Meet the Team
Beth Hodson – Director
Several years ago Beth noticed that there was a gap in the city for a cooking school aimed at 5-12 year olds. A Mum of 4 teenage/adult daughters herself, it was her daughter Georgia that inspired her to start cooking classes locally.
With the flood of cooking shows on in the media, cooking had become cool again, but the dynamic had changed. Parents were time poor and needed to assistance to provide a practical outlet for their kids to learn to cook. The day after she decided to start, a serendipitous door opened and the rest is history. Every year now, KLTC teams cook with thousands of kids across Sydney in schools, shopping centres, vacation care, preschool centres and large community events.
Becky is from Cambridge UK and is our most relaxed team member! Her extensive experience is with working with young people for charities, youth organisations and summer camp programs. She is passionate about sports, health and is a lifelong vegetarian.
Guliz is the baking queen. She has catered for events for many years, and has worked with children in both a voluntarily community capacity and also in primary schools. She is loads of fun and brings enthusiasm to everything she is involved with. Guliz is a mum to 3 pre-teens.
From an early age, looking after kids has always been one of my passions. I love the joy and adventure that comes with every new situation when working with kids. I have also always loved food! Learning how to create yummy, healthy and fun recipes has been an important part of growing up and I love that I can incorporate this and bring two passions together with Kids Love To Cook.
Natalie is a student studying a bachelor of education. She has a passion for helping children to achieve their goals to the best of their abilities. "I also absolutely love baking desserts and cooking anything sweet! I love arts and crafts too!’
"I grew up in a family where food was celebrated, cooking was fun and eating healthily was important. This sparked an early fascination in food and nutrition. My combined interest in science and food was what led me to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition Major) at Flinders University and a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney. I am passionate about helping people build a positive relationship with food, where all foods can be enjoyed guilt-free as a part of a healthy diet. "
Rachel Potter is a permaculture chef and educator. She was always destined to grow and cook her own food. Raised by her grandmother who grew much of the family's food with a waste-not-want-not ethos (out of necessity - not because it was trendy), she learned early on the true value of freshly harvested produce and its connection to sustainability and reverence for the earth. Since becoming a chef and having Brent Savage as her mentor at Yellow, she has used her former career in education to become one of Australia's leading waste-free culinary educators. She teaches Cornersmith's Waste-Free KItchen workshop and teaches beekeeping and waste-wise classes across Sydney as well as cooking workshops for private enterprise.
Melissa is the Director at Cupcake Embassy and is in constant demand with regular cake decorating workshops for adults and kids.
Her many skills include trained teacher, dance school director and business owner. She is passionate about passing her skills onto others, and creates beautiful cupcake toppers for her students to learn to make in her workshops. We’re really excited to have Melissa as one of our Guest Chefs.