Over Term 1, MLC’s Hospitality and Commerce departments joined together to deliver one of MLC’s new interdisciplinary subjects; “Commerce and Food”. This subject is designed to teach world-ready skills through projects that mirror the real working world.
Students were tasked with not only designing the recipes, but also investigating commerce and marketing strategies to discover how meal kit delivery services like Marley Spoon or Hello Fresh sell their products. Students’ creativity in the kitchen meant boxes were filled with colourful and fresh produce for recipes like Mexican chicken wraps, Asian style vegetarian poke bowls and teriyaki chicken with rice and vegetables.
The boxes were sold to staff and students during the term, with all proceeds going to charity. These sales came at a crucial time during the developing COVID-19 pandemic, when supermarket shelves struggled to keep up with panic-buying demand. The Commerce and Food students felt a greater sense of purpose in delivering their meal kits during that time, and there were certainly some staff and MLC families breathing a sigh of relief about what to cook for dinner that night.
Students Sienna and Aris, both Year 9 shared their thoughts in their final reflections:
“I enjoyed the different styles of recipes that we got to cook and also enjoyed the opportunity of getting to design our own recipes to sell to people. I was pleasantly surprised by Commerce and Food, as it was a combination of subjects that I didn’t expect to go so well together. Comm and Food was a great experience that I thoroughly enjoyed and a nice interdisciplinary subject to start the year with,” says Aris.
“During Commerce and Food I have enjoyed cooking different meals and expanding my knowledge and skills in cooking. My highlight was getting into groups and making our own Marely Spoon box. We were able to brainstorm and be creative on what type of meal we wanted to make. We finally decided to make teriyaki chicken with rice and vegetables. It was a very quick, healthy and enjoyable dish!” says Sienna.