CC's Kitchen - Cecilia Diaz-Petersen with husband Greg, has built a sort after jam and chutney product that is made largely from local produce.
CC's Kitchen - Cecilia Diaz-Petersen with husband Greg, has built a sort after jam and chutney product that is made largely from local produce. Valerie Horton FRA190412ccs3

CC flies to Italy for a food culture exchange

IN THE summer of 2010 Cecilia Diaz-Petersen launched her lifetime passion of food into the Maryborough market.

Eight years later she is taking off to Italy to share the highs and lows of the paddock to plate concept.

What started off selling a few jars of pickles and jams at the markets sky-rocketed to what is well-known on the Fraser and Cooloola Coasts as CC's Kitchen.

When CC met Woolooga farmer Greg Petersen she didn't think it could get any better.

Together they have revived the rosella and want to share with the world the versatile ingredient that was looking at extinction.

As members of Slow Food Noosa, they became recipients of the Snail of Approval.

To become a recipient you have to produce good clean, fair and sustainable products which includes being fair to your workers and keeping a clean environment.

CC said they minimised waste by using imperfect produce in their product, growing things the old way - so picking produce when its ready to pick, and working with the community by collaborating with other local producers.

"The paddock to plate concept is not something you just hear it's actually what we live by here at the Petersen Farm - its our life - a day-to-day for us.

"Some of the product we have got here is so unique that they will only be available through CC's Kitchen."

As a recipient CC has been selected as one of six delegates who will fly to Italy in September.

"It's my first nomination and first time to Italy," CC said.

"This Slow Food movement is worldwide especially the one at Terra Madre which is where we are all going to congregate.

"This is about farmers and producers around the world who will meet and listen to stories, challenges, wins.

"I want to know what else is happening around the world, what can we learn from them, what difference do they make in their communities and what are their philosophies - and bring that back to Australia.

"I am sure we have got something to offer the world as well and we will come home full of beans."

CC will leave for Italy on September 16 to attend the conference and workshops on September 20-24.

Slow Food Noosa has not only paid for the return trip but will billet each delegate.

"We will be billeted to Italian families and will get to experience and live in their world - its very exciting," she said.

"I am just a girl living the dream that started with a market garden."