Cooking Programs

Cooking Circle

The free girls Cooking Circle meets weekly throughout the school term engaging multicultural young women aged 12-24 with range of health and well-being activities including dance, cooking, craft, gardening and sports. The program offers a safe woman’s only space which supports participants to establish strong peer connections, reduce social isolation and increase social connection.


MCCI’s Cook-Off program started in 2013 with the aim of connecting young people and seniors by sharing stories, experiences and passion for cooking. The recipes in the cook books are the result of multicultural Cook-Off teams of MCCI Seniors and Year 9 students at Lake Illawarra High School and Corrimal High School who came together to learn about different cultures and food.

“Cook-Off enables generations from different cultural backgrounds to come together and in a fun and safe space share stories and their passion for food. It’s a celebration of diversity and cooperation”, says Allyson Pazos, MCCI’s Youth & Community Manager.

Cookbooks for Download

This program has done more to break down barriers between young and old and between different cultures than any other I have seen.

T Hicks Principal- Lake Illawarra High School