What is your cultural background?
My father is of Sicilian origin and came to Australia when he was 19. He met and married my mother who is of Irish/Australian decent, but I class myself more as Australian/Italian now.
What role does food play in bringing people and cultures together?
I have a saying: "Through the sharing of food we share life and one is never lonely or hungry – eat well, cook with love and always laugh." Being able to experience the foods, food rituals, traditions and recipes has shaped Australia into the culturally-rich table it is now.
Is sharing food a good way to celebrate cultural diversity?
Definitely. Celebrating with food promotes conversation, cultural acceptance, unity, and understanding and not to forget the advantage of stepping outside our comfort zone and trying something different which in my mind always brings an essence of humility.
Is it important to learn about and understand the different cultures of the people you work with?
Being able to make a connection with people from other cultures, especially those I work with is very important to me. I pride myself on being open-minded, accepting of all cultures and the lessons, thoughts, inspirations that I come away with are often priceless.
Why do you think Australians should get involved with A Taste of Harmony?
Australians should get involved with A Taste of Harmony as we have such an amazing collection of world cultures and cuisines right here on our doorstep. If you don’t have the opportunity to travel to exotic countries yourself, it’s the next best thing.