GRUBS in Glen Eira Sustainable MasterChef Challenge

By Kirsty Costa, CERES

GReen Urban Better Schools (GRUBS) in Glen Eira is a teacher environment network facilitated by CERES. The network began last year and has built up a foundation of 28 schools in the Glen Eira area. This year, our network is focusing on the theme of Waste so we celebrated our Term 1 meeting by exploring one of our favourite topics… FOOD! We were also fortunate to be joined by members of the City of Kingston teacher environment network.

Our meeting was held at East Bentleigh Primary School (their Hub page is We were given a tour of all of East Bentleigh’s food production gardens (including their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden). It was also ‘Market Day’ at the school and we were welcomed by fresh produce stalls and handicrafts made by families. What great initatives! Members of our network commented that they felt very inspired to start similar programs at their own school.

Many thanks to Doron Francis from CERES Fair Food who brought two delicious organic food boxes for us to cook with. CERES Fair Food provides a service to school so they can be ‘food hubs’ for the local or school community. Fair Food is not-for-profit service which helps Melbournians connect to the farming families who grow our food and give you access to the freshest, best quality, local produce available. You can find out more about CERES Fair Food by visiting their Hub page

Teams were then created and ingredients were chosen for the 2011 GRUBS Sustainable MasterChef Cook-off! Using fresh, organic and locally sources ingredients, the teams whipped up a gourmet storm including a big bowl of fruit salad, a garden salad with apple, a pasta salad with herb oil and a spinach frittata. It was a wonderful opportunity to chat, work together and share cooking skills. Our organic waste was fed to the rabbit at Tucker Road Primary School and East Bentleigh’s worm farms. Congratulations to all the teams for their delicious dishes and a special congrats to our winners!

We are really lucky to have a committed group of schools in Glen Eira who are working towards a sustainable future for all. It is a privilege to be facilitating this network and I encourage all schools to join their local teacher environment network. A list can be found here

By CERES Education – Outreach Team|2017-11-06T17:15:18+10:00April 25th, 2013|0 Comments