Not everybody is fortunate enough to have a place to call home – a roof over their head or even a hot meal each day.
Popular restaurant and bar George’s, which is co-owned by United legend Ryan Giggs, has been helping the homeless this month by inviting volunteers from homeless charity the Booth Centre into its kitchen as part of their catering training programme.
The programme encourages homeless people to develop new skills and confidence to help them get work in the catering industry.
The partnership between George’s and the Booth Centre first started through the Foodinate scheme.
Every time you choose a meal from the menu marked with the Foodinate logo at a participating restaurant, another meal is donated to someone in need – paid for by the restaurant.
At George’s, the dishes are the Spring Pea Soup starter, the Chalk Stream Trout and Duck Egg main course, and the Crème Brulee dessert.
George’s has also opened up its kitchen to four service users from the Booth Centre to offer them some valuable hands-on experience of working life in a restaurant.
Urbanus Kinuthir and Megos Haile, who both volunteer in the kitchen at the Booth Centre, joined George’s head chef Joe McLeod preparing the Foodinate meals for other Booth Centre visitors to enjoy.
Learning everything from how to fillet and debone a trout, to making their own citrus mayonnaise, and even creating a pea soup from scratch, the volunteers enjoyed a full day of expert training and advice from the kitchen team.
Booth Centre kitchen supervisor Barry, who accompanied the volunteers on their recent visit to George’s, said: “It was great to be able to visit George’s, see how their kitchen works and the efforts behind preparing their Foodinate dishes. Urbanus and Megos did a fantastic job and I was more than happy to sample their creations!”
George’s co-owner Ryan Giggs said: “The guys did a great job in the kitchen today. We know where to look when we’re next recruiting!”