Our Programs

The programs are for you to:

  • develop your cooking skills
  • improve your food knowledge
  • understand more about nutrients
  • identify food that are healthy and unhealthy
  • information about food that may help improve your health issues

    The programs can be:


      • skills development or goal-focused
      • flexible coaching
      • customised to suit you

        Programs can be delivered by:

        • weekly
        • appointments
        • intensive (full or half days)

        The delivery can be done:

        • via videoconferencing
        • onsite at your location


        Suitable for:

        • community events
        • schools
        • small groups

          The workshop topics involve:

          • foods that are healthy and unhealthy, packaged foods and transport miles
          • ideas for shopping, meals and cooking techniques
          • discussions and questions answered
          • cooking demonstration by the Chef

            Programs and Activities

            Program Delivery

            The Coach will work with you on:

            • your goals and program aims
            • cooking skills, cooking methods and dishes
            • design and plan healthy meals
            • explore ingredients, recipes and flavours
            • develop your cookbook from your cooking journals
            • reflections, experiences and review of each session and program

            Community activities and participation

            You can visit the food shops and markets to explore the different food they are selling. 

            If the Coach is delivering your program onsite, he/she will go with you.

            The food shops can be in your local area:

            • supermarket
            • greengrocer
            • butcher
            • markets (ie. Farmers’ Markets)

            You can:

            • see the differences between natural and processed foods
            • choose foods with nutrients
            • identify grass fed, free-range, grain-fed products
            • look for meal ideas
            • collect recipes
            • talk about food with the shop people

            You can also:

            • cook dishes using your journals and recipes
            • improve on the meals you have cooked
            • follow your weekly meal plan
            • study recipes and cookbooks
            • communicate with your family and friends about food and cooking
            • help people prepare food and cooking
            • use the resources (see below)


            You will be encouraged to use the resources on Deaf Chef Ross website to improve on your cooking skills.

            • Cooking class videos
            • Recipes
            • Visual instructions
            • Meal ideas
            • Health tips

            You may wish to subscribe to receive news from Deaf Chef Ross:

            • Updates from Deaf Chef Ross
            • Blogs and information
            • Social media sites (Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube)

            Program review, report and evaluation

            The Coach will review with you on:

            • your program, goals and outcomes
            • the tasks and practical activities you did
            • your skills checklist
            • your cooking journal and meals that you cooked

            The reviews will help you to:

            • exercise your rights and responsibilities
            • have your say about your program
            • provide feedback
            • make informed choices and decisions
            • reflect on experiences
            • identify successes and errors (ie. kitchen management skills)

            The reviews will help the Coach to:

            • evaluate your satisfaction level
            • use your feedback for improvements
            • assess the outcomes you have achieved
            • record notes of the review
            • complete a program report for you with suggestions

            The suggestions in your report will help you to further develop your food and cooking knowledge and skills.

            You can request for more programs with the Coach and build on your interests. 

            Exit or transition from Deaf Chef Ross services

            If you become very interested in food and cooking, you will be encouraged to build on it. 

            That means for you to be involved in community activities. It may assist further development on your knowledge and skills, and greater competence having to work collaboratively with others.

            Here are some examples of community involvements for you:

            • shop for food for people
            • help support workers, family and friends prepare and cook meals
            • cook and give meals to people
            • taste foods and learn flavours
            • participate in markets where they serve or sell foods
            • communicate about their interests in foods and cooking
            • attend deaf-friendly events where they have food
            • participate in catering for events ie. Trade Block (Melbourne)
            • maintain and strengthen connection to your culture and community foods – ie. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and multicultural traditional foods
            • link to your family background and celebration through foods and meals 

            The Coach is happy to work with you on your exit or transition.

            Get in touch with us

            Would you like more information about the programs? Just talk to us!