Fancy cooking at home with Jock Zonfrillo?

Zonfrillo says the kit includes ingredients that will raise awareness on climate change. Picture: Supplied
Zonfrillo says the kit includes ingredients that will raise awareness on climate change. Picture: Supplied

Fancy the idea of cooking at home with Jock Zonfrillo? Now you can with the launch of a limited-edition at-home meal kit inspired by the cuisines of Central America, the Amazon and Africa.

In collaboration with Italian coffee brand Lavazza, the "Nature's Course" kit contains three meals which showcase the different cuisines and highlights the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Zonfrillo says the kit, which is only $20, includes ingredients that will raise awareness on climate change and the importance of sustainable farming.

"We've brought attention to regions that the Lavazza Foundation supports through its Tierra! projects and highlighted produce that is culturally significant to these local communities," he says.

Injera bread, spiced chickpeas and vegetables from East Africa. Picture: Supplied

Injera bread, spiced chickpeas and vegetables from East Africa. Picture: Supplied

""For Central America, we've created a vatap curry with annatto seeds; the Amazon is represented through a roasted pumpkin salad with tamarind - which is affected by drastic seasonal spikes; and finally, Africa via an injera bread with chickpeas.

"We can't take our food for granted, without substantial change from all of us, ingredients like these will struggle to flourish."

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During menu development, Lavazza and Zonfrillo enlisted the expertise of sustainable food systems architect Sascha Rust, who has dedicated his career to developing eco-friendly supply chains. Rust educates chefs and restaurateurs around the world on the importance of sourcing ingredients ethically and responsibly.

Roasted butternut pumpkin with rice salad and tamarind ocopa sauce from Peru. Picture: Supplied

Roasted butternut pumpkin with rice salad and tamarind ocopa sauce from Peru. Picture: Supplied

"The threat of climate change impacting all aspects of life is no surprise," says Rust.

"Which is why it's important to educate people on the incredible produce that the world has on offer and how sustainable agriculture can help continue its life-cycle."

He said research has proven that extreme temperatures pose a critical risk to the future of crops, as erratic weather conditions significantly reduce product yields, causing rotting and an increase in disease outbreaks.

"Not only is it damaging food quality and quantity, it is having drastic consequences for local farmers and their communities.

South American inspired salmon, vatapa, apple, cashew and radish salad, annatto oil. Picture: Supplied

South American inspired salmon, vatapa, apple, cashew and radish salad, annatto oil. Picture: Supplied

"Through the Nature's Course meal kits, Australians will be taken on a journey through the regions where the Lavazza Foundation is active with a range of sustainable projects aiming to support local communities and farmers."

The kits are available for delivery to the ACT, Victoria and NSW, and all proceeds will be donated to a not-for-profit carbon offset organisation.

The meal kits are available now at lavazzanaturescourse.com.au

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