Cooking for a Cause is a cookery class with a difference. OzHarvest takes rescued food, turns it into restaurant-quality meals and delivers the food to disadvantaged communities in Australia.

This team building with a tasty twist recruited Dreamscape Networks’ generous Perth office volunteers. Taking on not just kitchen skills and practical tips, the team also learnt about food waste, food security and homelessness in Australia.

who are ozharvest?

OzHarvest is the leading food rescue organisation in Australia, collecting excess food from commercial outlets and farmers. The team deliver it direct to more than 900 charities who support people in need across Australia. Since 2004, OzHarvest has delivered over 60 million meals. On top of this, OzHarvest has stopped more than 20,000 tonnes of food from ending up in landfill.

The only food rescue organisation in Australia collecting surplus food from various food providers, OzHarvest gets supplies from markets and supermarkets, hotels and stadiums, corporate events and board rooms, shopping centres and restaurants.

Stirring up a storm

On the menu for Perth’s masterchefs was a list of recipes that would make Matt Preston jealous. A mouth-watering minestrone soup, a spinach and ricotta ravioli, stuffed Turkish flatbread, chicken korma, cauliflower rice, and pasta bake. As if that wasn’t enough, teams also prepared delicious desserts, including apple and pear crumble and a chocolate bread pudding.

Dreamscape employees divided into four teams, each tasked with making two dishes over the course of a few hours. One team took on the korma and the flatbread, another tackled ravioli and rice, minestone soup and pasta bake went to a third team, and the final lucky team delivered the dessert dishes.

healthy & hearty donations

Meals prepared by Perth’s volunteers prepared were gratefully received by a Salvation Army women’s refuge and a charitable agency that provides housing for people in need.

Meals from Ozharvest are thoroughly enjoyed by recipients who are otherwise unlikely to get such hearty and nutritious food.

Find out more about OzHarvest and Cooking for a Cause here.

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