About Us

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No Thyme to Cook began as a personal chef service in 1999. Owned and operated by Gwyn Novak, it provides in-home personalized gourmet meals to clients, and has evolved to include a robust series of seasonal cooking classes. A graduate of the Baltimore International Culinary College and a member of the United States Personal Chef Association, Gwyn has been cooking and writing about food for more than 25 years. She has worked in numerous B&Bs, country inns, and country clubs on the East Coast. And now, as a native of Southern Maryland, she offers her special skills and passion for good food and nutrition to help you improve yours in the kitchen. Click here for our complete list of cooking classes and let’s get cooking!


What Our Students are Saying…

“I definitely feel more comfortable in the kitchen now and not so intimidated by it. A kitchen used to be so overwhelming to me, but once you become more familiar with it, you learn that you can own the kitchen and the kitchen doesn’t own you. It was so fun, and I’m excited to learn some more!”

A. Rice, Prince Frederick


“I feel I am becoming a GREAT cook from Gwyn’s lessons and my husband is soooo proud!! My husband is a gourmet cook like Gwyn!!! I have been to two great classes and I loved them!!! I am going to the comfort food one!!! I am telling my friends and they want to come also!!

M. Booros, Dunkirk, MD


“Had a wonderful personal cooking lessons with Gwyn. Eggplant Rollatini; Spring Mix Salad with peaches, pine nuts and chevre; Chicken Marsala and Chocolate Mousse. Everything was delicious and we had an amazing time!”

R. Salanon, Leonardtown, MD


“If you want to learn how to cook something in particular or just want a girls night out this is awesome! They even have couples classes which make for a great date night!”

J. Real, St. Leonard, MD

“Having been to several of Gwyn’s cooking classes, I recommend her classes as a fun time and learning experience for a variety of comfort and skill levels in the kitchen- the hands-on format and relaxed atmosphere make it easy to learn, and the meals you work together to prepare will leave you wanting to come back for more! I am already signed up for more classes, and hope to see you there!”
K. Bradley, Huntingtown, MD
“This little business is a great find! So sick of cooking the same old thing as fast as I can, to mark the chore off the daily to-do list.  Gwyn brings the color, taste and fun of cooking out – no longer is it drudgery but becomes creative a…nd fun to learn .  She’s full of tips, time-savers and new ideas. Love her classes and I’m currently trying to coordinate getting my mom and sisters to schedule a time together so we can invite her over for some time to laugh and learn some fresh gourmet cooking skills, and of course EAT!!! yummo…”
T. Gausman, Mechanicsville, MD
“Couples in the Kitchen – Add this to your “Must Do” list. This experience was amazing and my husband can’t stop talking about it! He’s ready to sign up for the next event….”
P. Gibson, St. Leonard, MD