Why we do this...

We do this to help people who either have to cook for someone, or have a passion for cooking, but cannot afford expensive cooking classes – or simply want to learn a new skill.

Where we do this...

We have a lovely open plan kitchen that we use at the church, but we can comfortably accommodate only 10 students at a time, no more – so get in early!!

How we do this...

We meet every Saturday afternoon at 12:00 and cook until 15:00. Time is limited so  get there at around 11:30 if you can so we can chat before the kitchen gets hot!

Try something new!

What makes being able to cook for yourself so alluring? We believe the answer is frugality. That’s why we have made our entire focus on you – the stay at home wanna be Chef. Using only what you have on hand, plus what you can afford, adding what we teach you to your own creativity will equal truly delicious, healthy and cost saving meals for your family and yourself in 2020!

How it started...

SIMPLE COOKING WITH GRAHAM AND JOAN grew out of long time church member Joan Stoltz‘s desire to help women learn to cook. Joan has extensive experience in catering for various church events and weddings and so on and has a real desire to help people.

Her partner in crime is Graham Ries also has a passion for helping people. Graham, who grew up in the catering industry, has only recently joined the ‘family’ at Anchor of Hope and in his capacity as a former chief cook and bottlewasher, joined with Joan to provide lessons for ladies in the area to learn to cook semi-professionally, with the idea being to get these classes started and gradually upgrade to the point of where the students are being taught how to make a profit from their passion.

How does it work?

Classes are held from 12:00 to 15:00 every Saturday afternoon at the Church. Thanks to the massive upgrade of the building back in 2012/13, there is a beautiful open plan kitchen that the church is gradually equipping for the purpose of these classes. Fees are currently only R200 per month, which gives the student all four (and sometimes five) Saturday afternoons. Sadly, with the cost of living (i.e. the cost of ingredients) rising the way it is, this will have to go to R250 per month from June 2020.

We all have a great time chipping in and working together. Everyone calls each other Chef and we even occasionally wear hairnets as we pray together and cook and bake together! 

All students are requested to bring take away containers as they all share in whatever food was made that day – and everyone gets to taste it there in the kitchen as well as take some home for their families.

This is one of our star pupils, Esther, and she is about to put three lemon and herb chickens into the oven for the NPO’s Christmas Lunch… well done Esther!

Who are these classes for?

These classes are for anyone who wants to learn to cook.

Ideally they would be for domestic workers who are required to cook for their employers but don’t really know how to, or perhaps for care givers that have patients they need to cook for…

They are for brand new wives who do not know one end of a frying pan from the other, or for men who want to surprise their wives or sweethearts with a special meal…

Young people who want to learn to cook as something extra they can incorporate into their CV’s…

The Four Seasons of 2020 Cooking

Season 1
Cost Effective Meals

Season 2
Traditional South African Dishes

Season 3
Delightful Baking

Season 4
Healthy Eating

You can see how much fun we have...


What Would You Like To Learn With Us?
Cost-Effective Budget MealsDelightful BakingTraditional South African MealsHealthy EatingAll Four Seasons

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