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Thyme in The Kitchen

My name is Natasha Shamji and I am a professional chef, a creative home cook and a lover of good food.

I love cooking and teaching people to cook. For years I have been teaching my son, other kids, friends and family how to cook and have shared countless tips, techniques and recipes that I hold close to my heart. With their rave reviews and unending support I have decided to share my skills and knowledge with a wider audience.

I am a firm believer that anyone who has a desire to cook and a willingness to learn, can and will do so beautifully and proudly. Come and spend a few hours in the kitchen with me and you will be making new recipes with ease and confidence.

“No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing”
– Julia Child

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  • Thyme in The Kitchen | Cooking Classes

    Cooking Classes

    Do you want to master some great kitchen skills and have some fun? Click here for the amazing classes that I offer for all ages and skill levels.

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  • Shop

    Have a peek at some of the delicious treats that I make at home in my kitchen and that you can buy and enjoy in yours.

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  • Snack Thyme

    Snack Thyme is a fresh and fun brand that ticks all your snacking boxes. Learn more about our crackers.

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  • “My daughter Bebe (3) loves Thyme in the Kitchen with Natasha. She keeps Bebe engaged for over 45 minutes! Bebe loves how interactive the classes are and seeing other kids cook alongside her. As a mom, I love the fact that most of the dishes only need one bowl and are not too messy or have too many ingredients. I highly recommend these classes for any age child who loves to cook!”

    - Maya and Bebe Fernandez, Mom and Daughter -
  • “I signed up for Natasha’s classes as a cooking novice hoping to feel more comfortable and confident in the kitchen. What goes with what? How can i make something good in 30 mins or so? She is an expert at demystifying the cooking experience. Her tips, recipes, and delivery are exactly what a novice needs in order to feel like they can cook a great meal for themselves and others without a huge lift. I highly recommend her classes.”

    - Anonymous -
  • “I always enjoy the class and the results taste so good! It’s a fun lesson- I always find myself laughing while I’m cooking. Natasha’s class is one of my favourite parts of my week!”

    - Maddy, Aged 9 -
  • “My teenagers took Natasha’s cooking classes and they really enjoyed it. And we enjoyed the final product! They found the class fun, very clear and easy to follow. They really liked that she was able to answer their questions easily!”

    - Anonymous -
  • “My daughter is always begging me to cook with her and thanks to Natasha’s classes she has made cooking with her easy. I was dubious at first as I am not a confident cook, but it was fun and simple to follow and I’ve discovered some easy recipes that I can incorporate into my repertoire.”

    - Helena Pastoriza- Tan, Mom -
  • “I’m the kind of dad who only cooks steaks on the BBQ. I’ve been interested to cook more but somehow never really got around to it. Natasha’s classes are fun and she has a really warm and welcoming style. Cooking with daughter on these classes has become our Sunday thing, and it always feels good to eat the results after!”

    - Anonymous -
  • “Thyme in the Kitchen is a great way to start the day off and as a child I hardly need any help from my parents! All of the dishes we made are great and my favourite ones were the oatmeal cookies and the hot cross scones. Yum!”

    - Sui, Aged 9 -

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Cooking Classes

I offer cooking classes for all ages and all skill levels (yes, even the total novice!). I continue to work as a private chef – catering for dinner parties, children’s birthdays, and more intimate events. Please visit the Classes and Events section for more details.

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