Dialogue Over Dinner: Islamic Museum of Australia

From August 22, 2020 17:00 until August 22, 2020 18:30

Dialogue Over Dinner: Islamic Museum of Australia

The Islamic Museum of Australia invites you to:

Dialogue Over Dinner

Date: Saturday 22 August 2020    Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
Location: online 

Here is how it works: register for a place and we'll send you recipe cards for food you can prepare for dinner at home. On the night, join us on Zoom and listen in on Mariam Issa sharing ways to support your community from home, join MasterChefs Amina Elshafei and Alice Zaslavsky as they talk about their faith and cooking inspiration! Hosted by Maryum Chaudhry.


  • Mariam Issa moved to suburban Melbourne from Somalia with her husband, four children and a fifth on the way. Far from her tight community in Somalia, Mariam found herself in a foreign country with a foreign language and culture. Similar to a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, she spent ten years going through depression, the victim phase, an anger phase, and finally, arriving at the activist phase. Through her powerful stories that tell her trials and tribulations, she has inspired countless women who have had similar experiences to stop seeing themselves as victims, but to see the butterfly within in order to achieve their fullest potential.
  • Amina Elshafei is very proud of her Korean (from her mum) and Egyptian (from her dad) heritage. She and her sister, Eman, were born in Saudi Arabia but the family moved to Australia when Amina was four, and she has lived here ever since. In 2012, Amina was a contestant on MasterChef Australia, finishing in the top twelve and recently in 2020, finishing 17th. Viewers saw her for her warmth and generosity – she has been described as 'everyone's best friend'.
    These have been wonderful opportunities for her to pursue her cooking career and also to bring Korean and Egyptian cooking to national attention. Amina has written her cookbook Amina's Home Cooking, produced recipes for multiple publications, and been a guest demonstrator at food events and shows in Australia and internationally. She has recently become an new mum and continues to work as a nurse as well as pursuing her food career.
  • Alice Zaslavsky is a fresh voice in Australian food, recognised for her modern, accessible approach to cooking, penchant for puns and spectacular spectacles. She’s penned best-selling kids’ book, Alice’s Food A-Z, with her new book In Praise of Veg, for veg-curious grown-ups out in November. Alice served time as Food Editor for Melbourne's premier lifestyle glossy The Weekly Review, hosted television programs Kitchen Whiz, Crunch Time and Short Cut to Glory, and is the resident Culinary Correspondent for the ABC. She also won an Immunity Pin on MasterChef Australia. Alice has combined her breadth of experience across education, food media and the Creative Arts to found Phenomenom.com.au, a research-led, government and industry-funded, free digital tool-kit of videos, podcast and curriculum-aligned resources that helps teachers and parents to integrate food literacy and sustainability into every school subject. Follow Alice @aliceinframes
  • Event MC: Maryum Chaudhry is the General Manager, Islamic Museum of Australia. She believes education is our greatest asset to creative positive societal changes and meaningful connections.

Everyone is welcome to Dialogue Over Dinner. The event celebrates the beauty of interfaith in Melbourne through delicious food and talented speakers.

Price: $10 pp (includes shipping) | For registration, click here

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