The Cooking Instructor

When you join any class it’s always good to know a little bit about who will be running the show….

So, I was the young person who in my final year of school, wrote in my yearbook that I wanted to be a cook/chef. No lofty aspirations of becoming a lawyer or captain of industry (it was that kind of school). A humble cook is what I wanted to be. And that is what I continue to be and more. I am a cookbook author, recipe developer, private cook, caterer and all round foodie who has been running cooking classes (both face to face and virtually) for longer than I care to admit! 😊

2021 will be the school’s 8th year of operation and my 18th year of teaching cooking.

I have qualifications in cooking, gastronomy and hospitality and have a passion for producing food which is not only delicious but also easy to make at home.  My work is done if ultimately you want to cook.

My experience as a cooking instructor and writer/developer of recipes has taught me which recipes work well and what food types people enjoy. Students are always discovering something new, as I share my own insights and experiences and I create a real environment of exchange, learning, community and fun as the cooking takes place.

Come and join a class – I would love to see you!

Diana

About The Classes

Classes are run from my kitchen in Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains (approx. 90 mins from Sydney). They are a great way to spend a few hours getting away from it all (even when you are in your own kitchen during a virtual class), meeting new people and sharing the experience of creating a meal together.

In the face to face classes, the kitchen is purpose-built for cooking demonstrations but if you would like some hands-on involvement, then we offer that, too! I teach attendees about cooking techniques, ingredients and provide recipe hints and tips along the way. At all of the classes, we sit down and enjoy the dishes we have made, so people never leave the class hungry!

About The Location

Face to face classes are held in a beautiful Wentworth Falls house (circa 1910) which is set on an acre of gardens and orchard. Originally built as a guest-house, the house has all the splendor of its original era, combined with the comfort of modern times.

The demonstration kitchen is the perfect setting for the relaxed observation of a cooking class, but if you feel like day-dreaming, just glance out the window to see our sweeping pines and blossoming fruit trees.

In the virtual classes, I teach from my kitchen and “join” you in your kitchen as we cook up a storm together.