We Try Cooking Classes at Relish Mama

Relish Mama. Photo: Tamara Erbacher.

Relish Mama. Photo: Tamara Erbacher.

 

The promise

Nellie Kerrison’s cooking school promises to teach great home cooking using the freshest of ingredients in a nurturing and very social environment. I book in for a night of learning to cook Spanish tapas – billed as gutsy, sophisticated, fresh and charming. My mouth is already watering!

 

The reality

Entering Relish Mama is like walking into someone’s gorgeous home that just happens to include a cooking-school kitchen. I’m handed a glass of champagne and warmly welcomed. I feel like I’m at a fabulous dinner party where I don’t know anyone but everyone is interesting and has a story to tell.

Someone quips that they are auditioning for My Kitchen Rules and the quick retort is, “Well I’m auditioning for our family dinner!”

We get started and Nellie tells us about her background, touches on the history of tapas and talks us through some key ingredients for Spanish cooking. There are about six meals on the menu so we break off into teams. We have been designated the Spanish meatballs; someone else does the paella.

When the dishes are ready we sit at a beautifully decorated table and share them. The food is scrumptious and prompts lively and engaging conversation between people who are otherwise strangers.

 

The pay-off

This is a truly wonderful evening. Nellie is the ultimate hostess and seems to be someone who expertly lives up to her life philosophy of relishing food, friends and family.

 

The pain factor

What could be painful about good food and good company?

 

Who should do it?

Anyone with an interest in food and cooking. If you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary, engagement or just to find a nice present for someone, this is an experience that won’t be forgotten quickly.

 

The bill

Classes on average cost about $150.

 

Would I do it again?

As soon as I can. Relish Mama offers classes in all kinds of cuisines, from Thai to Moroccan to Mexican. She’s also taking bookings for  her food tour of Italy later this year. ●

 

Relish Mama

Warehouse No. 1, 347 Bay Road, Cheltenham

9553 4846

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