Chef Ben Kelly

Nova Scotia’s Number One Personal Chef

Private Cooking Lesson

Welcome to a world where cooking becomes an art and every meal is a celebration. My Private Cooking Lesson offered both in person and vitually via Zoom, are specially designed for beginners and intermediates alike making them perfect for individuals, couples on date nights, and anyone looking to elevate their culinary skills.


What Awaits You?

  • A Range of Cuisines: From the exotic flavours of Thai food, including Thai Salad rolls and Chicken Pad Thai, to the classic elegance of Italian cuisine featuring dishes like Gnocchi and Risotto. Dive into the richness of Cajun cooking or the delicate balance of a seafood feast. Or master the perfect steak dinner, complete with all the trimmings.
  • Interactive and Engaging: Immerse yourself in the culinary arts with my interactive cooking lessons. Choose between a hands-on session where you’ll actively cook alongside me in your own kitchen, or opt for a demonstration lesson to observe and learn techniques for creating restaurant-quality dishes. Both styles are designed to be engaging and informative, ensuring you have a memorable and educational experience.
  • Designed for You: Whether it’s a romantic date night or a personal culinary challenge, these classes cater to your passion for cooking in an intimate and friendly setting.

Your Culinary Journey

Preparation Made Easy:

  • Virtual Classes: You’ll receive full recipes, equipment lists, and pre-class instructions three days before your lesson. Just organize your ingredients and equipment for a seamless online experience.
  • In-Person Classes: I provide all necessary equipment and ingredients. Printed recipes will be given during the lesson, ensuring everything is ready for a hands-on culinary adventure in your home.

Easy Booking: To book, simply email, use the contact form on the website here, or call 902 510 0992.

Rave Reviews: Join a community of happy learners, like Amy Bates who had a fantastic interactive experience, and Sebastien Berube who enjoyed a detailed and patient one-on-one lesson.


Please see my How It Works: Cooking Lessons page for details about pricing and more.


Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that promises to transform your cooking skills. I can’t wait to guide you through an unforgettable experience of flavours and techniques!

Cooking Lessons

Pad Thai

Thai Cooking Lesson

Join me on a flavourful journey to Thailand in my Thai Cooking Class. In this interactive session, I’ll guide you through crafting Thai Salad Rolls with a tangy Peanut Ginger Sauce. We’ll then dive into the world-famous Chicken Pad Thai, perfecting the delicate balance of sweet, sour, and savoury. To complete our culinary adventure, we’ll create the lusciously sweet Mango Sticky Rice, a dessert that’s as delightful to make as it is to eat. Designed for both beginners and intermediates, this class is your ticket to exploring the exotic flavours of Thailand right from your kitchen. Let’s cook up some Thai magic together!


Italian Cooking Lesson

Join me for an Italian Cooking Class where you’ll craft a custom menu from beloved Italian dishes. Start with either Tomato Bruschetta or a fresh Caprese Salad. Then, choose to make Homemade Gnocchi with marinara sauce or a creamy Mushroom Risotto. Finish with a dessert choice of Lemon Panna Cotta or rich Zabaglione. Perfect for all skill levels, this class is your gateway to the heart of Italian cuisine. Let’s create your Italian culinary story together!



Cajun Cooking Lesson

Get ready to spice up your cooking skills in my Cajun Cooking Class. We’ll kick off with the sumptuous Oysters Rockefeller, a luxurious start to our Cajun feast. Next, you’ll learn to create the heartwarming Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, a dish rich in flavours and tradition. We’ll end our culinary journey with the delightful Bananas Foster, bringing a sweet and fiery finish to our class. Designed for both beginners and intermediates, this class is your chance to master the bold and vibrant tastes of Cajun cuisine. Let’s cook up some Cajun magic in your kitchen!


grain bowl

Seafood Cooking Lesson

Join me for an immersive Seafood Cooking Class, where the treasures of the sea take center stage. We’ll start with Seared Scallops, perfectly browned and served alongside a warm bacon and corn salad, setting the tone for an exquisite seafood experience. Then, dive into Mussels in a flavourful Vodka Sauce, learning the nuances of cooking with shellfish. Our final dish, Linguine and Clams, combines the simplicity of pasta with the elegance of clams, creating a harmonious blend of flavours. This class, ideal for seafood enthusiasts of all skill levels, is your opportunity to bring the essence of the ocean to your dining table. Let’s embark on this seafood adventure together!

Steak Dinner Cooking Lesson

In this Steak Dinner Cooking Class, we’ll pan-sear a New York Strip Loin, enhanced with herb and garlic butter, and accompany it with sautéed mushrooms and onions. Learn to make perfect mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and roasted carrots for a complete steakhouse experience. Top off the meal with a homemade Apple Crisp. Perfect for all skill levels, this class brings the finesse of a steakhouse meal to your home kitchen.

custom coking lesson

Custom Menu

Experience the luxury of personalized cooking with my Custom Lesson option. For an additional $75 fee, this class is tailored specifically to your culinary desires. Whether you’re interested in mastering a specific dish, exploring a unique ingredient, delving into regional cuisines, or accommodating dietary restrictions/preferences, I’ll craft a custom lesson complete with bespoke recipes. This is your chance to have a cooking class designed just for you, ensuring a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Embrace the joy of cooking exactly what you love, in a way that’s uniquely yours.


photo by Julia Burke Photography

Hi there!

My name is Benjamin Kelly, and I am a Red Seal Chef, Blogger, and Cookbook Author based in Nova Scotia. I have been working in the culinary industry for over two decades and have had the pleasure of creating memorable dining experiences for a wide range of occasions, including bachelorette parties.

As a personal chef, I specialize in creating high-end culinary experiences for groups of two to thirty people. If you’re planning a bachelorette party in Nova Scotia and want to treat your group to a truly special dining experience, I’m here to help. I offer a range of menus to choose from or can custom-create a menu based on your preferences. From intimate dinner parties at your vacation rental to lavish celebrations at a local venue, I’ll work with you to make your bachelorette party a culinary success.

Take a moment to visit my website and learn more about me, or follow me on Facebook and Instagram for recipes, tips, and pictures. I can’t wait to help make your bachelorette party a memorable and delicious celebration! Bon appétit!

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