Glasgow foodies have the chance to say Yes Chef!

Posted by / Thursday 25 February 2016 /

Action for Children Scotland’s Yes Chef event, now in its third year, will run at the Marriot Hotel on Friday May 6. Yes Chef is a fundraising event with a difference, seeing six men supported by the charity’s ‘Moving On’ project. To date it has raised over £36,000.

‘Moving On’ supports young males aged 16-21 who are in custody or have recently been liberated from HMYOI Polmont, HMP Greenock or HMP Friarton. The aim is to reduce the risk of re-offending and minimise the likelihood of the young people returning into custody. Upwards of 80 per cent of young men involved do not return to prison within two years, compared with a national average of 50-55 per cent.

The meal served at Yes Chef will be prepared by young men who prior to this programme had no experience in a professional kitchen. They are currently preparing for this culinary challenge by training in some of Glasgow’s best venues and restaurants – including the Tennant’s Training Academy and the Marriot Hotel.

In 2014, all six young men who took part were offered work placements in top Glasgow restaurants afterwards and last year one of the chefs was offered full-time employment after his work experience placement.

James Cantley, operational director of children’s services at Action for Children Scotland, said: “We have set this group of young men the challenge of preparing a top-end three course meal for 200 guests.

"Yes Chef is innovative because it gives the young people we support the chance to develop new skills and gain qualifications. Its success is partly down to the tremendous support we receive from local businesses and restaurants. It means a huge amount to the young men involved that they are willing to open their doors and give them a chance to prove themselves."

James Cantley, operational director of children’s services at Action for Children Scotland

Tables of ten cost £650 and individual seats also available at £65. To book your seat, simply email or call 0141 550 9024.

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