Our Melbourne CBD restaurants are turning up the HEAT

  • Local Matters

Through Local Matters, our Melbourne CBD restaurants have been working closely with Melbourne City Mission to help tackle homelessness.

Melbourne City Mission run a youth engagement program, HEAT, which offers young people the opportunity to complete a Certificate Two in Hospitality Operations. Their primary goal is to provide disengaged young people with the skills and experience to prepare them for employment in the hospitality industry. 

On Friday the 31st of March the HEAT students, alongside chefs Guy Grossi and Arnold Greiner, will be showing off their skills by cooking a three course meal for up to 300 community members, including those who are struggling with homelessness. The event, which will be kicking off the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, aims to highlight the issues surrounding homelessness and disengagement. 

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Sarah Mikhail, Manager at Grill'd Southgate, hanging with the HEAT crew at Grill'd Flinders Lane.

In the lead up to the lunch, and throughout the month of February, The HEAT training program will be featured on the Local Matters jars in all seven Melbourne CBD restaurants with the hopes of taking out $300 in each restaurant, giving them a total donation of $2,100! Not to mention, a few Grill’d restaurant managers will be lending the HEAT students a helping hand in the kitchen on the day. 

You too can help out by shouting someone experiencing homelessness a seat at the lunch here. Alternatively pop down to Grill’d during the month of February and pop your token in HEAT’s jar to help them win the $2,100.