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 & hotels including Sarong, Mama San, Hujan Locale, Tiger Palm, Som Chai, Metis, Alila and Marriott Group. The program is also supported by restaurant suppliers and founding partner 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 a manageable 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, Sarong Group and its partners send the children to well regarded hospitality colleges, cover their educational expenses and employ them in the restaurants as interns where they receive a viable salary ensuring they are able to support themselves. After graduation the students are offered an employment contract in these premium establishments and the income they receive brings permanent change to their families and communities.
The program has facilitated 42 Hospitality scholarships in Bali to date with another 20 expected to be added this year..
Food for Thought seeks to partner with any organisation in Bali’s Hospitality industry which share their vision. Please contact us to learn how to become a partner in the Food for Thought program.