MelbourneChefs was formed in 2013; while it was initially simply a communication channel for chefs and restauranteurs, the group has evolved over the last couple of years to where we're now developing a food-based community projects and sharing our collective experiences around food.
MelbourneChefs is part of a global network of other social enterprises with focus on developing, supporting and implementing food-based community projects. Doing the 'repair' work to address food-system breakdowns and issues; and certainly being pro-active towards any potential future food security disaster such as the largely ignored impending foodcrisis in India and beyond.
The immediate focus for the next 12-18 months is primarily on the situation in India, currently locust plague are decimating crops all the way through to Pakistan; this will create foodcrisis on a massive scale in that region; current estimates of the situation are regarded as being at least equal to the famine and drought devastation Africa has experienced over the last few decades.
MelbourneChefs are collecting 'foodstories' from chefs and farmers.
The stories will be collaborated into both a calendar and book this year. All proceeds from the sales are 100% committed to the building of self-contained 'food growing centres' using unused shipping containers, completely 'portable' and 'scalable' centres that are focussed on intense food growing systems and food production.
These 'grow centres' can be shipped directly anywhere globally that is experiencing food shortages and crisis; are able to be producing food within 2 weeks of being on site. We're furiously building as many of these centres as possible.
This is a massive project, I'm looking for contributors of around 200-400 words 'food stories' from chefs or farmers in YOUR network.
Chat soon, Dean