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Over the next three months, Woodlea will host three cooking classes in collaboration with Free to Feed, which seeks to showcase the talents of people seeking asylum, refugees and new migrants like Pakistan-born Shahid Burney.
Shahid has always been infatuated with food but today, he uses his recipes to provide a sensory narration of his fervent endeavour to seek asylum in Australia.
Shahid remembers standing at the front of a queue as a child, where he lined up with his seven siblings in the stifling early morning air of Pakistan, eagerly awaiting his mother’s crispy hot bread from the sizzling pan.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, to a Pakistani mum and Indian dad, Shahid experienced systemic discrimination and actively protested this inequity. After being arrested and imprisoned, he sought asylum in Switzerland, where he was granted permanent residency.
Shahid worked as a chef and manager of restaurants and hotels, serving three Swiss presidents during his 17 years in Switzerland.
Shahid returned to Pakistan to honour the passing of his mum. Unaware of a condition of his residency status when attempting to return to Switzerland, Shahid, his wife and his two year old son, were denied re-entry.
Discovering that they had been stripped of their rights, they remained in Pakistan for another four years. Shahid became a refugee for the second time, travelling to Australia with his family to seek asylum in 2016.
Today, Shahid is a regular teacher with Free to Feed, continually adding strings to his culinary bow.
JOIN SHAHID'S PAKISTANI MELTING
Shahid’s inimitable style of cooking fluidly intersects an assortment of cultures and cuisines, culminating in a fusion of eastern tradition and western ingredients. Aromatic braises, cheesy crispy pastries, fresh salads and lively fruit flavours are all part of the fun – come stir things up with Shahid!
Pakistani Puff Pastry
Spinach Curry with Indian Cottage Cheese
Spicy Cheese Tzatziki
Pakistani street salad
Alcohol available for purchase on the night
Where: 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Aintree
Date and Time: 27th July from 5pm to 8pm
Cost: An early bird special is currently running for all tickets with a HUGE 50% DISCOUNT! Tickets for each class are limited so get in quick and register your interest via our event page.
We want to hear WHAT YOU ❤️ MOST about your new cafe! To enter, make sure you give Aintree Cafe & Garden a 'like' & tell us in 25 words or less what you love! Whether its the staff, the food or what they stand for....we want to hear it???? Winner will receive a $50 voucher to the amazing Aintree Cafe & Garden & will be drawn next Wednesday #socialenterprise #notforprofit #newlocal #free
This is your LAST CHANCE to secure tickets to this Saturday's Free to Feed event at Woodlea!! Not only is this a fun & social experience but it's also supporting such a fantastic cause - read below to see what your much appreciated funds go straight towards ✨secure your tickets here http://bit.ly/2keSeXq
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