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

x Nellie

“Hi Nellie… We have just had the most wonderful night at Relish Mama… it was the best way to celebrate my special birthday with my friends. The food & wine were delicious and your staff, Anna & Caroline were amazing and certainly contributed to a night I won’t forget. I cannot thank you enough for everything you did right down to making sure there was Chardonnay for me and the beautiful birthday cake… wow!”


“I am so very excited & have already invited our guests 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.”


“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.”


“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

“Hi Nellie

I had my team at your business last Thursday night and we had such an enjoyable night and all 16 of us have been raving about it since. You will no doubt have future visitors from North East Vic into the future.

Keep up the great experiences.

Chris Day - Middy's Electrical

“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.”

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”


“Hi Nellie,

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

“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 leftover 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 “THANK YOU” from Nan & Pa and am sure I will be booking more birthday experiences with you.”


“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.”

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.”


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


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


“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 always 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.”

Donna S

“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!”


“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!”

Danni M

“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

“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!”


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


“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.”


“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.”


“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!”


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


“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 recipes 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.”


“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!”


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


“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!!”


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