Food for Thought is a joint effort from several institutions in Bali’s Food and Beverages industry. Initiated by Will Meyrick, the founding chef of Sarong Group, the program involves well established restaurants including Sarong, Mama San, Hujan Locale, Tiger Palm, Metis and is supported by restaurant suppliers and local brands like Indowines.
The program concept arose from the recognition that tourism in Bali, one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations has unfortunately not shared the positive impact evenly throughout the island. There are many families in the remote rural communities who live in poverty with little or no recourse to income. Food for Thought aims to build the pathway for disadvantaged Balinese young adults, toward higher education and better employment opportunities in the F&B Industry. Will Meyrick the Street Food Chef believes that food does not recognise discrimination, therefore the F&B industry is the perfect vehicle toward the goals.
Collaborating with Bali Children Foundation which has been providing primary, secondary and tertiary scholarships to children in over 44 communities, Sarong Group and its partners send the children to well regarded universities, cover their educational expenses and employ them in the restaurants as part timers so they can earn some income to support their selves. After their higher education, the trainees work full time and hoped to bring a change into their families and communities.
Food for Thought seeks to partner with any organisation in Bali’s Food and Beverage industry which share the same vision. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.