Just Be Cooking

Culturally Themed

Meal  Kits

with Curated Music!

With LIVE music and a Communal Meal


Poland & Ukraine

Maria Rozynska
Maria Rozynska
Ewelina Ferenc


Jean Regis
Antonin Lapleau
Mélyssa Rose


Erika Araujo
Jorge & Yuri


Carla Ramos
John Ferreria

What Makes Us Special?

Working with local chefs and grocers, we put together boxes with pre-portioned culturally specific ingredients you cook at home to make authentic dishes!
Our boxes include curated playlists featuring local bands you play while you cook or eat.
In our workshops everything calls back to a single cultural source - your Host, the food, the music all share a common heritage. 
We think this provides a deeper feel for each culture.


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Real People, Real Reviews

People like us. Here's the proof!
An absolute firework of flavor! We loved that the recipes had helpful tips, with instructions on how to store leftovers. They also highlighted interesting facts about the dishes. And what a great playlist! The music paired so nicely, we listened to the playlist well afterwards.  Indeed an unforgettable cooking experience. Highly, highly recommend.
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Geneviève Proulx

Wow! What a fun cooking experience! My family and I bought the French Classic Treat Kit. The curated playlist paired so perfectly, it was hard not to dance along to. And the desserts turned out fabulous. The chocolate cake was so easy to make and super delicious. Very moist and rich but not too sweet. And the lemon tarts turned out so perfect thanks to the recipe tips. I've never had my pastry dough turn out so well before. This is more than just a meal kit. We will definitely be purchasing again.
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Kyla Sutherland

Made Indian cooking look easy and the food is good for you! I now have a better understanding of the process. Loved the salad and the music at end was a lovely finish.
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Amy Flahive

Mari is an enthusiastic and accomplished teacher of cooking and culture.
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Karusia Wroblewski

Easy to follow, well explained and fun to cook along! You should try it sometime :)
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Jessica Mueller

Thank you for an unforgettable experience!
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Mila Redwood

Music + food

We believe where there's food, there should always be music!

Why? Because in the end, music makes everything better. It fills us in places we didn't know we needed filling. Just like food. 


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Meet The Press

Articles, Photo Essays, even a Podcast - they're all here.


Meal Kits With Curated Music!

"Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? [...]"


Cooking Classes At A Cultural Crossroads

"[...] As their hands repeatedly dig into the soft pączki dough, they crane their necks towards Maria. She begins to tell the story of a traditional Polish song called “Hej Sokoly”, which translates to “Hey Falcons.”


How To Make Homemade Pierogies

"Maria Rozynska is the owner of Just Be Cooking in Toronto, a hands on culinary school that offers classes in a variety of cuisines such as Korean, French, Turkish and Polish. Maria explains her family’s move from Warsaw to Canada,[...]"


Cooking, Teaching & Singing – all in one (Ep.70)

"Maria Rozynska created an innovative project in Toronto called Just Be Cooking – where people make food (not only Polish) under expert supervision, hear about its history and cultural significance, listen to live music, and eat the food that they cooked in a communal meal. [...]"


Hands-On Pierogi Workshop with Live Music!

"I recently attended a Pierogi Workshop hosted by Maria Rozynska, owner of Just Be Cooking. Set at a beautiful kitchen studio in Forest Hill, this class provided a fantastic introduction to pierogi-making [...]"


Cuisiner rime avec convivialité avec Just Be Cooking

"Une maison traditionnelle polonaise où le rire, la cuisine et la vodka étaient rois. Voilà dans quel genre d’atmosphère Maria Rosynska a grandi, et c’est ce qu’il lui a donné l’idée de lancer ses ateliers de cuisine Just Be Cooking [...]"

Food from the Home Country

We strive for our Meal Kits to be as authentic as possible, easy to follow and highly enjoyable.


Classic cultural recipes shared by local chefs, with chef tips, storage instructions & fun facts!


Curated virtual cultural playlist while you cook.


High quality ingredients from different countries.

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Mandy Malloy
Mandy Malloy
We ordered the lobster roll dinner for two and omigosh LET ME JUST TELL YOU....the food was all incredible. My husband... is from the northeast US and the lobster roll is his summer nostalgia....he was raving. JBC’s rolls are an upscale version of your fave Cape Cod roadside snack....they up the ante with fresh lemon zest and chives on the lightly-dressed lobster in the requisite toasted buttered bun. The lobster was super fresh and the star of the show.Did I mention the cole slaw? Holy moly, perfect. Finely shredded cabbage and carrots, not overly dressed, just the right balance of mayo and of course celery seed. Exactly what it’s supposed to be and so rarely is.Then there was the “house” salad of arugula, blueberries, pepitas and goat cheese, the fresh bread, the DESSERTS.Do not hesitate!!!read more
Darlene O'Donnell
Darlene O'Donnell
In early April we ordered our first Pick up Meal from Chef Maria Rozynska's Just Be Cooking kitchen and we have been... hooked ever since. All our food selections have been so delicious and there have been plenty of different meals/cuisines from which to select. Portions are generous and we often enjoy a lunch the following day with the leftovers. We have had 2 meals from the new summer menu More choices and more delicious meals. Especially at this time of social distancing Maria's personal warmth & caring for her customers adds to the overall pleasure of these take-home meals. It feels like Christmas when we open up all those boxes with our meals. We definitely recommend Just Be Cooking.read more
Alison Stuckey
Alison Stuckey
Super yummy Dinner on Sunday!
Karusia Wroblewski
Karusia Wroblewski
Maria is an enthusiastic, accomplished, and generous teacher of cooking and culture. I now have two of her workshops... under my belt, and one Christmas dinner, and I look forward to many more events. Her classes are organized, informative, and interactive. She sprinkles in lovely anecdotes about Polish culture, and stories about how her beloved recipes have been handed down through generations of women sharing kitchen wisdom together. You feel like you’re part of her extended family! Everyone who attends is friendly and supportive; there are lots of laughs, and a beautiful community feel. And she sings beautiful folk songs from the highlands, to heighten the mood.... Maria is the perfect hostess, in every way. These workshops have proven to be a lovely way for me to personally connect with my own Polish roots. Highly, highly recommended! And extra sweet when the experience is shared with a friend or loved one.read more
Mila Redwood
Mila Redwood
I took the Bosnian cooking class at Just Be Cooking and it was truly life-changing. As the daughter of a Macedonian... immigrant, I was never able to learn how to make cabbage rolls with my Baba (Grandmother). This class provided an opportunity to finally learn how to make cabbage rolls, in the presence of such thoughtful, caring, and skilled cooks. The feast afterwards was an absolute delight, and the whole evening was something I will never forget. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!read more
Mary Almeida
Mary Almeida
My husband and I have attended the Sonhos workshop and the Portuguese Custard workshop. I hesitate to call them... workshops because they are really cultural experiences. A Hands on cooking lesson, sharing traditional food, listening to traditional music and meeting new people are all part of the Just Be Cooking experience. What a great way to spend an evening!read more
Allyn Amanda
Allyn Amanda
I thoroughly enjoyed this evening! You are such a kind and skilled facilitator for something such as this, and we had... a wonderful mix of participants. You decorated the table so beautifully and carefully prepared each dish. It made for just the kind of ‘community’ event I wanted for myself. I’m so pleased, and will look forward to attending a future workshop! Thank you!read more
Cathy Zeleniak -Cruttenden
Cathy Zeleniak -Cruttenden
Great workshop, I've already made the custard tarts twice and they were perfect each time the location is a great space... too.I'm looking forward to taking many more workshops there.read more
Erika Hille
Erika Hille
Amazing little workshop! My sister and I travelled from Ottawa to Toronto just for this workshop. We wanted to get in... touch with our Polish heritage and make our grandmother proud. Maria was incredibly knowledgeable, engaging and have a lovely singing voice. The communal dinner was delicious! Even with a fractured elbow, I was able to participate in the making of several pierogi. Definitely will participate in another workshop.read more
Vanessa LeBlanc
Vanessa LeBlanc
I went to Maria's pierogi workshop at Le Dépanneur and it was such fun. I would definitely recommend it.
Pendrick Arrow
Pendrick Arrow
Wonderful cooking workshop experience. Fun and friendly atmosphere with lots of laughs, lots of culture and music, and... lots of food! I learned a lot from the workshop. I would go again!read more
Sophia Śnieg Begidzhanov
Sophia Śnieg Begidzhanov
Maria is a talented cook and instructor. She creates a warm atmosphere filled with food, laughter and live music. Join... her many workshops and treat your family or friend to it! An excellent gift idea.read more
Aleksandra Serra
Aleksandra Serra
It was an amazing workshop and a lot of fun! You were a great host Maria, I loved the fact that you gave everyone some... background on Polish culture for those who don't know about it, and you showed them some Polish Folk music as well as let them have a taste of Zubrowka! Everything was so well organized, clean, informative and yummy! So much more than I expected, truly a pleasure to have experienced it, thank you !read more
Saad Kiyani
Saad Kiyani
I went to one of Maria's pierogi workshops and it was great. I have very limited cooking experience, and zero with... cooking Polish food, but by the end of night, I could confidently make dough from scratch and complete pierogis! Everyone else seemed to have fun and it was a sold out night. I will be back!read more
Conor M. O'Brien
Conor M. O'Brien
Best pierogi class in town! I may be a little biased - but I've been to Poland several times; her classes are very... authentic.read more
Jarek Rozynski
Jarek Rozynski
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Easy & Fun

We focus on making our Workshops interesting, relaxed and informative. 
Our objective is that everyone has a great time and learns about another culture in a practical and entertaining way.

Online Events


We teach you to make unique dishes in a very practical & fun way!


Advanced Workshops, showing you how to make tasty multi-course meals.

Kids Camps

Simple, quick and fun-packed cooking camps with music, each day featuring a different culture!

Drop-In Dinners

We often host Drop-In Dinners at local restaurants, such as The Depanneur on College St.

Supper Clubs

Classic dinner parties, intimate and special with delightful live music & singing


Give your friends & family, employees or clients a fun, interesting and different event!


After all that hard work, you're guaranteed to be hungry. What better way to enjoy your creations than with music by local talents to accompany your meal.

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