STREAT is a not-for-profit social enterprise. It provides hospitality training to homeless youth aged between 16 and 24.
STREAT serves high quality coffee and street food to foot traffic – from a food cart. Over an intensive six-month period, young participants work two days a week with STREAT mentors behind the coffee machine and in the kitchen.
They also attend a William Angliss Institute hospitality course and undertake social skills training.
Co-founder and CEO Rebecca Scott began planning the STREAT programme in 2009, while working with a social enterprise youth café in Hanoi. In Melbourne, she started with:
“a very lonely little food cart in Federation Square – it would constantly be pissing with rain (!).”
Today STREAT has a second cart in Melbourne Central, and cafés in the CBD and Flemington.
Rob Auger, who at one stage of his life worked at the Michelin-starred Château Neercanne in the Netherlands, joined STREAT in 2010,
“after falling in love with Melbourne (and one of its inhabitants)”
It seems customers have low expectations of food from a cart but comments are frequently:
“Actually, it’s really good!”
STREAT isn’t a job placement agency, its a program that helps young graduates move onto real industry jobs’.
STREAT’s existing sites are now financially self-sustainable and taking an average of 60 students a year. Scott and Auger are aiming to train 100 kids a year by 2015. It’s a great cause, so buy the book, raise a cup, and lend your fork in support.
Approximately 70 percent of ex-students are still working in the hospitality industry while others have gone onto university, using hospitality work to fund further study. Rob says:
“For us it’s about providing stability – a proper base work ethic – so these kids can leap off into any career they want.”
STREAT has developed a 160-page cookbook featuring a combination of Auger’s street food recipes – many of which have an Asian bent – along with the signature dishes and personal stories from their fifth class of trainees.
You can buy the book: STREAT Cookbook – $45.00