Meir Panim recently launched a new and comprehensive Chef Training Program. The program consists of 20 at-risk teens from southern Israel and is designed to provide them with a working knowledge of the food industry. Everything from menu building, to seating arrangements, marketing plans, and of course food preparation, is covered over 20 sessions.
Last week, after a long hiatus due to the lockdown, the program was finally able to resume, marking the halfway point! The occasion was celebrated with a special ceremony coordinated by their instructor, Chef Miki Abu, and attended by the Mayor of Dimona, Director of the Welfare Department, Commissioner for Welfare and Social Services, and of course, Meir Panim’s staff.
Participants got to hear directly from the Mayor, who shared his excitement about the program and urged everyone to integrate the lessons they learn into relevant professions in the city. One teen in the program has already started working at a local restaurant and is applying the skills he has learned!
Afterward, everyone sat down at a table filled with stir-fried meats and skewers, which had been prepared and plated by participants in the day’s lesson. We are so proud of all our teens and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!