Every Holi and Diwali, Aruna Gandhi has a crowd in her kitchen - but she wasn't used to the size of the audience she received on Saturday.
Ms Gandhi was the first of five Border cooks to share a recipe close to her heart and culture for Murray Art Museum Albury's SIMMER exhibition.
The former president of the Albury-Wodonga Indian Australian Association stepped participants through the process of cooking gujiya, a traditional, sweet Indian pastry particularly popular at festivals.
"It is prepared in almost all parts of India," she said.
"I was 14 when I started making it with my Mum."
But it will not only be Border locals appreciating Ms Gandhi's cooking; the ABC program Art Works was filming Saturday's demonstration.
"I wanted to share it, so people could learn," she said.
"I have been here for 30 years; I am truly a local now."
Recipe demonstrations, belong to cuisines including Congolese and Venezuela, will be occurring weekly until February.
SIMMER curator Nanette Orly said it was important to her to include local cooks in the exhibition, which "considers how food can bring us together, break down barriers and open us up to new experiences".
"This has been a passion project of mine; I love food and its potential to bring people together," she said.
"We have artworks with an international focus, as well as two Australian artists, and with these table sessions it was really important to me to have our local community as part of this exhibition.
"They can share a little bit about their stories and their favourite recipes."
The exhibition features traditional fermentation processes, videos expressing cultural connections with food and a selection of illustrations created by a retired Japanese soba chef.
Friday night's opening was busy and Ms Orly looked forward to the Border community getting involved.
"The artworks are a little bit humorous and they're light-hearted, but they're really focused on family, community and culture and I really wanted that to come through," she said.