Cooking is work, but cooking for me [is about] having fun, enjoying and sharing with others." Wherever she goes, Shaza shares her food with friends, family and her community. Eating together and having fun is equally important when cooking to Shaza and Shepparton Culture Kitchen has opened her eyes to new cultural dishes and many new friends.
Shepparton Culture Kitchen is a significant arts initiative centering the diverse voices of local diaspora communities, to build a future in which our communities are connected through empowering, healthy, and sustainable food culture. Starting with a seed project in 2020— the second cohort of Shepparton Culture Kitchen is an intergenerational, intercultural group of 6 local diverse women. As experts in their own lived experiences, the women draw on their personal stories to build and diversify local knowledge around food cultures and healthy eating.
Growing up in a big family, Shaza learnt how to cook from her mother and sometimes from her father, grandma and aunties. When cooking she loves to create dishes the look nice, smell delicious and are tasty! She is passionate about practising good hygiene when cooking, and to make sure that meat is cooked very well. Eating together and having fun is equally important when cooking to Shaza and Shepparton Culture Kitchen has opened her eyes to new cultural dishes and many new friends.
It is difficult to find the all the traditional ingredients and tools for Shaza’s recipes, but she hopes to continue cooking her delicious dishes for her community in Shepparton.
MAV is proud to partner with Greater Shepparton City Council and POD Studio to elevate the voices of local, culturally diverse artists and community and to be a conduit for community self-determination.