The Social Food Project aims to create a more connected food system through interactive food events that have a focus on sustainability, education and story-telling.

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Our Mission

At the Social Food Project we aim to contribute to the sustainable food conversation in Australia by bringing people together to share and talk about food.

We inspire people to engage with food in different ways through our workshops, cooking demos, consulting, public speaking and pop up dinners and events.

We believe that if people connect more with where their food comes from and how it’s produced, then consumers can help build a fair food system. And above all, we love to cook delicious seasonal food for good people!

The Social Food Project aims to:

  • Contribute to the sustainable food conversation in Australia.

  • Inspire people to engage with food in different ways.

  • Promote a fair food system for all.

  • Host unique food experiences in the form of dinners and workshops.

  • Cook delicious food for good people!


Our Story

The Social Food Project was founded by chef, environmentalist and social entrepreneur Ben McMenamin. After working as a chef for more than 10 years and gaining a degree at RMIT, Ben has realised the power food has at bringing people together and catalysing social change.

Ben has cooked with a number of great social initiatives including the Food Know How project, Scarf Community Dinners, Give a Fork Sustainable Seafood lunch, OzHarvest and more! His work as a food educator has taken him all over Australia presenting at sustainability conferences and community festivals. 

Ben's passion for food and education is matched only by his love of gardening! While at RMIT, Ben started a student project called Greening RMIT dedicated to creating more urban gardens and increasing food literacy on campus. He has hosted numerous gardening workshops and cooking demonstrations for students and staff alike. 

In 2016, Ben joined the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance as the Membership Officer and Co-founded the Fair Food Challenge, to promote a more fair, healthy and accessible food system.


Our Friends

We are proud to be part of an amazing network of inspired individuals and organisations working towards a more sustainable food system in Australia. If we can't help you with your event or cause, we might know someone who can!  

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