La Porte des Indes has joined hands with Mastara Chef to help fund, support and train aspiring young people in the UK to become chefs.
Mastara Chef is an wonderful idea that has been conceived by the Asian Restaurant Skills Boards (ARSB), a group of London’s leading restaurateurs and chefs, formed last year to attract new local talent through college courses, work experience placements and apprenticeships. The initiative is backed by the government to match the growing demands for skills and talent in the Asian hospitality sector. It also provides young people with an exciting and rewarding career path.
The course provided under this initiative is NVQ Level 2 in Indian and Asian Cuisine followed by further education (one year course) that covers Indian, Sri-Lankan, Nepalese, Chinese and Thai dishes. A Junior Chefs Academy in Asian Cuisine is also to be launched and will be aimed at year 10 and 11 school pupils (aged between 14 – 16 years).
In support, La Porte des Indes organized a charity event and invited the public to a fabulous evening of Indian Wines and Canapes at its restaurant on the 4th of June, 2013. Hosted by General Manager, Sherin Alexander, the occasion wowed wine lovers with a selection of award-winning and eclectic wines from the Indian subcontinent’s leading vineyards, Ritu and Grover.
To compliment them, Chef Mehernosh Mody dished up a selection of delicious Indian canapés that were served during an auction that helped raise £2000 for the Mastara Chef project. Our charity event was attended by Rt. Hon. Don Foster MP, Minister for Integration at the Department of Communities and Local Government, who spoke on the Government’s commitment to supporting the Asian cuisine industry.