“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. It has been more than a joy to share our kitchen and table with you.”


“I am so very excited & have already invited our guests (in our minds) to share this with once home. I have honestly had the best experience. It will definitely be a highlight of our trip to Australia. It is definitely a draw card back to Melbourne. Thank you so much.”


“All the team are still raving about Friday. Saying it’s the best team building event they have ever done.
Massive thanks to you, Tony, Michelle and Marni on making our day such a success.”

Jacqui - Bunnings group

Hello Nellie,
I just wanted to let you know what a lovely evening we all had last Friday night. I think we all learnt a little bit more about the team!
Thank you for your thoughtfulness and splendid hospitality, the team are still commenting on what a fantastic time they had and many have already tried some recipes!
A very enlightening and relaxing time was had by all.

Kind regards, Selena - South-Eastern Sales Coordinator Lifestyle Communities

Hi Nellie,

I just wanted to say a big thank you for making my birthday such a special occasion on Friday night.
I had the most wonderful time and all my guests have been raving about it!
It was so much fun cooking your wonderful recipes together and of course, then getting to eat them! Yum!
And the birthday cake was such a lovely surprise and so delicious, I just wished I had room to eat more of it.
It is testament to you creating such a warm and welcoming space that I just couldn’t get my friends to leave!
You have really created something very special.
Thank you once again and best wishes,


“A great big thanks for the atmosphere, conversations, amazing food, and passion around bringing people together that Nellie has got going on at Relish Mamas. Hope you have a great Christmas!”

Tim Dane

“Hi Nellie,

You and Relish Mama are simply stunning!
As soon as I walked into your venue last night I knew it was going to be special. You have the magic, the vibe, the welcoming warmth and the winning formula.
Thank you for teaching us a great Christmas dinner with easy-to-follow and simple process for a stunning result. The setting was comfortably elegant and the meal was absolutely delicious!
Also Nellie you kitchen is just gorgeous – I want one of everything!
All the best, have a great day & Merry Christmas.”


“Nellie… you and your staff — Emma, Martine, Fiona and Michelle – have made such a lasting impression on not only the students, but on us, their teachers and chaperones. We have found Relish Mama to be a genuine and meaningful place to learn, where one is also able to share the result of that learning in a congenial and appreciative way. The smells, the warmth, the comfort, the friendliness, the cleanliness, the order — just to name a few characteristics of the environment you have created – and most of all your wide-awake enthusiasm and heartfelt caring for the students, have all been like seeds that have been planted deep into the soil of the pupils’ hands, their hearts, and their minds.
Our work with you was the pinnacle of our Class Trip. The experiential, quantitative/qualitative balanced approach at Relish Mama fit perfectly into our Waldorf-Steiner pedagogy. I cannot thank you enough for all that you have given and we feel blessed that we found you.
With heartfelt gratitude.”

Ralph and Maureen

Dear Nellie

I just wanted to say thank you for making Zoe’s first cooking lesson a day to remember or as she said “It was the most awesome day”
I think she repeated her whole class to both myself and her pa when she got home yesterday. How she made Spring Rolls, Rice Paper
Rolls, Dumplings and Banana Roti which she thought tasted wonderful and how awesome the kitchen was – then she said “Nana I brought the Cookbook with the money
I had left over and the lady that taught me to cook guess what she signed it”.
I then had a call from my son last night after returning yesterday from a business trip. Zoe and Max (10) had cooked him dinner out
of the new cookbook. Zoe made Parma and Max Chicken Teriyaki. He said quote “Best meal I have had in ages. They are now
choosing a 3 course meal to make next Saturday for their Mum and Dad’s Anniversary.
Sorry this is such a long e-mail but I really can’t put into words how much she enjoyed her day – so a very big ’THANKYOU” from Nan & Pa and am sure
I will be booking more birthday experiences with you.

Kindest Regards, Elaine

“Hi Nellie – I would just like to thank you all for such a great night last Friday. Everyone really enjoyed the cooking and sharing a meal afterwards. It was a perfect event for our Managers and partners as it catered for all ages and was a very relaxed and fun night. There has been a papaya salad enjoyed for lunch in the office already and everyone is looking forward to testing their cooking skills with the beautiful recipes provided. You have a passion for food which shines through and your hospitality is warm and inviting. We wish you all the best and will recommend your classes to colleagues, family and friends.”

Kindest Regards - Ann Clifton - State Project Coordinator - Bendigo Bank

“Just wanted to tell you that both Amelia and Laura had an extremely wonderful time at your cooking class today. They really enjoyed the selected recipes and liked how you explained everything in detail.
It was an experience that the girls can both cherish together forever!!

Thank you for all your hard work and organising these events for children to enjoy the art of cooking.
It is a credit to you and Relish Mama.”

Daniela, Amelia and Laura

Hi Nellie

Just wanted to thank you for helping me to make my family Christmas lunch yesterday the hit that it was.

It is the first one without my mum and I wanted it to be special. Thanks to your ideas and a few new recipes along with the old favourites made for a perfect day with the family – 18 very well fed and mighty impressed people.
Merry Christmas to you and your family I will be back next year with a few girls for another fun night of cooking.


Hi Nellie,

Finally got to use my newly acquired BBQ skills last night – cooked up a cracking Beerbutt Chicken with some chipotle corn. Claire was suitably impressed, and I’ve never seen the dog get quite so excited about me cooking! It might become a staple over spring-summer now.

Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon of BBQ training,


“Next time we are in Melbourne, we will be booking another class. Fun, exciting and well worth coming (from New Zealand).”


“Awesome!! It was inclusive, creative and easy to be involved. Great hosts – keep it up!”


“Relish Mama is a culinary inspiration of the senses. It is very inspirational in a relaxed and very warm environment.”


“Hi Nellie,

Just thought I’d send you a quick note to say how much I’m enjoying your classes. I find them to be very inspiring and I lways go away ready to try at least one or two of the class recipes within a couple of days (and with great success, I might add).

Your passion, warmth and energy is apparent to all that attend.I’ll see you again soon at the Vegetarian class”

Take care….Donna S

“Hi Nellie,

I just wanted to write to say how completely chuffed I am that Dad enjoyed your class so much last night. And I’m so glad I was there too to understand why!

From start to finish, you made it such a pleasurable experience. You have a very special gift to be able to create such a warm, affectionate environment with so potent a level of interest from all those blokes in the finer details of quality food, ingredients,process, cooking and sharing as you did. Ultimately, the enjoyment of it all was so easy and beautiful to be a part of. Like I said as we were leaving, given that I’ve had first-hand experience of how truly awesome your whole thing set-up is, I will most definitely be buying more gift vouchers for loved-ones down the track…and hopefully I’ll get along myself again too!”

Many thanks, Alex

“Hi Nellie,

My children both attended your cooking class during the hoildays and came back raving about it! Thank you for opening up your home and sharing your talent and love of good food with them, they had a fabulous time and are looking forward to another session with you sometime soon.

My son has always loved cooking shows, particularly Junior Masterchef, and now asks to cook for us at home. As you can imagine this has now created some healthy competition between him and my older son who is 13 yrs old. They download recipes and put in their requests for our weekly fruit & vegie delivery in advance.

Thank you for a lovely holiday activity that the whole family has come to benefit from!”

Cheers! Danni M

“Hi Nellie,

I wanted to say a very big thank you for having us in your beautiful cooking school last night for what was a wonderful night!!! Everyone had so much fun and we learnt so much. The meals you selected were delicious. You really are such a beautiful lady inside and out and that really shows in your teaching. We cannot wait to come back again soon! Thanks again for all the trouble you went to.”

Kristy K

“Hi Nellie,

Just thought id drop you a quick email to say thank you again for last weeks mid week inspiration meals class!

We hope you had a lovely Mothers Day and were spoilt by your three gorgeous girls. Our Mum certainly was, as after your class, Daniel and I cooked the fish in the bamboo steamer (which I must make mention, we selected a bamboo steamer for our wedding gift registry recently and I do believe it would still be sitting at the back of the cupboard as every time I looked at it I thought, Im not sure how to use you!!!!), a salad with goats cheese and your delicious beetroot relish, followed by the berry shortbread. It was a beautiful lunch and Mum was so happy.

Your philosophy of the love food can bring to the table when your family is together is so true!”

Kind regards, Jane S

“Dear Nellie,

What a wonderful class you conducted last week for Slow Food part 2. Your warm setting made me feel so comfortable and the dishes we cooked were fantastic. I will definitely be back for another class. Thank you once again.”


“Warm, wonderful and Inspiring. A lovely setting & beautiful food. Nellie – you have a wonderful way of sharing your love of food! Thank you – I had a great night!”


“Loved it! Relevant, healthy & very impressive dishes with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere!”


“I am travelling and this was the highlight of my holiday! A delightful class and experience! Thank you for a stunning evening!”


“Delicious!!! Helped dispel many cooking mysteries for me.”


“Loved this class! I have been cooking for over 35 years and yet I learnt so much. It was a lovely interactive cooking experience that highlights the value of ‘real’ food and exciting combinations of spices and flavour. Thank you Nellie.”


“Absolutely fabulous Nellie!! Your style is so friendly, you are efficient and smooth in your cooking. An excellent teacher! A wonderful experience with great company and sensational food!”


“A beautiful class and feeling right from arrival. Food cooked with love! Thank you.”


“I feel very confident to try this in my own home! I feel that this 3 hour class is going to change my entire kitchen experience! Thank you!”


“A warm, welcoming and friendly night where I learnt some great tips and lovely wholesome recipes that I cannot wait to share with my family. Your beautiful business certainly comes from the heart! I can only wish you future success.”


“Hi Nellie!

Thank you for an absolutely wonderful, magical, incredibly special and delicious private Fathers’ Day dinner for my family. Our entire family chopped and minced and stirred and sliced andhad an amazing time! It is a rare occasion indeed when all five us can enjoy an evening together like this, laughing and eating and having fun in each other’s company. You thoughtfully provided a personalized menu and Fathers’ Day signs for Preston and carefully catered for all of our various tastes, from “foodie” to “vegetarian”. You even managed to indulge the gastronomical whims of my 10-year-old, who normally will eat little other than pizza and cold cereal! You have such a gracious and warm manner and you encouraged everyone and treated us all with respect. I cannot thank you enough for this fantastic night. It was a spectacular class and a night that we will remember with great fondness.”


“Dear Nellie, I am here sending you a few ‘snaps’ to show you the impact of your Christmas cooking class! All of the family and friends were astonished and so was I – Thank you for the inspiration!”


“I have been meaning to drop you a line for quite some time – but you know what life is like …. busy – busy – busy! I really loved the Pizza Making class and just wanted to thank you for another fantastically run cooking session. The class certainly paid off when we went away & tested your lesson on the newly installed pizza oven. Wow, what a night! I made pizza after pizza, and no 2 pizzas were alike. Amazing what a difference fresh herbs and quality ingredients make. Our respective families thank you, although they’re all a few kilos heavier for it.You really have devised such a lovely and inviting way to bring people together through the love of food. Starting the night off with a bubbly is a great way to break the ice. Sitting down at the end of the night, again with a little ‘vino’ and eating what we created, is such a terrific way to cap the night off. Eating and chatting to people we have just met, and yet feeling like we’ve all known each other for ages, what an ingenious way you run your business! Thank you Nellie, it’s always a pleasure coming to Relish Mama and feeling so warm and welcomed.”


“This was most definitely the best & most informative cooking class I have participated in.”


“Hello Nellie, I am so glad we found you! The function yesterday was so perfect, thank you. I have received rave reviews about it from everyone here in the office.”


“A lovely evening we will treasure! I can’t wait to cook!”


“Hi Nellie, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful day you provided for ‘CanTeen’ last Saturday.  Everyone really enjoyed it and would all love to come back too.  You made us all feel really welcome and comfortable and it was just the right mix of everything. I am sure this wont be the last time we visit your lovely place & eat some yummy food!”


“Thanks so much! Your class was fantastic! I really hope to get to another one when I’m in Melbourne next. I’ve already been raving about you to the ladies here at work. Was really nice to meet you and share some of your inspiration.”


“Many thanks again for a wonderful evening last night. I desperately want to come & experience more beautiful recipe’s like the ones we had last night. Again many thanks for a beautiful night.”


“Absolutely beautiful! Food with amazing flavors. I cannot wait to cook them!”


“My mother kindly bought me an evening at Relish Mama to learn how to cook with my father. While not thinking it was my cup of tea, I was keen to spend time with my dad and do something new. I arrived and was immediately put at ease. It was like going to a good friends place for a BBQ. People were standing around having a beer or a wine and chatting. Everyone introduced themselves and it was soon apparent that we were all in the same boat. No one really knew each other and we were all pretty average in the kitchen. Nellie is the perfect host. Her personality and warmth impact upon you as forcefully as her blinding smile. No question was too silly and everything was explained in a way we could understand. We sat around in a relaxed, informal way while Nellie walked us through a few fantastic recipes. The theme was “Blokes Cooking” and the dishes we were taught were easy but still quite impressive. Everyone got a go at actually “doing” the cooking along the way and we all chipped in which was a lovely experience – especially with friends who you had never met only a couple of hours earlier. After the dishes were all prepared we sat down at Nellie’s very own (beautifully set) dining table and shared the meal together. Lots of great conversation, wine and of course food. I never thought I would enjoy myself so much but it was fantastic and I am actually doing all the recipes myself this weekend for a BBQ for my wife’s birthday. The lovely home, Nellie’s infectious warmth, passion and personality all combined to make a wonderful experience. Nellie just “gets it” from the moment you enter to her friendly embrace at the end of the evening – a truly amazing woman and a truly amazing night. Thank you and I can’t wait to get back. I have already booked all my staff in for a fun evening together and am working on my mates to have a go as well.””


“Just wanted to say what a great fun night it was last night. I really enjoyed the food, the other cooks and your passion for food. I think you are a winner!”


“This was way better than I expected! You create a wonderful enviroment with a great mix of learning, hands on trying & fun! Thank you so much.”


“Very well done. Perfect balance between relaxed fun atmosphere & educational experience.”

Jane. R

“You have shown me that putting on a dinner party doesn’t have to be stressful & daunting & it can actually be a whole lot of fun!”


“Fabulous! Nice, patient & encouraging manner. Excellent fun & fantastic tips! Thank you.”


“So inspiring to hear someone talk about food with such love and passion.”


“Hi Nell, Just wanted to let you know how excited my children were when they came tonight. They had the best time cooking and thought the class was fantastic.”


“Lovely, friendly atmosphere – great fun! A wonderful way to be ‘eased’ out of cooking boredom!!”


“Fantastic, relaxed evening with lots of handy tips. Also great to learn where to source good ingredients & tips regarding seasonal & good quality produce. Really enjoyed the night – thanks Nellie!”


“A most magnificent experience. Congratulations, good luck and thank you for sharing your enthusiasm & passion for cooking! I found this class so inspiring.”