What We Do

Care kitchen is a cooking school for adults with a disability. It is a hands on, practical cookery class which will teach participants the fundamentals and gain experience in a commercial kitchen. The co-ordinator (Jane) is experienced in teaching people with disabilities cookery classes, and has done so for years at TAFE. This class will enable participants to learn at their own pace which may assist them in finding work in a mainstream kitchen. We started in November 2014, and students attend 10 week block sessions at a time (usually coincides with school terms).

Wholesome Goodness

We learn how to make a wide variety of recipes from scratch. We have learned most skills required to work in a commercial kitchen environment. We use sharp knives and hot surfaces and we do so with a priority on safety.

Corporate Catering

We cater for morning teas. Ask us about providing for your next work function, workshop or event. We can provide wraps, sandwiches, slices, scones and fruit platters.

Friendship

Our participants learn in a safe and supportive environment. They help each other and above all they have fun. Life skills are learned and friendships are formed.

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Care Kitchen Catering

Care Kitchen is a wonderful learning experience for young people with disabilities. It was set up by All Abilities Mackay. The young people are taught all aspects of working in a commercial kitchen by an experienced chef and have produced the most delicious food. Congratulations on your achievements and on what you will in the future.
Judie Price, Student’s Parent -Mackay, Qld

Fantastic organisation. Food is delicious and the sense of pride and achievement I felt from the workers was priceless. Well done.
Liz Nugent, customer -Mackay. Qld

Care Kitchen provides a great opportunity for people with a disability to learn catering and cookery.
Roslyn Jackson, Student’s Parent -Mackay, Qld

COST

Current students are funded by their NDIS plans. The block is $1500 for 10 weeks

PARENT COMMITTEE

All parents of current students are welcome to join the parent committee. This committee upon a majority rules vote decides operational details, such as fundraising events, fee charges, and any other details they deem necessary.

BACKGROUND/ EXPERIENCE

No experience necessary. We will teach them the skills necessary, from preparing a work surface, food preparation, cutting, cooking and presentation.

INTAKE PROCESS

Express Interest – Leave your name and number with Justine Chyba 0402 066 908 or jchyba@bigpond.com

  • Attend at least 1 come and try day
  • Apply – Application forms can be supplied upon request.
  • Booking – Once you’ve been contacted, you will be asked to pay the registration fee

FEES Due

In advance, billing 10 weeks at a time. We do allow a “come and try” session for new students contemplating joining.

COMMITMENT

We can only offer a place to 6 individuals. We are seeking reliable participants who are interested in developing skills to use in future employment opportunities.

UNIFORMS

A long sleeve Chef’s Jacket and Checked Chef’s Pants will be provided. Daily laundering of the garments is the participants responsibility – if they are not capable, someone will need to be allocated the task of ensuring they are cleaned before attending class. Due to hygiene reasons, participants will only be able to wear their Jackets in class. They will have to wear a t-shirt or singlet before-hand, and put the Jacket over the top once they get to class. This is something that will have to be taught as a routine, as the Jackets can become contaminated with bacteria on the way to class.
Shoes – All participants will have to wear closed in rubber soled leather shoes.

The participants (and their families) can expect to see many outcomes and an increase in skills when participating in Care Kitchen.