There is nothing more satisfying to us than putting our hearts into cooking a great meal for others to enjoy.  As chefs, this is what drives us.  Now we bring this passion to you by teaching people the fine art of cooking. We want you to share in the passion for food and for interaction with farmers, producers and clients.

Grown from a passion of cooking, teaching and enjoying food, The Culinary Studio is a partnership between Red Seal trained Chefs Jody O’Malley and Kirstie Herbstreit. Classes and services are informative and entertaining and will guide participants through all aspects of the recipe, from the preparation to cooking with technique, to tips and tricks of the trade and then finishing with plate presentation.

The Culinary Studio works with well known local food producers, often stopping off at Market, Martin's Family Fruit Farm or local farms on the way into work.  The studio was designed for optimum learning in a relaxed atmosphere.  It features a state-of-the-art demonstration area and purpose-built work stations in the hands-on kitchen.  Your experience is further enhanced with the use of the industry’s best tools including Viking Ranges, Wusthof Knives and Le Crueset pots and pans.

Kirstie Herbstreit

Position: Co-Owner / Culinary Master  

Chef Kirstie Herbstreit started her cooks training at SAIT in Calgary, after completing a 4-Year Degree in History and Religion at Wilfrid Laurier University.  She began her apprenticeship under Chefs Michael Noble and Hyato Okimesku at Catch in Calgary.  Born and raised in Waterloo, she returned here to complete her apprentiship at various restaurants in Kitchener-Waterloo.  After completing her Red Seal qualification, Kirstie began teaching people how to cook out of her house, at other people's homes and many other places in the community.  She met Jody teaching at the college level, and the rest is history!  After a freelance home-based business, Jody and Kirstie opened The Culinary Studio, Kitchener-Waterloo's first recreational cooking school.  

Jody O'Malley

Position: Co-Owner / Creation Master 

Red Seal qualified Chef Jody O'Malley started her chef training at Stratford Chef's School, after completing her 4-Year Sociology Degree at the University of Waterloo. Her love of cooking and culture began in Europe where she lived and travelled in Germany, Spain and Ireland.  Her cooking career brought her back to restaurant work from Toronto to Kitchener.  Her love of the science behind cuisine started her teaching path from the high school level to teaching at Conestoga College.  Jody bonded with Kirstie over properly cooked calamari and the rest is history, as the doors of the Studio opened to teach the masses how to properly cook!