Taco Party!

September 24, 2024

Saanich Commonwealth Place - Royal Oak Middle School

Local Harvest

October 1, 2024

Saanich Recreation - Royal Oak Middle School

COVID-19 Update

Fresh Recipes. Fantastic Food. Finest Instruction.

Cooking Classes

Chef Heidi’s cooking students will go home with the confidence, skills and enthusiasm they need to cook delicious food like a pro.

Thailand Culinary Tour

A women's only culinary and cultural tour of Thailand in November 2024! Cooking classes, market tours, and visits to cultural monuments.

TV Cooking Show

Chef Heidi brings her fresh recipes, down-to-earth teaching style and helpful kitchen tips to Vancouver Island's local TV network. Stream the episodes and follow the recipes.

About Chef
Heidi Fink

Heidi Fink, a Red Seal Chef and an award-winning cooking instructor, has been teaching cooking classes in Victoria, BC since 1999. Her approachable teaching style, clear instruction, and easy-to-follow gourmet recipes have earned her a loyal following on Vancouver Island. All the recipes in Heidi’s cooking classes are made with the freshest food and most authentic ingredients.

Lip Smacking Blog

COVID-19 Update

Starting in January 2021, I am offering interactive cooking classes virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Food Writing

When I am not busy in the kitchen or classroom, you can find me at my computer, reading and writing about food. My food articles convey my passion for food and cooking. They celebrate the thrill of chasing down an exciting new ingredient, the joy of a lovingly shared recipe, or the simple pleasure of good eating. May you find many cooking tips, recipes of interest, and hours of reading enjoyment in the following articles.

Heidi’s Picks

Feature Resource: SUMMER

The Root Cellar

A perennial favourite among savvy South Island shoppers, The Root Cellar keeps getting better. True to its mission of 'Farm Fresh, Dirt Cheap,' this busy store combines the best of an open farm market experience with an in-house butcher, an expansive deli counter, coffee shop, ice cream stand, and so much more. Load up on produce from local Vancouver Island farms while eating a delicious sandwich and an ice cream :)

Visit the Root Cellar's website for more information ›

Feature Ingredient: SUMMER

Local Blueberries

Did you know that BC grows one of the largest crops of blueberries in the world? Our warm days and cool nights make for a perfect summer growing environment. Blueberries are my favourite fruit, hands-down, and I love to make the most of them while the season is high. Blueberries in my oatmeal, granola, smoothies, cottage cheese, muffins, pancakes. . . One of my favourite recipes is for fresh blueberry shortcake, which uses a combination of fresh and cooked berries for a flavour explosion.

Get my blueberry shortcake recipe here ›

Feature Event: SUMMER

Victoria Food Truck Festival

With six different local food trucks and a lovely sunny seating area, the Food Truck Festival inside the Royal BC Museum courtyard is a popular foodie destination. Running through to August 31st, come enjoy everything from juicy gourmet burgers and authentic taco plates, to pierogi plates, BBQwild salmon, and Caribbean fare!

Plan your meal here ›


Digital Kitchen/BBQ Thermometer with Magnet and Clock Timer

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Asian Ingredients: A Guide

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bench scraper

Bench and baking scraper, set of three

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