By providing local employment and education opportunities for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds (in particular the unemployed or under employed), Taste Cultural Foods aims to promote social cohesion, mutual respect and tolerance between people of diverse backgrounds.

Through the food tours, program trainees build work skills (planning, budgeting, research), improve their English and confidence, and gain an Australian work history and references – with the aim of securing employment in their chosen profession.

They do this by using their existing cultural knowledge and experience to make a valuable contribution to the tour programs, which showcase authentic multicultural cuisines – improved by Australia’s freshest local ingredients.

Taste is small enough to address the ambitions of the individual participant, recognising that migrants and refugees are often over qualified for the work they are doing. Tour guiding is a step to being what the trainee wants to be. All make a real and valued contribution to the tour program and are paid to work early in the program.