Yamba Cooking Classes

About our Northern Rivers Cooking Classes

Hello, thanks for stopping by. I’m Meredith and I am a self-taught cook who owns a kitchenware store with my husband Scott in the lovely beachside town of Yamba in northern NSW.

I present cooking classes in our home-style kitchen as a way to share simple, delicious recipes and ideas with like-minded people who have a love of food and eating. I like to create a sense of ‘community’ so you feel comfortable to approach me about anything to do with food or the products we offer in our shop. I’m here to help you become a more confident and creative cook.

How it Started

Scott and I opened our store in 2007 as a way of providing Yamba and its visitors with a one stop shop for quality kitchenware, tableware and cookware. In addition, the idea of a cooking school was an exciting concept. At first we commissioned local chefs to present classes to our willing participants and this worked very well for a time. The funny thing is, not many chefs are keen on presenting so it was a challenge to maintain a constant line up.

So, in the early part of 2013 I stepped up to the plate and presented my first cooking class. It was a topic dear to my heart, baking, something I love to do for relaxation and to share with others. The idea of presenting a class was so daunting and it took a whole lot of inner courage to stand in front of those eager students and present food that I loved to cook and eat. It sounds silly, doesn’t it? But most of us have a debilitating fear of public speaking.

I now have many years of presenting classes under my belt and it has certainly gotten easier, bolstered with the knowledge that I am supported and encouraged by a growing band of wonderful home-cooks looking for simple, delicious recipes that they can recreate at home for family and friends. These guys are my driving force and inspiration, and push me each and every class to bring the best I am capable of … and for that I am very grateful.

I now also host small-group food tours in magical Morocco and regional Italy. If you’d like to find out more about the tours click here.

I focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce as much as possible. I am an avid supporter of local business so I do my best to purchase my meat from the butcher, my fruit and vegetables from the local farmers market, and my bread from the baker. And I encourage you to do the same.

Would you like to join me for a cooking class? Click here to see what’s coming up, I would love to see you at a class soon.

Happy cooking x