Aboriginal chefs succeeding in native bush food kitchen

THE combined efforts of the Outback Academy, Woolkabunning Kiaka and the South West Institute of Technology are helping to develop a generation of Aboriginal chefs specialising in bush native foods. 

Program ambassador Mark Olive has been guiding the development of the trainees at Roelands Village. 

He aims to visit Aboriginal Elders and communities across Australia to see Aboriginal people developing the bush native foods industry.

“Many chefs and food growers today are excited about bush native foods and like the elders who taught me, I want to see this knowledge being used, developed and shared by Aboriginal people with the broader community,” Mr Olive said. 

The program provides mainstream accredited training alongside specialist bush native food instructions. 

The executive director of Woolkabunning Kiaka Roelands Village Les Wallam said the students undertook 12 weeks of intensive skills development. 

“The graduation of these students is a real milestone for us and the Outback Academy in Roelands,” Mr Wallam said. 

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