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On 11th December the Men's Kitchen hosted our members and their guests for our annual Christmas Party. Around 100 people attended, including Cr. Heins and Cr. Philpott from the Northern Beaches Council.

Barry and Ray proudly display their Pear and Almond Butter Cake, while the rest of the boys wait for a taste.

Mick, Graham and Billy were snapped by one of our visitors while they were doing a great job.

Michael Regan, Mayor of Northern Beaches Council serves up the latest treat prepared by the team at Forestville.

A new trick (recipe) learnt that I can try at home. Great!

Bob, Ray, Val, Laurie, Rob, Graham, Michelle (Cooking Instructor), Bruce and John Have prepared this delicious lunch and are eager to tuck in for what appears to be a festival of food. Well done boys!

John and Rod are chuffed with their Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie. Our 13 attendees all really enjoyed this meal.

Peter and Neil made a chicken and date targine today too, this was delicious. Well done boys! Neil added some couscous to round out the meal. I had seconds.....

Alan and John proudly stand by their chicken and date tagine. It was a fantastic dish. Well done to you both.

Mark, Kerry, Rod and Graham about to get stuck into some seriously delicious Korean chicken wings and kimchi.

Mark checks the Chicken Cacciatore to see if it is cooked. It was, and it was delicious!

Terry and Peter check out the new stove.

Peter explains how the new microwave works.


During volunteers’ week in late May 2021, when the committee hosted all our cooking instructors to thank them for their contribution to the Men’s Kitchen, we surprised Peter Rudland by awarding him with life membership to the Men’s Kitchen Association.

Life membership of our association may be awarded to someone who in the view of the board has both contributed substantially to the success of the organisation and has made an ongoing contribution for a period of approximately ten years.

In 2013, Peter Rudland and several other blokes joined a Male Carer cooking group run by the NSW department of Health in Narrabeen. When that program was forced to close due to the renovation of the Narrabeen Tram Shed community Centre, Peter was a key driver in the decision to “do our own thing” rather than to cease learning cooking altogether. Peter and five others were the initial members of the association when we incorporated in 2016, and since that time he has continuously been the public officer and secretary of the association. In fact, when we were forced to incorporate in order that we continue cooking, we only had six members and were required to have a public officer and secretary. Had Peter not put his hand up with experience and a willingness to do the task we would simply not be the organisation that we are today.

Please join me in congratulating Peter on being awarded life membership and I’m sure he would welcome an email of congratulations (pgrudland