newspapers. She has a deep love of travelling and leads culinary tours overseas every year, mostly to Europe. Nellie is the published author of two cookbooks.

Caroline Gray

Caroline Gray

Owner/Food Consultant, A Bit of Jam & Pickle

Caroline has gained her extensive experience in the food and hospitality industries over 30 years. In the past 15 years, her interest has focussed on artisanal preserving where she has been recognised as an award-winning expert in this field. Besides teaching in several cooking schools around Melbourne, Caroline also assists clients in product development and contract production.

Using her grandmother’s copper pan she enjoys sharing her knowledge whilst teaching how to make the very best jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles and relishes.

Pauline Leonard

Pauline Leonard

Culinary class teacher and food and wine tour operator

Pauline Leonard has operated ‘Taste Cook Travel’ for more than 18 years and has spent many years travelling throughout Italy and Australia discovering the world’s best food, wine and lifestyle. Pauline specialises in hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations, market tours and special events. Her hands-on pasta making classes at Relish Mama are highly sought after and she commenced her classes with Relish Mama back in 2011.

Pauline’s philosophy is that cooking should be fun and entertaining and that one of life’s great pursuits is the enjoyment of good friends, great food and fantastic wine.

Rosa Mitchell

Rosa Mitchell

Executive Chef and owner Rosa’s canteen

Rosa spent the first seven years of her life on a little liquorice farm in the outskirts of Catania, set against the backdrop of Mount Etna. Rosa is renowned for her successful Sicilian inspired restaurant in Melbourne “Rosa’s Canteen’. Rosa says she cooks “as if you’ve come to my place for lunch”.

Her food is a thoroughly appealing blend of the recipes of her Sicilian family, her love of Australian ingredients and her commitment to the philosophies of the Slow Food movement.

Khristina Mulyono

Khristina Mulyono

Executive Pastry Chef at Arbory Melbourne. Master cake decorator and culinary teacher.

Khristina is a qualified pastry chef with many years of experience working in some of the finest restaurants in Melbourne and overseas. Khristina teaches outstanding pastry workshops at Relish Mama as well as hands-on cake decorating classes.

Khristina is incredibly generous and loves sharing her knowledge and skills with all who attend her classes. Khristina is a first generation pastry chef but a third generation baker and cake decorator.

Quyen

Quyen Lyon

Owner – Market2kitchen/Vietnamese Cooking Classes and Caterin

Vietnamese born, Quyen joined the Relish Mama team in 2010. Her passion and enjoyment of Vietnamese cooking have been passed on from her mother who was an amazing cook. As a young child, Quyen worked for her family at market stalls in Ho Chi Minh City, which is where she grew up. Quyen’s authentic market-style dishes are packed with flavour and suitable for all occasions.

Quyen loves sharing her recipes and insights into Vietnamese cuisine and culture in her lessons at Relish Mama.

Emma Mackay

Emma Mackay

Chef / Industry trainer

Emma Mackay is a highly awarded French-trained chef, pastry chef and qualified industry trainer of many years’ experience. Emma generously shares her many kitchen tales in her classes whilst also imparting her extensive culinary knowledge. From French Bistro to South East Asian street food, Vegan cooking, Modern Japanese to Ancient Grains and Pulses; Emma simply loves to cook.

Join Emma to learn solid methods and techniques in a fun and interactive class with delicious food,a glass of wine and many laughs.

Lou Wong

Lou Wong

Owner, Dumpling mania / Culinary teacher

As a native of California, Lou learned the art of dumpling making from her mother and grandmother. These memories have inspired her to preserve and share her cultural and culinary knowledge in her hands-on and very interactive cooking classes.

Lou’s class feedback from our guests is often described as “engaging, thorough, incredibly generous with knowledge and skills shared”.

Rebecca Ng

Rebecca Ng

Executive Chef / Owner of U, Ma & Me

Growing up in Tasmania, Rebecca formed an appreciation for fresh produce. Rebecca learnt the importance of precision and technique by working alongside her idol, internationally renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda.

Rebecca’s love for modern Asian food flourished as Sous Chef at Longrain and Head Chef at Magic Mountain saloon. Rebecca also her own bespoke catering business U, Ma & Me.

Pia Gava

Pia Gava

Cooking teacher and MasterChef Australia Alumni

Cooking teacher and MasterChef Australia Alumni & Author ‘Pia’s Table Food was an important part of Pia Gava’s Italian upbringing with family dishes suited to every occasion.

Pia has a strong passion to share these traditions and food memories alongside teaching her recipes like homemade pasta, Cicchetti (Italian appetisers), sweet treats and comfort food.

Pia was a contender in MasterChef Australia 2017 and has since published her first book ‘Pia’s table’. Pia is also a OnePlate Charity ambassador and shares her wonderful skills and recipes in all her workshops.

Meg Farrell

Meg Farrell

Director and Chief sauce maker, Nogo sauces

Meg started her business NOGO in 2016 when she was diagnosed with IBS (Fructose malabsorption).

Suddenly condiments were off the menu and the idea of NOGO was born. NOGO is now distributed Australia wide and is an award-winning brand. Meg loves educating others and sharing her extensive knowledge through her fructose friendly cooking classes.

Catherine Lancaster

Catherine Lancaster

Cooking teacher & host – Relish Mama

Catherine fell in love with cooking from a very early age. A generous and talented home-cook and the Mother of 3 young adult children -she has well and truly earned her apron strings. Catherine teaches the basics of good home-style cooking in her young adult’s Beginners classes as well as teaching kids and teens cooking classes.

Catherine joined the Relish Mama team in 2014 as a much-loved host in the kitchen and progressed to offering classes of her own in 2017. Her motto in life is “do what you love and love what you do”.

Jessie Alice

Jessie Alice

Culinary teacher and founder of The Thoughtful Kitchen

Jessie is the founder of The Thoughtful Kitchen. Spreading their passion for reducing food waste in the community. Jessie’s great work creates conversations about the problems with our modern connection to food and its origins, and how we can reimagine the value that wasted food holds. Jessie will show people how they can eat more simply, deliciously, and sustainably whilst saving money and having a munching good time.

Jessie will show you how to stop wasting food at home and unleash your creativity by using what’s on hand to create simple yet delicious everyday meals.

Gangani Marapana

Gangani Marapana

Culinary teacher / Sri Lankan cooking master

Gangani loves nothing more than sharing her wonderful Sri Lankan recipes that have been passed down from the many generations. Gangani is a highly experienced home cook and has been cooking Sri Lankan food for family and friends for as long as she can remember.

Her classes are filled with tips and flavour packed dishes that encourage others to cook delicious, healthy meals at home. She cherishes the importance of traditional food and strives to keep it alive.

Sally Gittus

Sally Gittus

Owner / Salute catering & culinary teacher for children & teens

Sally has grown up with a passion for good food and real ingredients. Her family operate a large orchard in country Victoria. Sally is a mother to four wonderful children and places priority on them eating well and learning to cook.

Sally is both a host and a culinary teacher at Relish Mama and teaches cooking classes to kids and teens every school holidays. Sally is the owner of Salute catering.

Kathy Tsaples

Kathy Tsaples

Owner / Sweet Greek Store Prahran Market

Kathy grew up learning to cook traditional Greek cuisine from her mother. These recipes have been passed down from generations. Her food is engrained with their culture and spirit.

She stands proudly behind two cookbooks, Sweet Greek and Sweet Greek Life. In 2016 she was awarded the winner of the HACCI Award for business excellence. Her vision to share her love for food and the Hellenic culture has materialised more than she could have imagined.

Cristina Vedovato

Cristina Vedovato

Culinary teacher and Confectioner

Cristina & her family ran a successful Gelateria for 15 years in Piedmont, northern Italy, before moving to Melbourne in 2015.

Christina only uses raw ingredients of the highest quality. Her highly praised gelato uses fresh fruit, organic milk and raw organic sugar, it’s the best way to preserve its texture and flavour. Cristina truly loves recreating a wonderful authentic Italian taste with ingredients that are produced sustainably.

Hayley Smorgan

Hayley Smorgon

Chef, author, Middle Eastern cuisine specialist

Hayley Smorgon is a self-confessed foodie and dessert chef who enjoys entertaining for family and friends. She is the co-author of Cooking From Memory (Hardie Grant 2006), Cooking From The Heart),Hardie Grant 2012), The Butcher The Baker, The Best Coffee Maker( Penguin 2012) and Every Bite Takes You Home (Ilura Press 2015), and she has written food-related articles for the Herald Sun and the Jewish News.

Hayley has visited Israel numerous times. Her style of food is opulent and abundant and looks as good as it tastes. Hayley loves Ottolenghi style and food philosopy also and she shares this generously in her classes. Hayley gives vegetables prominence on the dining table. and places great emphasis on stunning salads, Her food is fresh, modern and theatrical.