A new social enterprise catering project, MRC Tas Catering has been launched by the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania. The initiative is providing practical kitchen skills and workplace experience to multicultural Tasmanian community members seeking work in the hospitality industry.
The project, which is funded by the Tasmanian Government and operates in Hobart and surrounding suburbs, offers the Tasmanian community authentic and delicious food with recipes sourced from local migrant communities, featuring Tasmanian produce.
The idea for MRC Tas Catering arose after migrants requested training in hospitality with the view of either seeking employment in the hospitality sector, or to start their own businesses.
The training focuses on kitchen hygiene and cleanliness, kitchen orientation and basic knife skills. Participants are offered training in small groups, with wrap-around support, including workplace English and vocabulary support for clients with English as a second language, education about workplace procedures and Workplace Health Safety, feedback on work performance, job references and links to external work and training opportunities.
In 2018, MRC Tas ran a series of cooking workshops with members of the Tasmanian migrant community to test and record their recipes. This resulted in a successful series of market stall popups selling delicious authentic food and offering participants the opportunity to sell their food to the public at events such as the Taste of Tasmania and Taste of the World Moonah Festival.
Catering is available for corporate meetings canapé functions and various events.
Find out about MRC Tas Catering.