It’s our mission is to shine a light on Australia’s Indigenous food. Bringing our incredible native ingredients to the world, whilst celebrating Indigenous culture and supporting Indigenous communities.

Started by Chef Jock Zonfrillo, the Foundation seeks to protect and preserve thousands of years of know-how and cultural heritage through research, innovation and enterprise.

Our Projects

Check out some of the amazing projects that we've been working on. With your help, we can do even more.

Indigenous Food Database

Indigenous Food Database

Community Packing Shed

Community Packing Shed

Plant Production

Plant Production

Food Flavour and Quality Assessment

Food Flavour and Quality Assessment

Board

Research Team

Ambassadors

Our Partners

All the great work we do is thanks to the support of our incredible partners. Get in touch if you want to join these amazing organisations, and help us do even more.

Botanic Gardens of South Australia
Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation
Government of South Australia
Lipman Karas
Tingari Silverton Foundation
The University of Adelaide
Zero Mass Water

News

Meet the chefs who are celebrating Indigenous ingredients in Australia

23 May 2018

It was a chance encounter almost 20 years ago with an Aboriginal busker named Jimmy, on the waterfront walkways of…

Jock Zonfrillo: A Scotsman with Italian blood redefining Australian cuisine

18 Dec 2017

Showcasing ingredients such as finger lime, eucalyptus and green ants, Scottish-born chef Jock Zonfrillo is redefining Australian cuisine one dish…

Good Food Guide 2018: Food For Good Award

17 Oct 2017

The winner of this award, which celebrates innovation, charity and sustainability, goes above and beyond to contribute to the broader…

The Gourmet Traveller 2017 Restaurant Awards

24 Aug 2017

After more than 50 years as the country’s leading food magazine, Gourmet Traveller knows a thing or two about how to throw…

Hot 50 Restaurants

16 Aug 2017

He forages for the indigenous ingredients that dazzle diners at his Adelaide restaurant. But Jock Zonfrillo’s ambitions don’t end there.…

Building a native food industry in Australia

30 Jun 2017

The University of Adelaide and The Orana Foundation, founded by chef Jock Zonfrillo, have announced a major new research partnership to support the…

Orana Foundation awarded grant to develop native foods industry

15 Jun 2017

Tomorrow’s 2016-17 Mid-Year Budget Review will include $1.25 million for the Orana Foundation to expand their work in the research,…

The rise of bushfood

28 Apr 2017

Photograph: Tourism Australia / Oliver Strewe Australian native ingredients are destined to go mainstream, but will the traditional owners of…

Prince of provenance

1 Jan 2017

Jock Zonfrillo’s food journey has taken him from foraging and fishing with his Scottish and Italian grandfathers and cooking for…

Jock Zonfrillo: The Force of Food

1 Jan 2017

Scottish born Jock Zonfrillo is one of the people helping to define Australian cuisine. Working from his Orana restaurant in…

Jock Zonfrillo – Defining Australian Cuisine

4 Dec 2016

A chat with Scotland-born, Australia-based chef Jock Zonfrillo: he’s working with the Orana Foundation to rediscover some of Australia’s native…

The 10 best things to happen in food this year: 5–1

3 Dec 2016

Here it is: the top five best things to happen in the Australian food scene this year, from the world’s…