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About the Initiative

Welcome to “Foodwise Families,” our children-parent initiative supported by APS Bank Malta. This unique project is designed to foster multicultural harmony and environmental consciousness through the delightful realm of zero waste cooking. Embracing diversity and sustainability, Foodwise Families aims to bring together communities, young minds, and families from various backgrounds for an enriching experience.

The project is supported by APS Bank, NONI Restaurant and RMHC Learning Centre

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Meet Our facilitators

Chef Jonathan Brincat
MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF  |  NONI

Workshops 3 & 4

Chef Jonathan Brincat is an award-winning chef known for his gifted approach to Maltese cuisine, re-inventing local traditions by adding a contemporary twist, while shining a spotlight on seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.

With a keen focus on helping each ingredient shine, Chef Jonathan draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including nature, travel, art and literature. He is particularly passionate about refining humble, traditional dishes, often incorporating his own childhood memories into his creations.

He brings this innovative approach to Noni’s, the Valletta restaurant he co-founded with his sister Ritienne, where he has brought together a team of like-minded individuals who take pride in sourcing the finest produce to create dishes that surprise and delight. 

Chef Jonathan is known for iconic creations like Te Fit-Tazza, a reimagining of the tea and biscuits that are served in social clubs and corner shops around the island. He elevates the local tradition to its maximum potential, with a symphony that brings together all the different elements into a sumptuous dessert featuring sheep’s ricotta, lemon, black tea, condensed milk and shortbread biscuits.

It is this unique approach to what others may consider mundane ingredients that has earned him a reputation for being the gatekeeper of Maltese cuisine, while ensuring that Noni maintains its Michelin star status, year after year.

With firm plans to expand the Noni brand and elevate its international presence, Chef Jonathan is currently working on strengthening the restaurant’s own produce and mentoring younger chefs. A true believer in the value of passion over profit, he seeks to inspire others to prioritise their love for the culinary arts.

Register today

Are you ready for a Michelin Star Zero-Waste Cooking Experience? 

Register today to join Michelin starred Chef Jonathan Brincat from Noni in one of two workshops this summer. 

Spaces are limited to 18 participants – first come, first served!

Dates

WORKSHOP 3

Saturday 6th July - 10:30 - 12:30

FULLY BOOKED

WORKSHOP 4

Saturday 7th September - 10:30 - 12:30

FULLY BOOKED

How many places would you like to book?

Please note that children under the age of 16 require an adult or guardian for registration and are required to attend during the workshop. Workshops are open to children from the age of 5 and older.

Past Workshops

Nadia Cassar

Green Fingers Club Malta

Workshop 1

Nadia Cassar, the dynamic facilitator of our first Foodwise Families Child & Parent Zero Waste Cooking Workshop brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the table. Nadia, a Zero Waste advocate creates delicious food from scratch, showing how one’s own house can become one’s own little restaurant.  

Nadia’s workshops offer not only culinary guidance but also a transformative journey towards mindful consumption. Through her workshops, she instils not only practical cooking techniques but also a profound understanding of the interconnectedness between food, sustainability, and personal responsibility. 

With over 37 years dedicated to nurturing plants, 10 years focused on home food cultivation, and 5 years committed to regenerative farming, Nadia embodies a deep-rooted connection to sustainable practices. As the founder and visionary behind Green Fingers Club, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Fomm ir-Rih, Bahrija, her mission resonates clearly: to educate, empower, and inspire individuals of all ages to embrace conscious living and to learn how to grow organic food, even on their own balcony.

Nadia discovered her passion for nature when she received her first plant at the tender age of 6. From then onwards, her love for plants took over her entire life.

Her dream is to see every citizen confident in growing food, living sustainably, and making a difference for a better, greener, and more peaceful world.

Nadia’s Motto: Let’s Make Malta Green Again!

 

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Sara Borg

Balance Nutrition

Workshop 2

Sara Borg is a highly acclaimed certified nutritional therapist with over 12 years of experience in health and wellness. She has been a guest nutritionist and host for the TRiFOCAL project, an EU life programme project led by resource London to prevent food waste and she also hosted a workshop in aid of World Hunger Day, with rust Payments Ltd.

Her mission is to educate, inform and inspire clients and the public about the powerful benefits of food and lifestyle medicine, helping them pave the way to lasting health and wellbeing. Sara has extensive experience in the health and food industry such as public speaking, cooking workshops, TV interviews, corporate health talks, recipe development and food consultancy. In 2019, she launched her private practice (Balance – Nutrition & Wellbeing) offering one-to-one consultations, nutritional programmes and workshops for clients both locally and internationally.

Sara’s story:

“I grew up in the outskirts of a rural village in Malta, which meant I was always in touch with   high-quality, seasonal produce. As a teen I was experimenting in the kitchen and honing my craft and creativity as a healthy home cook. I began my career in health and wellness at the age of 18, as a holistic therapist and eventually spa manager for our family-run business. Working  with clients ‘on the surface’ invited me to investigate health on a deeper level through my lifelong passion for food. In 2015, I enrolled at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, where I studied for four years and graduated as a Nutritional Therapist. During this time I launched Balance – a platform for sharing simple, healthy recipes, as well as a line of homemade products for retail. 

Nutrition is an ever-changing field and I’m constantly expanding my knowledge and practice through regular educational courses. I am currently advancing my qualifications through a BSc Hons degree in Nutritional Therapy.”

 

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