I am the founder and manager of Just Be Cooking. In my own Polish Workshops I teach people how to make traditional Polish food, accompanied by live music and singing songs from the Polish Highlands.
In April 2017 I quit my comfy Educational Sector job to pursue my passion for cooking, teaching and singing. That’s when Just Be Cooking was born - I want to share the recipes & traditions that I learned growing up in Poland and here in Canada.

I remember watching my Polish-Ukrainian mother, grandmother and great-grandmother making delicious Polish cuisine, singing as they worked. I have a deep desire to pass on their recipes, traditions and songs. A fun, entertaining workshop is perfect for this! Just Be Cooking grew out of my desire to bring people together through food and song. I deeply enjoy teaching and view it as a fundamentally collaborative and hands-on process. The workshops and events I organize and host with my fellow collaborators revolve around this practical, fun and experience driven approach.

I love combining music with food so adding in a band to each workshop, from within that culture, feels like a perfect fit. This helps turn the workshops from mere classes into strongly cultural events. This adds interesting texture that really expands the workshop past the basic concept of a cooking class.

For a list of my upcoming Hands-on Polish cooking workshop, check out the Upcoming Workshops page. I also host corporate and private workshops.

Maria's dishes

  • Borscht
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Pierogi
  • Sharlotka


  • Kids Camp
  • Kids Workshop
  • Masterclass
  • Private Workshop
  • Workshop

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Just Be Cooking!

Hands-On Cultural Cooking Workshops with Live Music
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