Water Tower Culinary Training Center
Empowering youth at risk with skills to build their future
The project is to establish an industrial sized, fully equipped kitchen that will function as an exemplary culinary education center with state of the art food manufacturing capabilities. It will employ 40 at-risk youth each year in a cooking school, thereby giving at-risk teenagers the skills and support to enable them to return to mainstream education or move into employment.
The program will deliver professional training in the culinary arts (and related business aspects), psycho-social intervention, as well as offering participants the opportunity to complete their studies. Failure to meaningfully intervene in the lives of at-risk youth perpetuates the risk to their emotional and physical well-being. Empowering and enabling them to build a future will help them to avoid possible incarceration and self-harm, and benefit wider society too.
The current educational kitchen needs to be remodeled and expanded to become an industrial level kitchen, suitable for commercial food manufacturing. There are also plans to renovate and design the space inside the adjacent historic water tower to accommodate an Ottolenghi- inspired restaurant.
The requested donation for the project is $850,000, which will be matched by the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and enable to project to become self-sustaining.