Friends Of STREAT

Friends Of STREAT

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Hopetoun Tea Rooms, proudly presents and supports the latest edition from Smudge Publishing - Friends of STREAT. We have participated in this book, along with many other iconic and famous venues. We also reveal the recipe of our famous Raspberry Swiss Roll - with pictures and instructions..

Every purchase helps donate valuable hours to supporting and training the Australian youth living on the streets

Over the last year an amazing collaborative cookbook project, called “Friends of STREAT”, has been gathering steam in the kitchens of some of Melbourne’s and Australia’s best chefs and restaurants.

Chefs like Rebecca Ng and Karen Baston of Magic Mountain and Cookie, Robin Wickens from the Royal Mail Hotel, Alla Wolf-Tasker AM from The Lake House, Joel Anderson from Hotel Windsor, Matt Lane of Mamasita, Adriano Zumbo of Zumbo, John McLeay and Noah Crowcroft of Red Spice Road, Shane Delia of Maha and many more. Andrew McConnell’s stunning ‘Earl Grey Ice Cream’ dish serves up a mouth-watering cover shot.

The legendary Jacques Reymond, the book's ambassador, wrote, “From my young days in France, hungry and poor and working shift after shift to survive, I can relate to today’s troubled and homeless youth – and just say thank goodness for people like Rebecca Scott and all the team at her rapidly expanding non-profit STREAT.”

Scott, recently named Victoria’s Local Hero for 2016, led the project which has now produced an absolutely brilliant 320+ page, hard-cover cookbook. It features the recipes and heart-warming home stories of all 45 chefs and the heart-breaking stories of five amazing young people who have rebuilt their lives through the STREAT program. The book is dedicated to those five and the many hundreds more that have been helped by STREAT.

STREAT is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that empowers disadvantaged and homeless youth through life-skills support and vocational training in the hospitality industry. From very humble beginnings in 2010 STREAT now operates five cafes and catering and coffee roasting businesses.

The purchases of its now over 1.25 million customers have funded 38,000 hours of training and support and helped keep over 450 young people off Melbourne’s streets. Each cookbook sold will fund another 30 minutes! The book is a major fundraiser for STREAT’s huge new training centre (and cafe, artisan bakery, roastery, catering kitchen and event space) in Collingwood, which will enable STREAT to double the current number of trainees in their programs – to 250 per year.

The project would not have succeeded without the fantastic talents and vision of Smudge Publishing, who conceived, designed and produced the book, and of STREAT’s major corporate partners: SEEK, Devondale, Brookfield Multiplex, Murray River Organics, Social Ventures Australia and the GPT Group – who collectively pre-purchased 2100 customised copies sight unseen!

Have a Sneak Peak inside the book - with Index and Table of Contents


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