Kids Cooking Classes & Birthday Parties

The Mini Chef Cooking Class program runs through the school holidays for children from 8 – 12 years (with a year on either side).  
Date doesn’t suit? Contact me for further dates.

Classes are $70 per child. When attending a class, please wear closed in shoes. All ingredients, plus recipes to take home, and an experienced child-friendly assistant. The children eat all the food we have cooked. If parents wish to join the class, there will be an extra charge of $40- please contact me to find out details.

Check out this recent video clip from Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender.

I’m sorry, but children with allergies (which require an Epi Pen) or diabetes can not be catered for unless accompanied by a parent or adult.

Whilst I undertake to take the utmost care of children during my classes, I do not accept responsibility for any injury to a child or children which they incur during the cooking class.

A deposit must be paid seven days prior to class or booking will not be held.

Please see the cooking classes timetables for the next available classes, or contact me for bookings or details or other classes:

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Birthday Parties 

I also conduct BIRTHDAY PARTIES parties – (for 10 children), from $80 per child. All food included – deposit of 50% to be paid 2 weeks prior to party.

Colourful mini chef hats & aprons provided.
Balloons, party hats and take-away edible gift provided.
Baking the birthday cake in the class: $50 extra.

Please let me know what your child would like to learn to cook and I shall try to include it in the class.

Whilst I undertake to take the utmost care of children during my classes, I do not accept responsibility for any injury to a child or children which they incur during the cooking class.

Adults Cooking Classes  

Adults cooking classes are available at a time of your choice for groups of up to 10.

A deposit must be paid seven days prior to the class or booking will not be held.
 A Cancellation Fee of  50% will ensue if a group class is cancelled up to seven days before a class, and 100% if cancelled 24 hours before a class.


Dear Sheridan,
Thank you so much for the class  last Wednesday.   The girls thoroughly enjoyed it!

Actually one of them is preparing 2 of the dishes for a dinner tonight for her family.
Certainly a most memorable experience they all want to do again. Best wishes to you.
– Jan Howlett 24/4/2014

Tucking in to the Spag Bol we made in the class today

Tucking in to the Spag Bol we made in the class today

Hi Sheridan, 
 Thanks for looking after Minti and the girls yesterday (and Bili) they had a great time and they had lots of great things to say to the parents as well. 
I haven’t been through the photos yet, will send some through when I do. 
Robyn 14/4/2014

” James has been very inspired by your class, and now wants to come up with his own recipes,  and has already made two batches of meringues and pasta from scratch, as well as pasta sauce.

I was hoping to come up with a good birthday present, and it looks like it was more than successful.  Thanks so much for a great concept to start with, and extra special thanks for doing a gluten free class.  And thanks for forwarding the picture, you are very kind.” Karen Zeija, 7/1/13

James with his mum at the Mini Chef class Jan 2013

Thank you so much for the class last Friday. Jaymie really enjoyed it and you gave her a lot of confidence using the knife. We went out and purchased one of the coloured ones very reasonable at the Fish Markets and she has a renewed interest in cooking!” – Julie Goyen, 7/1/13

Cutting around the edge to make the Watermelon Basket

“Yesterday was fantastic. She even had cause to use some of your tips today. We really appreciate you taking the time and Madi really enjoys cooking with you”. – Madi’s mother 

Madi JMC Trophy

Madi with her 2011 Junior Master Chef Trophy

Madi and Aya Junior Master Chef

Two of my Mini Chef students,Madi and Aya, at the Junior Master Chef at The Summit Restaurant 2011

 “Thank you so much for teaching Aya today and sending us the recipe for the candied citrus peel.  Aya really enjoyed the time with you and she’s cooking us the roast right now! ” – Aya’s Mum 15/7/11Brigitte's party

Brigitte’s birthday party June 2012:

I would thoroughly recommend one of Sheridan’s cooking birthday parties. My daughter and her friends had a fabulous afternoon cooking up a storm to celebrate her 11thbirthday. The kitchen was filled with laughter and fun chatter as the girls progressed through the afternoon cooking chocolate mousse, red velvet cupcakes, sushi and stir fried chicken. The girls had a lovely time enjoying the delights of their cooking at a beautifully set birthday table and looked absolutely gorgeous in their colourful chef’s aprons and hats. Each girl received a treasure of home baked goodies to take home afterwards.  What a great birthday celebration- thank you Sheridan and best wishes” – Belinda Barnett.  16/6/12

Dear Sheridan. And thank you. Jake had a terrific time and has been raving about how much fun it was and how kind you were to him. Lisa and I both appreciate it and ask you to inform us next time you have a class that you think Jake – or our 7 year-old, Louis, would fit in well too






Peter FitzSimons


Just wanted to say Thank you very much for today. Imogen had such a lovely time and especially liked the Potato and Leek Soup!! She is going to make it for us on the weekend. Thank you again!”

–  Erika Westley

“Thank you for a wonderful birthday party for Charlotte and her friends – it was so well organised and the girls absolutely LOVED the food !!!!  You are obviously a very passionate cook which really came through to the girls. Let Paula know at school they’re still repeating her name rhymes!!!

There’s nothing better than having kids inspired to cook!!”   – Petra Erby, June 2010

Hi Sheridan,

Just want to say a big Thank You! My kids had a wonderful time cooking with you today. They learnt heaps and are making me dinner tonight.
Warm Regards,
Cindy, Jessica and Toby 29/9/10


Brightly coloured Mini Chef Apron & Hat Kits (with wooden spoon or spatula) are available for sale at the classes.

Sample Menus

Some of the dishes we cook in the classes:

Main Courses:

  • Pizza (from scratch)
  • Home-made pasta
  • Home-made wholemeal bread (in flower pots)
  • Bruschetta with Tomato Salsa or Home-made pesto
  • Tandoori Chicken (or Roasted Moroccan Chicken)
  • Mini lamb roast
  • Chicken and Hokkien Noodle Stir-Fry
  • Thai-style Chicken, Capsicum and Basil Stir-Fry
  • Stir-Fry Beef & Vegetables
  • Chicken (or beef) Satays with Peanut Sauce
  • Sang Choy Bow (Stir-fried minced pork in lettuce cups)
  • Sushi
  • Sticky Chicken Drumsticks or mini drumsticks
  • Spaghetti – with Bolognese /Napoletana/Carbonara/Alfredo Sauce
  • Spiral Pasta with Macadamia Pesto, Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Turkish lamb patties in a pide pocket with hummus
  • Vegetarian Lasagne
  • Tacos (or Tortilla muffin cups) with Chille con Carne
  • Caesar Chicken Salad
  • Macaroni Cheese, Cauliflower Cheese
  • Sausage Rolls

Egg Dishes:

  • Omelettes (Cheese, Mushrooms, Ham)
  • Baked Eggs (en Cocotte)
  • Quiche Lorraine (with pastry from scratch)
  • Vegetable Frittata


  • Potato and Leek Soup
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Sunset Soup (Pumpkin & Orange)
  • Potage Bonne Femme (French Farmhouse soup)
  • Minestrone or Vegetable Soup
  • Chicken stock – how to make
  • Avocado Dip or Hummus with rainbow vegetable sticks
  • Pizza muffins

Cakes & Biscuits:

  • Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
  • Chocolate mousse muffins
  • “Happy Birthday” Butter Cake
  • Orange (or Lemon) Poppy Seed Cake
  • Chocolate almond cake or Orange almond cake (gluten-free)
  • Apple Cake
  • Upside Down Cake (using fruit in season)
  • Little Hummingbird Muffins
  • Banana Cake
  • Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Caramel Mud Cake
  • Poached Pears, Peaches, Plums ( in summer)
  • Apple Galette or Tartlets
  • Tiramisu
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Friands
  • Double Chocolate Brownies
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Afghan Biscuits
  • Choc Chip cookies
  • Burnt butter biscuits
  • Cup Cakes (including Vanilla, Red Velvets, Chocolate Beetroot and Giant Birthday Cupcakes)
  • Buttermilk Pancakes or Crepes
  • Fruits of the Forest Cake
  • Meringues or Coconut Macaroons
  • Custard Tarts or Butter Tarts
  • Raspberry, white chocolate and coconut muffins


  • Fresh Fruit Parfait (with Yoghurt and Sponge Fingers)
  • Char-grilled Fruit Kebabs
  • Fruit Smoothies and Frappes (eg. Mango and Passionfruit, Banana and Strawberry)
  • Moroccan Peaches
  • Seasonal Fruit Kuchen or Crumble
  • Classic Tossed Green Salad or Edible Flower Salad (in summer)
  • Crudites (Raw vegetable sticks) with Hommous or Avocado Dip
  • Melon Ball Traffic Lights
  • Watermelon Basket with Fruit Salad
  • Honey Joys or Chocolate Cornflake Crackles
  • Gingerbread Men
  • Shortbread
  • Bella, Grace and Jamie at my kids cooking class
  • Bella, Grace and Jamie at my kids cooking class
    “That was the most beautiful day of my life,” 8 year old Bella 13/1/2010