BSSC Kitchen Challenge - Changing lives through the power of food

By Bendigo Senior Secondary College

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Many students at Bendigo Senior Secondary College face challenges in their lives that can make it hard for them to engage in their studies or be the very best they can be. For some, it’s depression or anxiety, for newly arrived refugees it can be barriers of language or trauma, for others it can be social disadvantage or financial stresses.

International chef, Rob Rees MBE, has run programs both in Australia and abroad that change the lives of young people through the power of good food.

Rob’s BSSC Kitchen Challenge will

  • Improve access to and choices of good wholesome food for young Bendigonians and their families
  • Empower more young people with challenges in their lives into meaningful pathways for education and employment
  • Motivate young people to take part in cooking and see its benefits to better wealth, health and knowledge
  • Connect young people to their communities through local food producers, restaurants and charitable food organisations.

A group of students from varied social and ethnic backgrounds will be chosen to work alongside current VET Hospitality students to create a truly inclusive Kitchen Challenge.

Rob Rees has actively campaigned on education, public health and consumer issues for many years. Alongside Jamie Oliver he has been the driving force for improvements in school food as Chairman of the Childrens Food Trust.

"I remain committed to reducing inequalities around the globe. Food has an amazing power to change lives and encourage people to do be their best."
Rob Rees

Running over a period of eight weeks, the BSSC Kitchen Challenge will culminate with students preparing a formal sit-down dinner for well-known chefs from the Bendigo restaurant scene, and invited guests who have supported the fundraising campaign

yes, that could be you!

Your support will provide a group of 10 students with an opportunity that, at the very least, will build confidence and life skills, but could transform their future life direction. Please help us to make this happen.

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