The first of a series of planned dinners to help provide hospitality skills and jobs pathways for disadvantaged youth was held in Shepparton last week.
Thirty invited guests enjoyed a three-course meal prepared by Berry Street students at the first Cooking For a Better Future Dinner at the The Connection, on Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway, on Thursday evening.
Cooking For a Better Future is an idea developed by Wanganui Park Secondary College student Sebastian Wright and a team of fellow students as part of the Big Idea Project.
Project mentor Derek Poulton said Mr Wright’s aim was to provide work experience in the restaurant trade for disadvantaged young people in Shepparton.
‘‘From his idea, partnerships have now been developed between The Connection, Berry St, Wanganui students and (environmental group) Slap Tomorrow,’’ Mr Poulton said.
Berry St students prepared Thursday night’s food under the guidance of restaurateur and The Connection manager Felicia Dean.
Mr Poulton said further dinners were planned this year with entertainment such as music, theatre and poetry at each.
‘‘In the future there may be an opportunity for businesses and corporations to support this idea by requesting a dinner for your staff through Cooking For a Better Future,’’ Mr Poulton said.
For more information about the Cooking For a Better Future program email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Mr Poulton on 58254112.