Moving away from home for the first time is tough.  When you add the additional challenge of moving to a different country, with a different culture in an unfamiliar environment, it makes the transition even more confronting for young students!   I should know, in October 2009 I left the comforts of my family home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and travelled to Melbourne where I was to commence my studies at Trinity College and the University of Melbourne!

One of the biggest challenges facing many young students coming to study in Melbourne for the first time are the simple tasks of independent living and especially cooking for yourself!  While many students that I’ve met over the years have had some experience in the kitchen before leaving home, an equal (or even greater) number have never ventured into the kitchen in their teenage years, and for them the sudden…

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