The Orana Foundation recognises the unique relationship that Indigenous people have with the land and their rich heritage of traditional food culture.
After visiting many Indigenous communities, Chef Jock Zonfrillo saw a need to revolutionise Australian food culture through combining the preservation of Indigenous knowledge and practice with contemporary methods and innovation.
|Assist Indigenous communities by stimulating Indigenous enterprise through supporting communities to research, document, commercialise and promote native Australian foods.|
|Support the development and demand for native Australian food supplies.|
|Alleviate Indigenous social and economic disadvantage through skills training and employment opportunities in growing, cultivating and harvesting native Australian foods.|
|Preserve the unique cultural heritage of traditional Indigenous food culture as a bridge to greater cultural recognition and understanding among all Australians.|
|The formation of a Native Australian Foods Database combining accumulated and new knowledge of Australian ingredients, their source, properties, cultural relevance and uses.|
|The establishment of the Australian Food Culture Enterprise, a research and development to explore new horizons in contemporary gastronomy, as well as develop wider applications.|
|The creation of an Innovation & Enterprise Hub for promoting and linking research and development of Australian ingredients to a range of commercial opportunities which benefit Indigenous enterprises.|
In July 2017 The Orana Foundation entered into a multi-year Research and Development partnership with the University of Adelaide. That team has since expanded to include visiting chefs from Restaurant Orana to work with food innovation scientists at Waite Campus.
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