Inspiring little hearts to find joy in the kitchen

At Sunshine Coast Grammar School, we value the connections we have with our Alumni network and always enjoy hearing from past students and celebrating their adventures and achievements.

We recently caught up with Emma Swan to chat about her favourite memories as a Grammar student and how her two favourite things, cooking (and eating) and connecting with people, have combined to create a successful business, Hearty Little Kitchen.

After graduating from Grammar in 2010, Emma went on to study a Bachelor of Primary Education (First Class Honours) at the University of Queensland and has been teaching in Brisbane ever since.

“I have nothing but fond memories from my time at Grammar.  My favourite thing about Grammar was the community feeling that I felt every day and the positive relationships I formed with my peers and teachers. The people around me made me feel safe and confident to be myself and for that, I am so grateful”, said Emma.

Emma has taken time off from her teaching career this year to focus on another passion of hers, home-cooking.  

“Good food has always been a massive part of my life and I have relished the opportunity to experiment in the kitchen and with that Hearty Little Kitchen was founded”, said Emma.

Emma’s passion for healthy home-cooked meals will inspire a generation of home cooks. Hearty Little Kitchen is all about showing kids, tweens, teens and young adults how much fun they can have in the kitchen, and how cooking can build their knowledge, skills and confidence.

“One of the best things we can do is encourage our kids to get involved in food preparation, which gives them a sense of ownership over what they are eating”, said Emma.

Emma has created an Intro to Cooking Course and has free lunchbox recipes and ideas. Check out Hearty Little Kitchen and get creative with your kids in the kitchen.