The Design Files - "Today’s Dream Job subject, Nayran Tabiei, has a story that’s likely to astound. Though foreign to most, the challenges this ever-smiling woman has overcome, only serve to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in the pursuit of fulfilling service. Nayran is cheerfully multitasking when we join her in the kitchen of Melbourne-based social enterprise Free to Feed. In between guiding a group of receptive young participants through the art of tabouli-tiny parsley chopping, the Cooking Instructor chronicles her long and testing journey to a safe and purposeful present." Read the whole article here.

“We like to sit a little bit above the political fray and just say we are here, we don’t respect what the government is doing… but we’re not going to engage on that level, we just see the potential in all of these people to live really fulfilled and engaged lives here and we’re here to suport them to do that. We exist to help people seeking asylum have their skills and past work experiences validated and to assist them to overcome what can feel like insurmountable barriers to gaining meaningful employment." Read more here.

Our mobile cooking school was featured in Culture Trip. Full article available here.

Read this article the the winning programs of Launch Vic funding including our Now to Launch incubator program, which offers food-focused entrepreneurs across Victoria the support to expand their concepts from idea to launch. 

What an honour to be voted the number 1 cooking school in Melbourne by Time Out Melbourne in May 2017.

That time the amazing video maker, Ben Crook created an introductory video to help you get to understand what Free to Feed is all about.


Our Middle Eastern Pop Cafe Event at Highpoint was featured in the Herald Sun.

A wonderful video by SBS Viceland, where journalist Marty Smiley interviewed Co founder Loretta and Chef Nayran in addition to attending a birthday party with Hamed from Iran. Watch the whole video online here.

Such a pleasure to be in Time Out Melbourne "Kindness in Melbourne" feature. Read journalist Rose's account of her Free to Feed cooking class at Grub Food Van earlier this month. Read the whole story here!

Co-founder of Free to Feed Loretta Bolotin was featured in the Weekly Review's Local Heroes program which aims to recognise and celebrate inspiring individuals who devote themselves to helping those in need. Read the full article here. 

In November 2016, The Funding Network collaborated with Clayton Utz to "present a special diversity and social inclusion in the workplace night" and after a competitive application process we were 1 of 3 social enterprises that were selected to share our work, we raised a record breaking $28,950 towards developing the Free to Feed kitchen HQ.

During the month of August 2016, five of our recipes were featured on The Design Files Tasty Tuesday. Including felafel, Persian nougat, Herb yoghurt and betroot dips, Baghlava with rosewater syrup and Saffron rice pudding with roasted rhubarb



"Free to Feed is a mutually beneficial experience – refugees and asylum seekers are given a chance to work in Australia and make connections with people, while those already living here are given the opportunity to learn about new cultures and cuisines....." Read more from our feature on Smudge Eats.


A video about Free to Feed's Persian and Syrian BBQ.




"More than just a cooking class for these asylum seekers" is a wonderful article about Free to Feed on Broadsheet, "Between mouthfuls of the delicate rosewater and pistachio halva the group has just made, Hamed asks us whether we are enjoying the food. We are. But perhaps more enjoyable is seeing someone who has fled turmoil making his way in Australia."  Read here

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Free to Feed is "Baking Down Barriers" according to The Australian's journalist Tessa Akerman. Read the full article here.

South Melbourne Market will be home to pop-up cooking classes teaching international cuisine by refugees. An article by The Port Philip Leader about our pop-up cooking school classes being held at the South Melbourne Market. Read here.

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We were invited to have a chat with Clare Bowditch on 774 ABC. Listen here

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Mahshid and Daniel were invited to have a chat with Refugee Radio. Listen here.

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Our pop-up cooking school is helping to bridge a cultural gap. This is an article in The Northcote Leader for the launch of
Free to Feed
at a popular local cafe, Kau & Co.

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Our classes at the Grub Food Van in Fitzroy were featured on Smudge Eats.

And they were also featured on Weekend Notes.

Our classes for hungry foodies were also featured in the Melbourne Leader.

Our Tehran Street Food class was mentioned in the Saturday Age's Spectrum. This was syndicated on the Brisbane Times Website