School Cooking Workshops

Flavours Of The Middle East Cooking Experiences


What better way to learn about Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food than by cooking it yourself! What better way to immerse yourself in history and hospitality than with Flavours of the Middle East cooking experiences.

 The Dyna Eldaief Middle Eastern cooking workshops are interactive and designed to cater for high school students undertaking studies in Ancient Egypt and/or Hospitality.  A program specific to the needs of your school and that of your class or year level can be arranged. Simply contact me by phone or email to discuss options and work out a program that is right for you. From students beginning food technology to those who are preparing for a career in Hospitality, Dyna Eldaief can enrich your learning of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine.  From tasty dips and entrees, mains and sweets or meal planning to banquets.   These workshops offer students the opportunity to explore a wide range of experiences and to build upon their skills, interest and abilities through cooking in the school cooking environment.  The program fosters student learning through the following learning outcomes:

  • Students are involved in their learning
  • Students connect with and contribute to their world
  • Students understand and negotiate cultural differences
  • Students practice effective communication and working collaboratively
  • Student understanding is enriched through hands on learning

Program goals

The program aspires to :

  • Enrich student learning by providing a practical and hands on experience in a school setting.
  • Offer a safe, friendly and open atmosphere for students to explore potentially unique or foreign ingredients.
  • Provide a developmentally appropriate program that stimulates curiosity.
  • Offer dishes from a historical perspective or culturally relevant to their Food Technology and/or Ancient Egypt studies.
  • Assist staff and parents in building students’ confidence and self esteem through responsible interactions with ingredients and food preparation.
  • Encourage and support staff in their teaching of cultural material related to Ancient Egyptian studies and or food preparation with a Middle Eastern focus.


Introduction to Dyna

Dyna Eldaief has achieved a reputation as an expert in Egyptian Cooking that first began with an online presence and an invitation to appear as a contestant for the biggest reality television cooking show in the Middle East “The Taste”.  She has gone on to publish a cookbook “The Taste of Egypt” through the American University in Cairo Press which was launched September 2017.   The Taste of Egypt has been recognised Globally as the National Winner (EGYPT) Best Arab Cuisine and Best Mediterranean Cuisine – World Gourmand Cookbook awards. 2017.   Dyna has done numerous author talks and speaking engagements, has run cooking classes and her latest engagement was with P&O Cruises as a guest presenter for their Melbourne food and wine cruise in November 2017.   Dynas passion for cooking food from her heritage and her enthusiasm to share the food with others has lead her to cooking in schools and giving students an opportunity to prepare food and taste food from this region but also to reinforce knowledge learned during their Hospitality or Ancient Egypt studies.


The aim of the program is to broaden students cultural and historical understanding through preparing Egyptian/Middle Eastern food and bringing together the broader subject areas of History and Hospitality.


  • Presentation and/or discussion to class
  • Cooking demonstration, if requested
  • Students are given a recipe for the dish/dishes to cook
  • Food is prepared during normal class times


  • Dips such as Hommus, Tzatziki or Tahini

  • Egyptian omelette called Eggah made with onion and fresh parsley

  • Middle Eastern Kofta or Meatballs

  • Koshari (a great Vegetarian dish that is the Egyptian equivalent of fast food)

  • Stuffed vegetables such as vine leaves, cabbage leave or zucchini and capsicum

  • Traditional sweets such as Baklava, Basbousa or Konafa (a shredded pastry )

How much does this Interactive program cost?

The workshops run for 50 minutes.  Multiple workshops  can be organized for the same day. All programs are the same price. 20 minutes prior to the workshop I will arrive to set-up for the workshop/ presentation.

Melbourne Metropolitan prices Current January 2018 (workshops that are run on the same day).

1 x Workshop = $400 + GST 

2 x Workshops = $700 + GST 

3 x Workshops = $900 + GST 

4 x Workshops = $1100 + GST 

5 x Workshops = $1300 + GST

Please contact me to design a program for you. or phone on 0407 21 31 81.

These enrichment workshops utilizes and expands on current student knowledge but also allows for follow up education and project work.  E.g. Understanding the use of spices, using and storing dry ingredients, herbs. Sourcing of ingredients, growing food at home, shopping for middle eastern foods etc.

Please Note:  

  • Copies of  “The Taste of Egypt” cookbook can be ordered ahead and delivered to the school on the day of the Incursion.  I am happy to personalise and sign each copy.
  • Once a booking is made, you will receive a confirmation of date and invoice.
  • 50% of payment is requested to confirm booking and the remainder on the day of presentation.
  • 7 Days cancellation prior to your booking requires full payment.

ABN  31 140 029 772

Don't forget to grab a copy of my new book THE TASTE OF EGYPT