MCCSA Food From Our Homeland project gave senior South Australian cooks from CALD backgrounds a chance to share favourite dishes from their homeland.

Our cooking demonstrators came from Russia, Venezuela, Philippines, Latvia, Armenia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Korea, Greece and Iran. They ranged in age from 50 to 74 years old. While some had lived in Australia for decades others were newer arrivals. Some classes were held in English and some used interpreters. Some cooks were experienced cooks, who had worked in the hospitality industry or teaching, whereas other cooks had never worked from a written recipe, ever taught before or ever done public speaking.

This was truly an intergenerational inclusive project with our cook participants ranging from young children to participants in their eighties. Men and women joined in as did people with disabilities. Videos of the cooking sessions and interviews are now available on our website.

Mrs Lilit Petrosyan from Armenia preparing Urfa Kololak

Mrs Lilit Petrosyan from Armenia preparing Gata

Gloria Cisneros de Pares – Preparing Quesillo + Arepas

Mr Nikolay Kalistratov – Preparing Salmon and Spinach Pirog