Community Chef Case Study

Hayden and Mark


These two films tell of the challenges, risks and benefits in taking a collaborative approach to community service delivery using the example of innovative delivered meals facility Community Chef.

Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), in their role as part of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) commissioned us to create a series of films which would bring their written case study of the Community Chef facility to life. Our challenge was to take the sometimes dry material and to transform it into a story. We wanted also to show the challenges and hurdles the project faced in a truthful light, without diminishing the innovation and true achievement it represented.

Film 1: The Community Chef Story

Hayden and Mark

Founding CEO of Community Chef Hayden Raysmith and case study researcher Mark McKenzie-McHarg (background) during the filming of our interview.


Client: LGMA and ACELG

Produced: 2013

Length: 4.30 minutes

Community Chef is an innovative food production facility in Altona, Victoria. Jointly owned by 21 local councils, Community Chef makes low-cost, high-quality and nutritious food for elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community. Run as a social enterprise with the goal of supporting its workforce and helping the community, and built to a radical new design which is ultra-efficient and more sustainable, the facility could easily have never been built. This short film explains what Community Chef is and the unique factors which led to its development.


Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Executive Producer:
Angela Zivkovic
Joe Ciccarone, Bill Jaboor, Hayden Raysmith
Food Facility Production Staff Featured:
Akot Bol Akot, Zora Dimovska, Ha Huynh, Thuong Huynh, Khames Jumma, Kuan Kuan, Leigh Mattsson, Craig Menezes, Prakash Patel, Anna May Roque, Gurmeet Singh, Kartik Subramanian, Marlynz Tiamzon, Paul Valencia, Thuy Vo
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Lucinda Horrocks
With thanks to:
Jo Bomm, Mai Ling Wong, Emma Populin, Sumith Fernando and all the staff at Community Chef, Kerry Hewson, Brimbank City Council, Mark McKenzie-McHarg, and John Ravlic, Local Government Managers Australia
Commissioned by and produced for
Local Government Managers Australia on behalf of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government
Distribution License:
Free to distribute online under Creative Commons BY-ND-NC conditions, all other use requires permission
Copyright with:
© ACELG/LGMA and Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd Pty Ltd 2013.