Visual Identity by Karena Bravo.

Shakilla Naveed

Shepparton Culture Kitchen

.من بسیار چیزها از کلچر کیچن یاد گرفتم

Shakilla arrived in Australia in 2017 after a difficult journey to escape the dangers of war in Afghanistan, where some of her family remain today. She has found a peaceful, happy home in multicultural Shepparton where there is a large Afghan community and many opportunities for women that had never been available to her before.

Cooking has been a central part of Shakilla’s life since she was a young girl learning to make bread with her mother. After getting married in Pakistan, Shakilla then completed a cooking course with a professional chef. She is a skilled cook with an interest in a wide variety of cuisine. Her favourite meals to cook include dumplings, biryani, various kinds of kebabs, and sauces. She loves to cook traditional meals and appreciates how it keeps her connected to her family, culture, and childhood. For Shakilla, healthy eating means involving everyone in the process of preparing, cooking and serving the food. It means working together, sitting together and eating together. Food is what brings her community together, allowing people to gather, and share conversation and joy through eating.

Shakilla Naveed. Photo by Mellisa Silaga.