Cooking with Barb is a unique and uplifting experiance.

 Who is Barb?

Barb has been a passionate foodie all her life! With her maiden name being "Cook" and her mothers maiden name being "Baker" it was no contest. She has worked in some of the best hotels throughout Europe, both in the kitchen and in 'front of house' roles. This has given her vast experiance in the hospitality field, undeniable people skills and an amazing knowledge of culinary styles and arts

She also spent a considerable time as a private Chef for a number of wealthy families during her time in Philadelphia USA. This time honed her skills preparing very fine dinning and exquisite canapē's.

On returning to NZ, Barb set up her own catering business, specialising in dinner parties at Clients own homes, so they could relax in the knowledge that their guests would be enjoying a dinner of the highest quality, flavour and presentation.

Barb always had the desire to share her knowledge, so during this time also took up teaching cooking via classes held at a number of venues, including Adult Education evening coures at Papanui High, Christchurch Girls High and Risingholme Community Centre.

Barbs enthusiasim and passion has to be experianced! her personality, coupled with her knowledge is truly unique and is awesome to experiance! while keeping everything light-hearted and fun, she has an uncanny ability to pass on an amazing amount of skills and infomation. 

A day spent with Barb includes a winery tour, olive grove & oils, a three course dinner with a bottle of wine per 2 guests,

$120.00 per person.


(Barb is an amazing hostess providing heaps of cooking tips)


 Contact Barb

ph 0272476383

Ultimate two night retreat for 2 people; first night relax and enjoy a quiet evening with good company and food. Breakfast is at your leasure and then take in some local places of interest. Lunch is a place of your choice with 4 wineries to select from. The cooking class starts around 5pm and continues throughout the evening then followed by the 3 course dinner you have helped prepare. Another great nights rest and again breakfast at your leasure.

Includes; 2 nights accommodation, 2 evening meals, local wine, 2 breakfasts, transport to and from your lunch destination plus vinyard/winery tour.

All for only $560.00 per couple



 What happens

The day starts at 1pm, with coffee and introductions around the central island in Barbs kitchen.Off you then go on a vineyard and winery tours and olive groves.. Enjoy, taste and purchased amazing wines of your choice. Back to Barbs place and into cooking class.

An evening of fun and enjoyment with learning and fabulous food and wine. Then up at your leisure for breakfast and on with your day.



(One of the best days I've ever had, left with a new appriciation of food and a lovely 'gift pack'...Deb. Chch

(Thank you so much Barb for a truly fabulously foodie day!!! Loved the tips, the wines, the fresh herbs from your garden, your convivial kitchen and especially your awesome food. Looking forward to next time........Frances...ChCh)

Barb uses her own kitchen here at 'Barbs Place' so numbers are limited and fill up fast.

Don't be disapointed and BOOK NOW.

$420. For two.

or ph 0272476383