Food is loaded with connotations – it can evoke nostalgia, be symbolic of a specific cultural space, or give you an understanding of a time and place you’ve never experienced.

Charcoal Lane’s head chef Greg Hampton thinks that food can not only help us better understand the country in which we live, but it can be a conduit for education and economic opportunity.

In the video above, Hampton explains how Charcoal Lane seeks to teach diners about native Australian ingredients, while also providing long-term, sustainable employment for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“There’s a common love of food across all nations,” Hampton says. “It’s a great way for people to showcase their culture, bring people together and transcend difference.”

This video is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with VISA, who are connecting you to the Broadsheet Kitchen. Visa are proud to be supporting the up-and-coming culinary talent of Australia, working towards the future of dining.