Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Media Release

The Islamic Museum of Australia will be hosting the very first Multicultural Museums Cook-off on Sunday 8th November, 2015. The participating museums include; Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia, Jewish Museum of Australia and Museo Italiano.

Inspired by Jon Faine’s “call to cook” – the highly anticipated Multicultural Museums Cook-off celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Melbourne through a unique and exciting cooking extravaganza.

The Multicultural Museums Cook-off challenges the culinary skills of four vibrant, culturally diverse contemporary chefs to reinvent their traditional fare and present the most exciting fusions of Multicultural Melbourne.

It is with great excitement to announce that Samira El Khafir will be representing the Islamic Museum of Australia. Samira is a cook, mother of three, author of Eat with Love, owner of Modern Middle Eastern Cafe, and the finalist of the 2013 series of MasterChef Australia.  With a big personality, Samira cites her top three loves as her girls, shoes and bags. Samira says her mother’s cooking is the best food she has ever eaten and her love of food has grown from family get-togethers throughout her life.

Samira says: “My love and passion for food has come because it builds bridges between cultures and helps introduce others to my culture and heritage.”

Join our special guest host Jon Faine, Mornings presenter, 774 ABC Melbourne and Libbi Gorr to watch our chefs battle it out in front of a live audience. This live radio program will be broadcast on 774 Digital Radio and streamed online at (Cricket Grand\stand coverage from 10.30am in analogue), Sunday 8 November from 10am - 12noon.

Participating chefs include; Philip Vakos representing the Hellenic Museum, Alice Zaslavsky representing the Jewish Museum of Australia and Harrison Lockett representing Museo Italiano.

Special guests include VMC Chairperson Helen Kapalos, Co-host of network TEN’s The Project Waleed Aly, Food Writer and Editor Tania Cammarano and John Clearly from Sunday Nights ABC Local Radio.

Don’t miss out on a day of food, faith and fun at the newly established Islamic Museum of Australia.

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