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Community Providers

Cooking is a cornerstone of any community.

The Culinary School moulds classes to fit the needs of individual community providers, offering cooking workshops which focus on strengthening individuals and building more resilient communities

“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain

Culinary Therapy

Under the supervision and guidance of a chef and therapist or counsellor, our Culinary Therapy program is targeted at people suffering from shared conditions/disorders or have experienced a specific trauma.

Cooking is a therapeutic experience which provides participants with:  

  • Stress relief 
  • Sensory awareness;  
  • Relief from boredom; and  
  • An opportunity to connect with other 

The Culinary Therapy program is targeted at a range of groups separately, including without limitation:  

  • Those with eating disorders, depression or anxiety  
  • Victims of domestic violence  
  • Other victims of trauma.  

The presence of a chef and professional therapist or counsellor provides the therapeutic relief of cooking whilst allowing participants to gain insight into how to use cooking as a therapy to reduce the impact of their particular conditions/disorders or traumatic experiences.   

Additionally, with the Culinary Therapy classes are grouped based on shared conditions/disorders or trauma, participants are able to socialise and interact with others who have shared experiences and connect over food 

For more information on how we can best serve your community through our Culinary Therapy classes, contact us today.

Foster Carers

Foster carers are required to ensure the minor/s in their care maintain a connection with the culture of their birth parents. 

As food is a cornerstone of any culture, it is necessary to retain the minors’ connection with their cultural foods.  

At The Culinary School, foster carers and their minors are able to learn about a diversity of cultures and their respective dishes in our Foster Care Cooking classes. 

This not only maintains the child’s connection with their roots, but also provides the carer with an opportunity to bond with the child.  

Indigenous cooking classes: Islamic private schools

Food is a single unifier across cultures and ethnicities and is the medium through which respect and belonging is fostered amongst diverse cultures.  One of the oldest and richest of these cultures is that of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  

The struggles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities continue to resonate with the Muslim community.  

This workshop aims provide students with the opportunity to learn about Indigenous food and cooking customs and about a predominantly Islamic culture. 

In doing so, students can foster a sense of respect and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, through identification of similar food practice such Aboriginal respect for fauna and the halal food requirement.  

During this program, students will be:  

  • Guided by two facilitators / chefs, with one from Indigenous culture and another form the wider Islamic community.  
  • Prepare two recipes 
  • Learn about the cultural customs and food of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Contact us today to book in your school’s next cooking class.

Enquire about our community programs

We welcome the opportunity to work closely with NDIS-approved service providers who wish to hold group therapy sessions at our state-of-the-art facilities. Please fill the form below and we will be in touch.