Christina's Gourmet is a celebration of Asian cuisine at its best, savouring some of South East Asia's popular street food and home cooked food shared at the dinner table.
It is also an endeavour to continue one significant aspect of Christina’s Malaysian Peranakan Nyonya culture and share unique delectable experiences with her friends and family. The Nyonya cuisine is about traditional family recipes that have been passed down through generations of excellent cooks, along with stories of the people who infused their food with “love and passion”.
The authentic methods to use fresh ingredients and creative use of aromatic herbs in the kitchen results in a unique cultural and gustatory heritage that Christina wishes to preserve for posterity. This has manifested in a span of careers ranging from consulting restaurants in San Francisco to owning restaurants in Malaysia to managing her own catering service in Sydney known as Christina’s Gourmet Catering.
Christina’s Social Enterprise Project
“Making a difference in her local community”
Ever since she was young, Christina has always combined her passion for cooking with a passion for helping members in her community. Christina grew up in Malaysia as a Nyonya (Straits Chinese) in a household that celebrated food as much as family. Even though her family was poor, Christina never forgot the kindness her father showed to neighbours when he cooked for orphaned children or sick families. Her father may have been a widower raising twelve children but he always believed in the power of food to bring life and smiles to families.
Christina’s Gourmet Dinner Mission
"Food for a Cause"
Christina made it her mission in life to use her skills in cooking to help others. Last year, Christina started a project called "Food for a Cause" to support her friends in sponsoring a child in Africa who had become an orphan.
She discovered Entrepreneur Mums Australia (Facebook group) and was inspired by the network of Australian women, especially mums, gathering together to share ideas, collaborate, and help each other in their own small businesses. Encouraged by the support available to mothers, Christina began a social enterprise to help other families in her community struggling with health, finances and other difficulties in life. While they juggle managing the household, work and children, Christina gives them a helping hand by putting food on the table for their family, saving them from one less worry. Christina also used her talents to bless families in hospitals by cooking meals for them. This is the foundation of Christina’s Gourmet Dinner.
Christina is just one woman with a passion but this year she aims to support one family every week in her local community that has experienced hardship and cook for them dinner every week. Please write to us if you know a family that is struggling to put food on the table for their kids and believe they will benefit from this Food for a Cause.
In addition to her local mission, she also aim to support community groups overseas such as the financial sponsorship of education for refugee children, as well as other charitable campaigns, in Thailand and Malaysia. Christina has never been alone in his endeavour as she has always been supported by likeminded women and continues to encourage female entrepreneurs and mums-in-business to take part in missions like Food for a Cause.
For the last 6 months, we have cooked dinner for over 15 families in need with 35 meals delivered at an average of 1-2 families per week.
One family which we have sponsored was Rachel Capps, a young quadriplegic mum from The Ponds community who had suffered stroke. We have collaborated with mothers from the Entrepreneur Mums Australia Facebook group to raise funds at the Christmas Market for a CAUSE event which was held on the 3-4 Dec 2016.