Amigos fundraiser offers chance to experience restaurant work

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Young people are taking over Amigos in Cromwell to raise funds for the Cromwell Youth Trust.

Lead youth worker Rhys Smith said the trust developed and implemented a wide variety of services and programmes for youth.

“One of these services is the development and implementation of programmes that aim to provide youth the opportunity to develop a completely new skill or increase their knowledge of a skill already known.”

The latest programme was called “Cooking Up a Storm” with hands-on lessons from experienced chefs and food industry experts, he said.

People who booked at Amigos, Cromwell, on Wednesday, September 4, and Thursday, September 5, would find their meals delivered by participants of the programme, helped by Amigos staff, Mr Smith said.

“Taking Over Amigos is also the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for Cromwell Youth Trust with funds raised going back into the youth service to continue running these programmes.”

Amigos managing director James Emanuel said Taking over Amigos had been running since 2008 at Amigos, Wanaka, proceeds going to local youth group Kahu Youth Trust, raising about $30,000 to date.

This was the first time the concept had been expanded to the Cromwell restaurant.

Giving young people an insight into the hospitality industry was one of the aims.

“It will show them that the industry is fast-paced, engaging and an accessible option for school leavers. It will also give them an opportunity to engage face to face with clients, which can often be the most daunting part of ‘coal face’ hospitality.”

The young people would learn how take orders, carry plates and drinks, clear tables, stack for sanitising and how to enter orders into a point-of-sale system.

Half of the turnover from tables they served would be donated to the trust, Mr Emanuel said.