Our first ever Family Cook4Good saw 60 kids (age 8+) and parents making a phenomenal 540 meals which they delivered to homeless shelters as well as individuals in need. Check out Monday’s SMH (p2. + 3 spread) for their great coverage http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/kids-give-back-to-those-in-need-with-a-sunday-cookin-20141019-118en9.html.

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Integrated into Cook4Good was a brand new program initiated by Our Big Kitchen – Sharing the Caring – and we were thrilled to partner with them for its launch. Donations made by participating families were used to purchase baking equipment for The Hub, a program for homeless youth in Bangkok supported by Reverend Bill Crews of the Exodus Foundation. This equipment will enable the young people to skill up and start their own little cookie making business.

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But wait — there’s more! We also had a film shoot directed by Luke Power, with cookie recipes explained in both Thai and English – thanks Poun and Patrick! The cookie recipes and the love of the participating kids will make their way over to The Hub via an instructional clip which we’ll share with you later this week.

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A highlight of the morning was the meeting of two very inspirational men who have both turned their strong passion for helping others into action – there was a positive buzz in the kitchen as OBK’s founder, Rabbi Dovid Slavin, and Reverend Bill Crews met yesterday for the first time. Truly a historical moment.

Our thanks as always go to the brilliant team at OBK – Greg, George, Simon, chef Jonathan and the entire team, together with volunteer chef Matthew from the Gaden Centre. And three cheers for Gina and Josh, who spent the morning cooking and having fun with the really little kids.

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