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Zero-waste cooking

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is proud to be supporting OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause program.


The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is partnering with OzHarvest to help deliver their Cooking For A Cause program, by hosting the sessions in the MCEC commercial kitchens three days a week.

The popular team engagement program is led by OzHarvest chefs, who share their zero-waste cooking skills as they help corporate teams transform quality rescued food into hundreds of delicious and nutritious meals, that OzHarvest then to deliver to local charities.

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Peter King

Chief Executive MCEC

Chief Executive MCEC Peter King said it is the ideal partnership for the organisation. “At MCEC we are passionate about sustainability and being community-minded, OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause gives us the opportunity to tie all of that together, with a team-building aspect too.”

“The events industry can contribute a lot of food waste, so this is the perfect way to try and reverse that cycle, and give back to those in Melbourne who need it most.”

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“Cooking for a Cause is the perfect way for corporate teams to reconnect with each other in a fun and meaningful way.”

Bernado Tobias, OzHarvest Victoria State Manager, expressed his gratitude to MCEC. “A huge thank you goes to MCEC for their incredible support and providing their wonderful venue to host our program. This comes at such an important time, as we are now finally out of lockdown, Cooking for a Cause is the perfect way for corporate teams to reconnect with each other in a fun and meaningful way. You get to see your impact immediately through the number of meals cooked and of course, you get a taster too!”

Globally, one-third of all food produced is wasted, with one in every six Australian’s experiencing food insecurity. The program highlights the national issues of food waste and hunger, and OzHarvest’s vision and works for change.

Supporting the UN Sustainability Goals, OzHarvest is committed to halving food waste by 2030, while MCEC has developed an ambitious five-year sustainability strategy that seeks to achieve zero food waste by 2025, which can be seen here.