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About Relish Mama

Cooking classes in Melbourne with heart & soul

A place to unite over a love of great food, Relish Mama cooking classes in Melbourne, have been cooking and bringing people together since 2009. While there have been many changes to the world at large since those early years, the one constant has always remained: Food made with thought, and care and love is what brings us together. Food will always unite us and create moments of joy to enjoy with family, friends and colleagues.

Our cooking classes and food experiences are delivered to groups both online and in person. Thousands have enjoyed our classes over the years. They are a fabulous opportunity to develop your culinary skills in a relaxed and encouraging setting. Of course, if you need us in your house daily, Nellie’s signature cookbooks are yours to enjoy and are packed with inspiration as well as achievable, delicious recipes.

Our food philosophy is simple: ‘Eat and cook real food’. We will provide you with the skills and confidence to do just that.
The reward? Our incredible customers have more time to create and enjoy the magical moments that happen when families and friends come together to connect over a meal.

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“I have had the pleasure of meeting and cooking with some wonderful people, and I feel really fortunate to have shared a kitchen and a table with all of them.”

Nellie x

Nellie Kerrison

Founder

Meet Relish Mama

Relish Mama founder Nellie Kerrison grew up with a strong love and appreciation of cooking real food with real ingredients. The idea of friends & family sharing food around a table makes her feel alive. One of Nellie’s true passions is that she & her team can provide you with the skills to create beautiful meals & memories through their cooking classes in Melbourne (as well as online from anywhere in the world).

With many dances around the stove, Nellie is also a food writer, recipe developer & stylist. She holds a diploma in nutrition & nourishing ingredients inform the way she develops her easy-to-follow recipes. Nellie is continually exploring food history in other cultures & hosts food & wine tours overseas every year. Her extensive experience in the food world is matched by her love & affinity for bringing people together.

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Something for Everyone

Even if cooking hasn’t been your strongest skillset to now, it’s never too late to start. 

Our classes, resources and bespoke products are designed to empower absolutely anyone to connect with food in a new way.

Whether you’re an enthusiastic ‘home chef’, or simply aspire to be… we can provide you with the guidance, products and skills to pull together simple, nutritious meals from the staples you already have in your home, or inspire you to try something completely new.

We’ve been teaching cooking classes in Melbourne since 2009. Despite our recent challenges, we are taking the chance to build on our strong foundations and to connect with even more food lovers throughout the country and the world at large.

Customer Testimonials

“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.”
Maureen
“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!”
Nicole
“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.”
Anita
“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.”
Vicki
“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.”
Vicki
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The Relish Mama Cook Books

After the success of the first Relish Mama cookbook in 2014, the second much-awaited cookbook, Relish Mama ‘Family’ was published in 2018. The first Relish Mama cookbook was also proudly re-released in 2019.

These books celebrate ‘real food’. Food that you will be bursting to cook, eat and share with those who you call family.

The Relish Mama's Blog

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Chicken and Harissa One Tray bake

Chicken and Harissa One Tray bake Chicken and Harissa One Tray bake What’s not to love about a one-pan dinner? Especially ones that come with this much Ooomph & flavour. This is a fabulous recipe …

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Quick and easy Thai Red Curry Dumplings

Quick and easy Thai Red Curry Dumplings I imagine, like almost every adult on the planet, you have nights where dinner feels like a bit (alright…so a lot) of a drag. You want something quick …

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A very good looking potato and broccoli salad with loaded greens and kimchi

–   A very good looking potato and broccoli salad with loaded greens and kimchi We have thoroughly enjoyed creating and hosting some really special private group gatherings of late at Relish Mama. It is …

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