Culinary Experiences

Giasas! Welcome!

Maria Benardis of Greekalicious has instructed at many venues both in Australia and the USA. These include the Intuitive Well in Sydney, Australia. The Brooklyn Kitchen, The Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, Cozymeal, NYC, Cocusocial, NYC, and Haven’s Kitchen in NYC.

She is also Gourmand Award winning cook-book author and has worked in many kitchens including, the kitchen of Australian celebrity chef Neil Perry. Maria has also delivered private chef services for many high profile families in The Hamptons, NY.

At Greekalicious, we view food as medicine. When we cook, we cook to nourish the mind, body and spirit. The secret to any successful meal is simplicity, fresh organic ingredients wherever possible, agapi (unconditional love) and intuition. Above all don’t be afraid to have a go and to make it a fun experience.

Maria also conducts cooking classes online. You can take these classes from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Maria adopts and intuitive approach to cooking. Letting the senses and the soul guide every step of the cooking process and using only certified organic ingredients wherever possible. Health and Wellness Tips and Ancient Greek wisdom are also shared!

Sit back, relax, enjoy the journey and energy immersion therapy.

You can book Maria by contacting her on our contact page.

What the culinary experience includes:

-Mezze Platter on arrival accompanied with a glass of Greek (where available) wine
-Energetically structured Hawaiian water and sparkling water
– A sit down menu which includes four dishes and a glass of Greek (where available) wine
-Menus are selected by the client in consultation with the chef, Maria
-Recipes are provided

-At Greekalicious we care about your health. We cook with ingredients that are respectful and loving to you and the environment. We use seasonal and locally sourced certified organic ingredients wherever possible and ingredients that are GMO-free. We source from local farmers and my lanai garden (handpicked that day). All ingredients are vibrationally structured and treated with light and magnetic frequencies to restore their energies.
-Culinary Experience runs for 3 hours

This is not merely any ordinary culinary cooking experience. Maria shares her health and wellness expertise and incorporates Ancient Greek practices, wisdom and other energetic vibrational tools. It includes the incorporation of Quantum energy devices in the event space to lift the vibrational frequency.

A Hawaiian ceremonial blessing is incorporated to pay our respects to the original owners of the land.

The culinary experience class size is kept small and intimate with a maximum of 6 people.

The venue is located in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Experience Cost:
5-6 people – $330 USD per person
4 people – $399USD per person
3 people – $499 USD per person
2 people – $660 USD per person

You can book Maria by contacting her on our contact page.


Our online culinary experiences will be featured on LEARN IT LIVE.

The culinary experiences will focus on dishes based on the Mediterranean Diet. Upcoming online classes include:

Online Cooking Class – Classic Greekalicious Greek Spanakopita & Hand-Made Filo Pastry making 101

Online Cooking Class – Fresh Hand-made Pasta 101

Online Cooking Class – Fresh Handmade Gnocchi and & Delicious Sauces

Online Cooking Class – Fresh Handmade Traditional & Gluten Free Pizza

The culinary experience details and pricing are available on the LEARN IT LIVE website HERE.

They are also on sale on EVENTBRITE.

My classes are also featured on CLASSBENTO.

The zoom links for the online classes is provided on the back end of the LearnItLive, CLASSBENTO, and Eventbrite booking websites. A permanent copy of the zoom class will be available to view on the LearnItLive after the Live class! You can view past classes as many times as you like!

Looking for a great place to purchase your kitchen supplies online. Consider shopping at ZULAY and enjoy discounts courtesy of GREEKALICIOUS. Learn more HERE.

You can Purchase your GREEKALICIOUS aprons and more HERE.

(Image: Epoch Times Article featuring Maria Benardis)





At Greekalicious we care about you and your health.

We use certified Greek organic extra virgin olive oil from Greece the origins of olive oil making in all our cooking and not the unhealthy cotton seed, canola, soy and vegetable oils that many other eating establishments use. 

We strive to be and to provide the best cooking classes when it comes to the use of quality ingredients, good energy and service.  

Above all we practice an Ancient Greek tradition of cooking with “agapi” (Unconditional Love) and harmony. We cook all our dishes adopting the healing Ancient Greek wisdoms and philosophies that lead to harmonious health and longevity.

Please advise us of any dietary requirements so that we can accommodate. Many of our dishes can be accommodated to be vegetarian, vegan friendly and gluten free.

Here are what some people have to say about Maria and Greekalicious

This was my first cooking class. I came by myself and was very nervous because my cooking skills need polishing. The instructor was out of this world amazing and made me feel comfortable throughout the process – please give her a raise 🙂 The food was the best I ever had! All attendees were super friendly and cordial as well. I’ll definitely be back! – Sierra M.
Maria is a delight! She offers high level skills tailored with encouragement, perfect for our family. The results were delicious! We look forward to perfecting and improvising on the recipes as she suggested. Many thanks for working with us to design the perfect event! – Cheryl K

Maria was an amazing instructor! I appreciated her ability to share both general and task-specific cooking tips while guiding the group in an engaging way. Officially a fan! – Charlotte H

Great experience! Our instructor was knowledgeable and very helpful. She made it so fun. We’ve recommended to many friends. Thanks for offering virtual classes! – Alaina B

Maria was excellent as always. She makes you feel like you’re in her kitchen sitting on a stool chatting away about whatever you’re cooking with her. I love that she calls her students chef. Thanks for the free class. I’d gladly pay for online classes. Cheers! – Paula N

Wonderful Class! Maria was great. A lot of fun. I would take another class in a heartbeat- Lisa K.

Teacher was amazing. The professor was very knowledgeable and funny which kept the class interesting. She covers everything from the history of pizza, making the dough, sauce and the assembly. The best part is that you get to eat the wonderful pie you made. I really recommend a class with her. – Denise D

Chef Maria was excellent. Her story and the experience were one of a kind. Highly recommend this for friends, couples, families, teams… – Brandon R

Maria Benardis was an absolutely amazing instructor. She was able to accommodate my party of 16 people without a hitch. The class was truly informational and fun. Not one person in my party had any complaints and all would love to return for more of your classes. Thank you for making my wife’s birthday an unforgettable one! – James V
We had an amazing time celebrating our anniversary with Maria’s cooking class. Not only was the class made to be simplistic and entertaining, but we took away skills that we are excited to keep practicing in our own home and tricks of the trade we can use for years to come. Thank you for a fun night! – Kaitlyn K

We had so much fun! Not only did we learn how to make an authentic meal, but we also gained a greater appreciation for the art of cooking. Really eye opening, even life changing. – Kelly M.

You can view more testimonials here.