The World on Your Plate, Mate Multicultural Influences on the Australian Diet

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Food Technology

Junior - Senior Secondary

The World on Your Plate, Mate

Multicultural Influences on the Australian Diet

Teacher Notes by Narelle Cameron, B.A App Sci (Consumer Science) B.Ed (Primary & Secondary), Cert IV (Training and Assessment)
Produced by VEA Pty Ltd

Commissioning Editor Simon Garner B.Ed.

Executive Producer Simon Garner B. Ed.
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This program will take students on a cultural culinary voyage around the world. It explores cultures ranging from African to Middle Eastern. It looks at a range of ingredients and foods from different cultures within Australian communities.

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of how the Australian eating pattern has evolved over the years, and the significance of the influences of different cultures.

The program contains six main sections;

Program Timeline

00:00:00 Introduction

00:00:46 Chapter 1 – Australia’s multicultural history and dietary influences

00:04:04 Summary – Australia’s multicultural history and dietary influences

00:04:43 Chapter 2 – Italy

00:08:11 Summary – Italy

00:08:52 Chapter 3 – Mexico

00:12:27 Summary – Mexico

00:13:13 Chapter 4 – Turkey

00:17:39 Summary – Turkey

00:18:17 Chapter 5 – South Africa

00:21:43 Summary – South Africa

00:22:19 Chapter 6 – China

00:26:24 Summary – China

00:27:02 Conclusion

00:27:33 Credits

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Student Worksheet:
Before Viewing the Program

  1. Using a map of the world, survey students on their cultural background and indicate the results on the map. Discuss with the class, why is there such a diverse range of cultural backgrounds in Australia.

  1. As a class, brainstorm factors that affect the foods we choose to eat. eg. family background, likes/ dislikes, time, money and location.

  1. Create a personal brainstorm like the one below, including factors which influence your eating habits.

Youmay want to include other factors such as:

  • Advertising

  • Money

  • Nutritional Value

While Viewing the Program

  1. What is one of the benefits of living in a diverse society?

  1. Can we define one particular meal as Australian cuisine?

  1. What did the settlers bring to Australia to assist with food supply?

  1. List two items that are considered to be examples of traditional British cuisine.

  1. What effect did World War II have on Australia’s immigration?

  1. List some examples of kitchen equipment or utensils that represent different cultural influence.

  1. What are the types of multicultural dishes that are considered Australian staples?

  1. What is the main distinction between the ingredients used in the North and South of Italy?

  1. What is antipasto? List two examples.

  1. What is primo? List two examples.

  1. What is secondo? List two examples.

  1. What is contorno? List two examples.

  1. What is dolce? List two examples.

  1. What is Carnivale? When is it celebrated?

  1. What are the three factors Mexican cuisine is famous for?

  1. What is North East Mexico famous for?

  1. What is celebrated on the 6th January?

What is Mexican cuisine is based on?

  1. What are four of the most frequently used ingredients in Turkish cuisine?

  1. What is Dolma?

  1. What do the festivals in Turkey pay homage to?

  1. How many types of “Kofta" exist in Turkey?

  1. What countries influence Turkish cuisine?

  1. To what is South African cuisine often referred?

  1. What does the Prickly Pear Festival celebrate? Give some examples.

  1. What is the South African take away franchise found in Australia called?

  1. In China, what is the difference between the coastal area and inland region’s daily diet?

  1. When is Weilu celebrated and what does it symbolised?

  1. In China, a whole fish represents, and a chicken represents

After Viewing the Program

  1. Investigate your cultural background and research the following:

  • Foods and ingredients which are grown or commonly eaten;

  • Religious and cultural beliefs which influence foods consumed;

  • Celebrations, festivals or events for the culture and the foods typically served.

  1. Invite a guest speakers into the classroom to discuss their cultural background and how food influences their culture.

  1. As a class create a recipe booklet from the student’s cultural backgrounds or a television cooking show and digitally record your family recipes.

  1. Research the different multicultural eateries in your local area. You may use local newspapers, phonebooks and the internet.

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