Life In Colour

Life In Colour Blogged by: Highpoint 09 Apr 2018 View comments
Hamed, the Passionate Chef
Blogged by: Highpoint 09 Apr 2018 View comments

Sitting down after an evening of cooking up a storm, Hamed is exhausted, but happy.

“People are happy at the end of the meal when they enjoy my food. If I’m tired after cooking, when I hear this it gives me great energy.”

Life In Colour Hamed

After arriving in the West from Tehran, he initially struggled to find his feet, but soon found that food was a universal language. He secured work with Free to Feed, and began volunteering at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Footscray.
 
“Free to Feed gave me my first paid job with no need for references. It’s been my dream to show people my Persian food and tell my story about my homeland. I have done 148 cooking classes in the last 20 months”.
 
“(The ASRC is) somewhere where you can meet to talk with new people and share your story. What I love about the ASRC is that there are so many different people from all around the world, who care about each other”.

Life In Colour Hamed

Life In Colour Hamed

Hamed’s food often harks back to his family traditions.

“Both my mother and father are good cooks. I use their dishes in my classes which gives me happiness. I love to tell people about my culture and traditions, it's all new to them so I love to share with them my story”.

Life In Colour Hamed
 
The future is looking bright for Hamed.
 
“I volunteer at the ASRC as a cook and now manage a large team for their food program. It feels so great, I love it, especially when we don’t have enough volunteers in the kitchen I’m the one that cooks, I love that! I also want to open a tea shop along with my popular Persian dishes soon.

Life In Colour Hamed
 
For now though, he’s happy cooking in and for the West.

“(People in the West) do a great job and they care about people and help people where they can, they have good hearts.
 
“There’s hope for everyone in the West”

Life In Colour Hamed

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