Love Food Hate Waste at Our Big Kitchen

Food grower and food systems advocate, Holly Shiach, harvesting cassava

LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE partners, Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra councils, hosted a cooking workshop at Our Big Kitchen in May to help locals learn about how to waste less food. Our Big Kitchen is a community kitchen in Bondi designed to help those in need, and is available for everyone to use.

Celebrity Chef Tony Bilson was joined by 35 lucky locals who had the opportunity to cook with him. With a focus on avoiding food waste, participants assisted Tony to prepare a meal out of a mystery box of ingredients and learnt some handy tips on creative cooking along the way.

The workshop challenged participants to be inventive by making meals out of ingredients commonly found in the average kitchen. Ingredients included rice, mixed vegetables, chicken, tofu, herbs, wine, oil and margarine. Participants were shown how to make full use of ingredients by making stocks and sauces from scratch. They also learnt how to store food correctly so that it would last for longer. At the end of the workshop everyone sat down together to enjoy the meal they had created.

The workshop was run during Compost Awareness Week (1 – 7 May), along with neighbourhood compost and worm farm workshops and a compost cocktail function at Bondi, where residents learnt about local community garden projects. All three activities were designed to assist residents to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill.

For more information, contact Lauren Michener on (02) 9369 8112 or or visit the website

Love Food Hate waste is a food waste reduction program of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

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