Pick-Up Dinners
Pick-Up Dinners

Just Be Cooking!

Cultural Cooking Classes

Zoom Classes
Pick-Up Dinners
Live Workshops

Just Be Cooking!


Cultural Cooking Workshops

From Toronto, via Zoom
With LIVE music and a Communal Meal
Valentine's Day: Online Couples Cooking Class with Lois Britton

Traditional Spanish cuisine, from scratch!

Pączki (Polish Jelly Doughnut) Baking Workshop

Make Pączki , on Fat Tuesday!

Our Unique Approach

We provide hands-on cooking Workshops for a variety of culturally specific dishes, wrapped up by Live Music or Singing and a Communal Meal. 
In our workshops everything calls back to a single cultural source - your Host, the food, the music all share a common heritage. 
We think this provides a deeper feel for each culture.


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Food from the Home Country

We strive for our Workshops to be as authentic as possible, yet also accessible, easy to follow and enjoyable.


Each Host of a Workshop is immersed in their culture's heritage and cuisine. Often, they are themselves from the home country.


All our Singers share a deep love of their musical heritage and a strong desire to share that knowledge in a fun, new way.


Each location has a very distinct personality and style, allowing us to stay fresh and new with each event!

Real People, Real Reviews

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Mandy Malloy
Mandy Malloy
We ordered the lobster roll dinner for two and omigosh LET ME JUST TELL YOU....the food was all incredible. My husband... is from the northeast US and the lobster roll is his summer nostalgia....he was raving. JBC’s rolls are an upscale version of your fave Cape Cod roadside snack....they up the ante with fresh lemon zest and chives on the lightly-dressed lobster in the requisite toasted buttered bun. The lobster was super fresh and the star of the show. Did I mention the cole slaw? Holy moly, perfect. Finely shredded cabbage and carrots, not overly dressed, just the right balance of mayo and of course celery seed. Exactly what it’s supposed to be and so rarely is. Then there was the “house” salad of arugula, blueberries, pepitas and goat cheese, the fresh bread, the DESSERTS. Do not hesitate!!!read more
Darlene O'Donnell
Darlene O'Donnell
In early April we ordered our first Pick up Meal from Chef Maria Rozynska's Just Be Cooking kitchen and we have been... hooked ever since. All our food selections have been so delicious and there have been plenty of different meals/cuisines from which to select. Portions are generous and we often enjoy a lunch the following day with the leftovers. We have had 2 meals from the new summer menu More choices and more delicious meals. Especially at this time of social distancing Maria's personal warmth & caring for her customers adds to the overall pleasure of these take-home meals. It feels like Christmas when we open up all those boxes with our meals. We definitely recommend Just Be Cooking.read more
Alison Stuckey
Alison Stuckey
Super yummy Dinner on Sunday!
Karusia Wroblewski
Karusia Wroblewski
Maria is an enthusiastic, accomplished, and generous teacher of cooking and culture. I now have two of her workshops... under my belt, and one Christmas dinner, and I look forward to many more events. Her classes are organized, informative, and interactive. She sprinkles in lovely anecdotes about Polish culture, and stories about how her beloved recipes have been handed down through generations of women sharing kitchen wisdom together. You feel like you’re part of her extended family! Everyone who attends is friendly and supportive; there are lots of laughs, and a beautiful community feel. And she sings beautiful folk songs from the highlands, to heighten the mood.... Maria is the perfect hostess, in every way. These workshops have proven to be a lovely way for me to personally connect with my own Polish roots. Highly, highly recommended! And extra sweet when the experience is shared with a friend or loved one.read more
Mila Redwood
Mila Redwood
I took the Bosnian cooking class at Just Be Cooking and it was truly life-changing. As the daughter of a Macedonian... immigrant, I was never able to learn how to make cabbage rolls with my Baba (Grandmother). This class provided an opportunity to finally learn how to make cabbage rolls, in the presence of such thoughtful, caring, and skilled cooks. The feast afterwards was an absolute delight, and the whole evening was something I will never forget. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!read more
Mary Almeida
Mary Almeida
My husband and I have attended the Sonhos workshop and the Portuguese Custard workshop. I hesitate to call them... workshops because they are really cultural experiences. A Hands on cooking lesson, sharing traditional food, listening to traditional music and meeting new people are all part of the Just Be Cooking experience. What a great way to spend an evening!read more

Easy & Fun

We focus on making our Workshops interesting, relaxed and informative. 
Our objective is that everyone has a great time and learns about another culture in a practical and entertaining way.

Our Events


We teach you to make unique dishes in a very practical & pragmatic way


Advanced Workshops, showing you how to make a simple, multi-course meal

Kids Camps

Simple, quick and fun-packed cooking camps, each day features a different culture!

Drop-In Dinners

We often host Drop-In Dinners at local restaurants, such as The Depanneur on College St.

Supper Clubs

Classic dinner parties, intimate and special with delightful live music & singing


Give your friends & family, employees or clients a fun, interesting and different event!

Live Music & Singing

Almost all our workshops have live singing. Most have a live band also, playing music native or traditional to their culture. Often the bands use older instruments that are unique to their musical heritage.

Featured Cultures


Frangipane Tart, Gnocchi, Chicken Celestine, Crêpes, Fruit Verrines, Pastries
Jean Regis
Antonin Lapleau
Mélyssa Rose


Erika Araujo
Jorge & Yuri

Poland & Ukraine

Pierogi, Borscht, Sharlotka, Gołąbki (Cabbage Rolls)
Maria Rozynska
Maria Rozynska
Ewelina Ferenc


Custard Tarts
Carla Ramos
John Ferreria

Communal Meal

In the spirit of working & eating together, everyone puts in 3-5 of their own creations into a common pot. This helps the workshop end on a social, communal note rather than everyone simply downing tools and walking away. The meal gives us all a chance to unwind, chitchat, compare notes and soak up some music.
Also, after all that work during the class you are guaranteed to be hungry - and what's better than a meal you've made yourself, augmented with side dishes, condiments and toppings, accompanied by LIVE music?

Lets Talk!

If you have any questions or notes please do contact us. We are very pragmatic and flexible.
Collaboration is a key aspect of our business. We are very proactive and always open to meeting new people and making fresh connections.

Just Be Cooking!

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