Transform Way You Look At Your Leftovers

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Cessnock City Council has proudly partnered with KitchenHand to launch the Cessnock Smarter Kitchens Challenge this April, a community initiative aimed at reducing food waste in households across the region.

Research conducted by Fight Food Waste CRC found that Australian households discard almost $20billion worth of food annually.

In an effort to tackle this alarming food waste issue at a local level, Council expanded its Less is More program by launching the Smarter Kitchens Program in September last year.

This innovative program harnesses the power of AI technology via KitchenHand to help local residents save time and money in the kitchen, while significantly reducing food waste.

The Smarter Kitchens Challenge will run for the month of April, and Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Jay Suvaal, is calling on residents to sign up, and take advantage of the free 12-month access to this food-saving platform.

“This collaboration combines Council’s commitment to sustainability with KitchenHand’s cutting-edge technology to empower residents to make meaningful changes in their kitchen,” said Clr Suvaal.

“The platform is easy to use – all you need to do is enter the food items and leftovers you have on hand and KitchenHand will share some delicious recipe options.

“Participants will learn how to creatively use leftovers and minimise food waste, and have the opportunity to win some great prizes on offer.”

To take part in the challenge, simply:

  • Sign up to Cessnock Smarter Kitchens at
  • Use the custom recipe tool to use ingredients you have on hand
  • Cook the recipe and take a photo
  • Mark the recipe as cooked and upload your photo to your KitchenHand account

Each week, Council will randomly select a prize winner to receive a Fridge Friend valued at $89.95, which absorbs ethylene, bacteria, mould, mildew and all the other nasties that make your produce spoil faster. At the end of the month, the person who cooks the most recipes and shares the finished creations to their KitchenHand account will also win a Fridge Friend.

To find out more about the Cessnock Smarter Kitchens Challenge, and other sustainability events taking place in 2024, visit:

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