Dale Chapman

Dale Chapman

The Dilly Bag Bush Tucker Products & Learning Programs

Dale is an Indigenous woman, born in Dirranbandi in SW Queensland - Kooma tribal lands, and a fully qualified chef.

Dale has been in the Food Industry most of her working life mainly in the Sunshine Coast region for nearly 25 years. From French cuisine to contemporary Australian, Dale’s experience is varied but she is most passionate about bush tucker and has promoted its use for a number of years through her own business known as The Dilly Bag Bush Tucker Products and Learning Programs which she set up in 2000 with nothing more than a few dollars and a little dream. 

Today, Dale’s expertise as a Bush Tucker Chef is greatly sought after - to lecture and demonstrate her special melange of ancient Australian foods and contemporary cuisine in her own unique Indigenous style. In October 2004, and again in January/February 2006, Dale was invited to the French Riviera [the Nice College of Hospitality] to teach the French to cook using our own native bush tucker products and to impart some of her Indigenous cooking techniques and recipes.

As a chef and teacher with Aboriginal roots, Dale’s goal is not only to introduce these unique foods and tastes to the public but also to re-introduce her People to using bush tucker again.

Dale considers traditional food to be an effective weapon in the fight against heart disease and diabetes, 2 of the major health problems affecting many Aboriginal people today. 

Dale conducts numerous Bush Tucker Workshops and Training Sessions as and when required - just use the "Workshops" page on this site to communicate your needs. The workshops are designed for the participants to become aware of the unique array of flavours and textures of bush tucker and how easy it is today to incorporate in our daily lives.


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