Cooking for a Cause

Have you ever wanted to chop an onion like Jamie Oliver or whip up a homemade ravioli to impress your friends? OzHarvest has a cooking class with a difference!

If you are looking for a unique team building activity with soul and purpose, Cooking for a Cause offers a hands-on cooking class for corporate groups of all sizes at various locations across the country, including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.

Cooking for a Cause
Cooking for a Cause

What does it involve?

  • OzHarvest chefs get the teams busy in the kitchen transforming rescued food into restaurant-quality meals that are then delivered directly to disadvantaged communities.
  • Even those who are not aspiring Masterchefs can get involved, learning how to master the infamous knife skills and practical cooking tips that can be used at home.
  • In addition to bonding over a big pot of soup and experiencing the joy of chopping an onion properly your team will take away the knowledge that they have made a real difference, allowing those less fortunate to eat with dignity.
  • Your team will learn about food waste, food security and homelessness in Australia, bringing meaning to the phrase ‘food for thought’.

What do we cook?

  • We love to teach classics like homemade pasta, gnocchi and ravioli as people are often surprised how easy it is.
  • Teams get to sample some of the delicious food they have made, so no-one goes away hungry!

Many companies offer corporate team building cooking events, but none come with the satisfaction of knowing you have not only saved good food from landfill, but also created delicious and nutritious meals for people who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

You also get to keep a nice yellow apron!

It was a day that kept us grounded, reminded us of how fortunate we are and how we really can make a positive difference to our community.

The funds raised from Cooking for a Cause allow OzHarvest to provide meals to many, many more disadvantaged Aussies.  As little as a $1 donation can provide 2 meals for people in need.

To discuss your team building event with soul and purpose, contact OzHarvest at [email protected] or call 1800 108 006 or read below for availability.

Cooking for a Cause availability

  • Please click here to book and pay online using Humanitix for any group of 8-16 participants (3 hour session $175pp tax deductible). Please use this simple online booking system for any session 1st July 2019 onwards (nb Humanitix donates all booking fee profits to OzHarvest, hooray!). For June 2019 inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 02 8880 9785.
  • Sydney kitchen location is G3/G4, 46-62 Maddox St, Alexandria
  • Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Gold Coast bookings also available! To book in one of these cities, please contact the relevant local OzHarvest Cooking for a Cause staff listed below, with your date preference and expected group size.
  • We love hosting larger teams! To book any Sydney group size between 17-75 pax, please email  [email protected] your date inquiry, time preference and expected group size. This is relevant for inquiries that have:
    • A group size between 17-75 participants (3 hour session)
    • Cooking for a Cause PLUS lunch / dinner – includes gorgeous 3 course feast. 20-45pax only, $257.50pp partly tax deductible (4 hours total)

Preview of Sydney schedule, subject to availability:


  • 12.45pm – 4pm        8-16pax    
  • 1.15pm – 4.30pm      8-16pax   
  • 5.15pm – 8.30pm     8-16pax


  • 17-75pax sessions (3 hours) or PLUS lunch / dinner sessions for 20-45pax (4 hours) are available Tuesday morning, afternoon or night. See above for Sydney contact.


  • 8.45am – 12pm        8-16pax
  • 12.45pm – 4pm        8-16pax
  • 5.15pm – 8.30pm    17-75pax group size or PLUS lunch / dinner sessions (20-45pax) are available Wed nights. See above for Sydney contact.


  • 17-75pax sessions (3 hours) or PLUS lunch / dinner sessions for 20-45pax (4 hours) are available Tuesday morning, afternoon or night. See above for Sydney contact. 


  • 8.45am – 12pm        8-16pax
  • 12.45pm – 4pm        8-16pax
  • 4.15pm – 7.30pm    17 – 40pax sessions (3 hours) available. See above for Sydney contact.


  • Morning or afternoon sessions subject to availability, 20-50pax only. See above for Sydney contact.

Nicole Trapnell
[email protected]

Michaela Windsor
[email protected]

Gold Coast:
Brenda Tripp
[email protected] or
[email protected]

Dave Burnet
[email protected]
(02) 62476173

Jennifer Keen
[email protected]
(08) 6500 6450

Lyndall Vandenberg
[email protected]
(08) 7007 0080

Sunshine Coast:
Michele Lipner
[email protected]

We absolutely LOVED our morning in the OzHarvest kitchen, it is such a well run charity with lovely staff. Their work is incredibly inspiring, and they have created a fantastic program for corporate volunteering. We can’t wait to work with them again!.
Eve, Smokeball team, 2019

On behalf of BCG’s HR team, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team of wonderful chefs we had on the night… We all had such a wonderful time, and have been recommending it to friends and colleagues as a great teambuilding, skill-building and community-building activity. It’s really incredible to know that we created 280 meals.
Kate, Boston Consulting Group, 2019