The Cooking Pot Project was an unique and innovative program initiated by HARDA to help the African Australian women interact and share their experiences with the wider Australian community. A catalyst for integration and promotion of understanding, this cooking program allowed African migrant women to get together with Australian women to learn new dishes and get to know each other
The sessions were supervised by Chef Luigi De Luca who shared and guided the women during the process.
During the period of 6 weeks the women cooked not only traditional African recipes but also learnt to cook Japanese, Mexican, Italian and Egyptian cuisines. The women also visited the home of one of the participant were they learnt to cook some Egyptian and Italian food.
The Cooking Pot Project concluded with a lavish spread of food which included traditional African appetizers, main course and sweets along with other cuisines which was enjoyed by all at the Edmund Rice Center.
The project was a successful one with the women having an opportunity to learn something new and make new friends outside their own groups. The Cooking Pot Project was sponsored by Shell Clyde Refinery who supported the initiative.