Good luck to Skillet, an amazing pop-up enterprise that is launching today.
This is a new programme where unemployed, Dublin inner-city youth get the opportunity to host their own pop-up restaurant in the magnificent environs of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. In the process, they will also be learning from the very best of the best in the Dublin food industry. Not only will they be learning from the greatest chefs in the city, but they will also be trained on how to do flawless front of the house, be schooled on how to pick the perfect green papaya at an Asian market, and how to serve and appreciate the finest cheese. In the process they will also experience the thrill of working as a team, being creative and getting a job well done.
Unemployment is a problem that affects 28% of the young people in Ireland today. SKILLET recruits from a number of organisations that are addressing this problem, including temporary shelters, youth outreach programs at at the YMCA, and initiatives like Care After Prison. We hope that SKILLET may be able to expose unemployed youth to opportunities that they may not have otherwise had.
With mentoring from some of the country’s finest restaurant alum, including Tommy Bergin, Caroline Byrne, Aoife Carrigy, Mei Chin, Claire Hanley, Maria Kelly, Ella Kennedy, Declan Maxwell and Anthony O’Toole, this is something that is going to change the lives of those who are a part of it, and we think they are amazing. Follow Skillet’s progress at their Facebook page, and find out how you can donate cash to keep this initiative going.