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Clink Charity returns from Rio

Clink Charity returns from Rio

The Clink Charity joined more than 45 chefs from all over the world when they visited the revolutionary Refettorio Gastromotiva restaurant in Rio recently.

Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, and Paul Clarkson, head chef of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton in London, were invited to cook alongside some of the biggest names in the culinary world as part of a social enterprise launching in the carnival capital.

The Refettorio Gastromotiva initiative is the brainchild of distinguished chefs Massimo Bottura and David Hertz along with journalist Ale Forbes. The restaurant has been brought to Rio de Janeiro, host city of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, to help fight against food wastage, malnutrition and social exclusion. The restaurant, which is based in the art-filled Lapa neighbourhood of Rio, is a multi-functional space with seating for up to 105 diners.

Speaking of the trip to Rio, Chris Moore said: “Considering a third of all food produced in the world goes to waste and yet millions of people the globe over go to bed hungry every night, we were eager to support the restaurant in whichever way we could and were utterly delighted to be invited to help drive the initiative. It is a huge opportunity for us to learn from this incredible project, take the message of The Clink Charity transatlantic and experience first-hand the incredible skill of legendary chef Massimo Bottura. As a charity and as a hospitality business we always look to work in collaboration with other likeminded organisations and Refettorio Gastromotiva, like The Clink, works tirelessly to change lives for the better.”

The initiative delivered a three-course dinner every evening for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Now the games have concluded, the restaurant aspires to keep going. It will rely heavily on donations to fund the upmarket modern-day soup kitchen that opens in the evenings, providing a three-course dinner for the homeless and poverty stricken community of Rio de Janeiro. Dishes are created using surplus fresh ingredients, that are still good for consumption, and that would otherwise have been discarded by suppliers.

Whilst in Rio, The Clink Charity team also visited the British House, which was the home of the Team GB athletes and British media throughout the Olympics, for a press conference alongside the team from Refettorio Gastromotiva. This was an opportunity for the two initiatives to come together and explain what they are doing to help society through food.

About The Clink Charity

The Clink Charity represents a genuine opportunity for change. Each prisoner who works in a Clink Restaurant studies for accredited NVQs in food preparation, food service and cleaning. Whilst working in a Clink Restaurant prisoners gain experience within an exciting, operational business and receive in-depth guidance to find full-time employment within the hospitality industry upon release.

The Clink Prisoner Training Projects:

  • The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down, Surrey – opened May 2009
  • The Clink Gardens at HMP High Down, Surrey – launched June 2012
  • The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff, Wales – opened September 2012
  • The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton, London – opened February 2014
  • The Clink Gardens at HMP Send, Surrey – launched June 2014
  • Clink Events – launched October 2014
  • The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal, Cheshire – opened April 2015

To find out more about Refettorio Gastromotiva and to support the project go to www.refettoriogastromotiva.org.

To find out more about The Clink Charity and its prisoner training projects, visit www.theclinkcharity.org.

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