free to is a social enterprise based in Thornbury, Melbourne and we're the creators of the free to feed project. 

free to feed is a pop-up cooking school with all classes run by refugees and asylum seekers.The free to feed program enhances employment opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees, who have exceptional cooking skills but are facing barriers to employment.

Before fleeing their homes, free to feed cooking instructors played important roles as cooks, chefs, restaurant owners and/or as feeders of their families and communities. 

The free to feed program provides individualised training and mentoring from industry professionals culminating in a unique employment opportunity: delivering cooking classes at the free to feed pop-up cooking school.

In our pop-up cooking school, ALL classes are run by people seeking asylum and refugees.

For most of our instructors, free to feed will be their very first job in Australia!

At each free to feed cooking class, you'll learn how to cook authentic, traditional dishes from your instructor’s home country. You also get to hear their incredible stories, as they relate their journeys and rich cultures to you.

Our cooking classes are completely mobile; they can - and do - take place absolutely anywhere! Right now, we are popping up in cafés, restaurants and cooking schools around Melbourne. We can also pop up in your workplace, school or home.



our values


By hosting free to feed in your home or business or coming along to our events, you're helping refugees and asylum seekers receive training, support, a wage and opportunities to share their skills in meaningful ways.

Cultural exchange

This is a great opportunity for you to meet with refugees and asylum seekers and share stories, whilst learning how to cook authentic, delicious cuisines from around the world!


We believe that sharing a kitchen is a strong and genuine gesture of welcome and acceptance, an intimate space in which the simplest and most meaningful cultural exchanges can occur

Making connections

We believe in community and we hope that our programs will foster genuine connections between everyday Australians and new arrivals.