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Cooking through a storm

A slice of the OW team at Cookes Food in 2020BC (Before COVID-19): from left, Stephanie Bell (OW2000), Sophie Storen (Cookes) (OW2000) and Elaina Were (Musto) (OW2008) with Andy Slattery

Food always tastes better with a little Wesley flavour. Sophie Storen (Cookes) (OW2000) is the founder and owner of multi-faceted catering and events company Cookes Food, working alongside fellow OWs Stephanie Bell (OW2000) and Elaine Ware (Musto) (OW2008). Due to the current pandemic, this popular Melbourne catering business needed to pivot and pivot quickly, and this is what the ingenious OW team did, bringing a touch of their premium hospitality to the home.

Cookes Food has been curating delicious at-home menus and fun collaborations to keep the spirits up for their clients in lockdown. Although they would usually be setting up for events with 500 or more people, the Cookes team has been busy in the kitchen and on the roads, delivering their premium food.

With the easing of restrictions in October, Sophie and the team launched Park Life – three premium picnic boxes to be enjoyed at the local park with family and friends – giving the humble picnic the chance to shine. In a time when so much of what we once knew and enjoyed has been lost, it’s comforting to know OWs like Sophie, Stephanie and Elaine are delivering a delicious reminder of our past and a sumptuous roadmap to the future.


>> Check out Cookes Food at cookesfood.com.au
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