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Temple & Webster on World Day for Cultural Diversity

At Temple & Webster, we are committed to ensuring a safe, inclusive and diverse workplace; and with Tempsters hailing from all corners of the globe, our team brings together a richness of cultures that we are proud to celebrate. On World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we celebrated big with a feast of home-cooked food from around the world, embracing the opportunity to learn more about each other's multicultural backgrounds with music, games and a showcase of traditional dress. Check out a recap of the festivities below, alongside recipes for the delicious dishes members of the T&W team hold close to their hearts.

India: Bhavisha, Customer Care Consultant

Indian people love to host guests and celebrate special occasions with much enthusiasm, and Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani is one of those special-occasion dishes. Biryani isn't something that can be whipped up quickly; there is a precise and long cooking process, but when prepared well, biryani is nothing short of a work of art. 

A woman wearing a traditional Indian saree serves a big platter of chicken biryani

Greece: Despina, Chief Photographer

My Giagia (grandma) used to make Pastitsio for us as children, and I always remember eating it straight out of the hot oven and burning the roof of my mouth. I never learned my lesson—it was just too hard waiting for it to cool down. 

A tray full of Canadian butter tarts

Canada: Bayley, Junior Business Development Manager

I grew up just outside of Toronto, Ontario, and I always remember picking up Butter Tarts from a local bakery on our way to our cottage. They are made with a rustic-style pastry and filled with a maple syrup caramel mixture.  

A tray full of coronation chicken sandwiches with lots of mini British flags stuck in on top

UK: Billie, People & Culture Manager

My Mum is from the UK, and my Dad is Dutch. I'm sharing Coronation Chicken Sandwiches because who doesn't love a finger sandwich? Plus, it's the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year! 

A woman holds a full platter of Chilean empanadas

Chile: Carmen, Category Manager

I’ve brought Chilean beef and cheese empanadas and doughnuts with cream and dulce de leche. These are favourites from my childhood, and I remember how much I enjoyed helping my mum make empanadas and how much effort goes into these delicious parcels. 

A women serving spaghetti bolognese from a large tray using tongs

Italy: Alana, Junior Account Manager

I’ve brought pasta bolognese because it has been a popular dish growing up in my family and reminds me of my Italian Grandmother's house and her amazing cooking. She is 87 this year and still cooks every day for our family. This dish has been made to her recipe and passed down from generation to generation. 


USA: Kelly, Private Label Junior Buyer

I was born and raised in Boston, USA. They say all Bostonians are a little bit Irish, and I can confirm it's true - my red hair is not so unique when I'm back home. Mac and Cheese is my comfort food because Boston is freezing most of the year, so you need something warm and gooey to keep you warm from the inside. The addition of breadcrumbs on top is not so traditional, but I consider it a must! 

A woman wearing traditional Vietnamese dress holding a large tray of fried Vietnamese spring rolls

Vietnam: Han, Purchasing Officer

Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls are a staple at gatherings like Tet and Lunar New Year, and most of my childhood was about looking forward to eating these.  Despite my grandparents coming from a poor background, they always wanted to indulge us grandkids with the sweetest dessert of Black Bean Soup. I remember eating this with my cousins at my Grandma's on hot summer days after tireless runs across paddy fields. Although I'm now able to make this myself, my black bean soup will never be as sweet and refreshing as Grandma's. 


India: Preeti, Technology Architect

Punjab, India has one of the most vibrant cultures in the world and is known for its heartwarming and hospitable nature. Afternoon tea with friends and family is incomplete without Punjabi Samosas, and this dish is a reminder of beautiful memories.
Natalie Mell 27 May, 2022

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