Dale Chapman of My Dilly Bag

Aunty Dale Chapman is an Aboriginal Elder born in Dirranbandi in southwest Queensland – Yuwaalaraay and Kooma lands – and a resident of Sunshine Coast Gubbi Gubbi country since 1976.

Regarded as a leader in her field, Aunty Dale is the founder of My Dilly Bag, a celebrated and award-winning chef, cookbook author, public speaker, television personality, YouTuber and lecturer.

Aunty Dale is a qualified chef who has crafted culinary experiences from French to contemporary Australian cuisine in southeast Queensland for 35 years. She is passionate about sharing the oldest food in the world which takes her overseas to deliver keynote addresses, showcase flavours, explain nutritional and medicinal benefits, and teach key cooking techniques.

Some conferences include:

  • 2019 Indigenous Terra Madre Asia and Pan-Pacific in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 2019 Dietitians Association of Australia Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 2019 National Indigenous Bushfood Symposium in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 2018 Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference in Lorne, Tasmania
  • 2018 Agriforce and the Food and Fibre Conference Brisbane, Queensland
  • 2017 / 2018 World Science Festival Brisbane, Queensland
  • 2006 Terra Madre, Slow Food’s event in Turin, Italy (first Aboriginal Australian to attend)
  • 2004 / 2006 Nice College of Hospitality, French Riviera, France

In 2002, Aunty Dale together with Bush Tucker Man, Les Hiddins, launched the Australian Bush Food Stamp Range for Australia Post.

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