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Young Gourmet aims to be a resource about food used by teenagers as they move from child to adult. By showing the integral part food plays in all our lives, we intend to help you make independent, informed choices. We think:

    • as teenagers, you are competent and capable of taking charge of what you eat

    • teenagers can be effective in the kitchen and create more than just muffins or biscuits on their own without hurting themselves or making a mess (well not such a big mess)

    • the media and cooking literature tends to focus on ‘cooking with kids’ or ‘cooking with mum’ which can appear patronising to someone who is nearing adulthood

    • we never assume that you prefer eating a burnt sausage in white bread whilst the adults eat "adult food" (but we do respect your right to eat what you think tastes good)

    • little time is dedicated in the middle school curriculum to growing, cooking and eating food or life-skills like how to budget and buy good food

    • we think you do want to broaden your knowledge about food and so you are interested in food in literature, food in art, food in history, food in anthropology, food in science, food as medicine or food culture

    • there seems to be an anecdotal shift in teenage attitudes about food - it is now ok to cook and ok to eat food that is good for you, which is why we love retail food outlets that sell 'real' food with lots of choices, that you can see being prepared in front of you

    • food tourism initiatives fail to provide for teenagers as a legitimate market

    • teenagers are over being told they are obese and get turned off by the emphasis on eating ‘nutrition’ rather than the enjoyment of eating ‘real good food’

So, if you are a teenager who is interested in food, where food comes from, how food is made, and lots more. Then Young Gourmet will answer your questions, encourage you to cook, hear what you say and publish your recipes, advice and opinions!


Young Gourmet is strongly committed to protecting your privacy. We want to provide a safe and secure on-line environment for young people using our services.

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to tell you what kind of information we may gather about you when you visit our site, how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to correct this information.

Collection of information
Information is collected so we can make it easier and better for you to access and use our site. You could be asked to provide information such as your name, email address or information about what you like and do not like. It is entirely your choice whether to respond to these questions or not.

Anonymous Information
Young Gourmet automatically gathers anonymous information to monitor the use of our website like the numbers and frequency of visitors. We will only use this data in aggregate form to help determine how much our visitors use parts of the site so we can improve the way our site works and our content. Young Gourmet may publish or provide this aggregate data to other people.

Personal Information
Young Gourmet will collect personal information that lets us know the specifics of who you are such as your name, age, email address, or postal address.

We may also ask about your interests, but it is your choice whether to respond. How much personal information you give us is completely up to you. The only way we know something about you personally is if you provide it to us.

    We may use this information to:

    • to contact you asking you to test or create recipes;
    • to contact you asking about food, cooking, or your habits;
    • to contact you asking for feedback and to complete surveys; and
    • to send you news about Young Gourmet.

Young Gourmet will only use the personal information you have chosen to provide us for the purpose for which you provided it. Young Gourmet will not use it for any other purpose without your parent/carer’s consent.

If you need more information about using the Internet safely, have a look here.

Whenever Young Gourmet requests personal information from children, we will also request contact details of a parent/carer in order to make them aware we have collected personal information, then ask them to confirm this information and request permission to use this information for the purpose it was collected.

Other Sites & Links
This site and our emails may contain links to other websites. Young Gourmet is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these websites. When we provide you with links in our emails, they may include a special tracking code allowing us to determine which content is most popular. We may share this data in aggregate form, but we will never share it in individual form.

We at Young Gourmet take the issue of safeguarding your privacy seriously. We will never share your information with other people or companies unless your parent/carer has given their permission, unless we are required to do so by law, to protect against misuse or unauthorised use of Young Gourmet or to protect the safety or property of you or the public.

No Sale Of Personal Information
Under no circumstances will Young Gourmet sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing your personal information.

Access And Correction Of Personal Data
If Young Gourmet holds your personal information Young Gourmet will, where possible, provide you with access to the information. Young Gourmet will take reasonable steps to correct the information so that it is accurate, complete and up to date. If you or your parent/carer wish to remove your personal information or correct it, please contact or telephone +61 414 678 816.

Complaints About Privacy
If you have any complaints relating to online privacy issues on our websites, please notify Young Gourmet at
and note, while Young Gourmet accepts no liability for any material or links posted to the service, we will investigate all complaints.

Changes To Young Gourmet Privacy Policy
If we decide to change the Young Gourmet Privacy Policy, we will post those changes here.

Young Gourmet complies with the Information Privacy Principles set out in the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988.

How To Contact Us
If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please feel free to send a letter to us at:

Young Gourmet
PO Box 137
Benalla VIC 3671



The words Young Gourmet and our logo are the registered trade mark of Young Gourmet Pty Ltd a company registered in Australia. That means you should not reproduce these words or our logo in some contexts without our express permission.

We also own the copyright to the content of this site, so be careful when you download or print stuff and make sure you acknowledge our rights as authors just like we acknowledge all the copyright of others including contributors to this site - like you.

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