In Sudan it is taboo for a man to cook.
As young Sudanese refugee, Alier puts it very
plainly, “cooking, cleaning, washing the
dishes, it’s the duty of your sister.”
What happens when a Sudanese woman starts a cooking
school for the refugee men and asks them to prepare
a feast for their biggest critics – the
The women of Sudan do not allow their men into
the kitchen because, (amongst other reasons) they
believe their penises might burn over the cooking
fires. But when a group of refugee Sudanese men
in Adelaide is found starving because they don’t
know what to do with a fridge full of groceries,
something has to change. Ayen Kuol, a Sudanese
health worker decides to challenge a million years
of custom and culture and start a cooking school
for African men.
The generations battle it out for their right
to be in the kitchen and Ayen eventually throws
down the gauntlet. The boys should cook a feast
for the elder women.
Will the boys show up? Will
the elder women come?
there be anything worth eating?