Gastromotiva seeks to address social inequity and transform the lives of Brazil’s youth by preparing them for a career in the culinary industry.
Gastromotiva is a Brazilian social enterprise that utilizes vocational culinary training to foster inclusive growth and to create economic opportunities for youth in Brazil. Gastromotiva trains socially vulnerable and economically disadvantaged individuals interested in entering the food services industry. Gastromotiva’s programs address an important skills gap for restaurants in Brazil who pay Gastromotiva to be able to hire program graduates, providing revenues to support the organizations’ programs. Since 2007, the program has trained around 3,000 youth through partnerships with Universities and restaurants in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador do Bahia, with around 80% of graduates gaining employment within 12 months. In 2016, Gastromotiva expanded to Mexico.
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Vocational Kitchen Training
The free training offered is approximately 3 months long, but shorter courses are offered. Students learn basic cooking, confectionery, baking techniques and “eco-gastronomy”. Courses also include citizenship classes focusing on the personal development of the students, food hygiene and safety classes, as well as professional posture skills. To help trainees secure employment after the training, Gastromotiva maintains a network of over 100 restaurant partners who pay up to 225 reais a month to access graduates of the program as potential employees and to strengthen their social responsibility.
Community Action Programs (CAPs)
Through the CAP, Gastromotiva’s students become multipliers, and apply the knowledge they acquired during their training to contribute to the transformation and education of their communities on issues such as nutrition, food waste and wellbeing, particularly through the dissemination and promotion of good practices. Since its creation, the students’ projects have reached over 100,000 families (children between 0 and 10 years old and their caretakers) across communities in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador do Bahia and Curitiba.
Food Entrepreneur Classes
The program combines technical and entrepreneurial training, with a main focus on confectionery and bread making, to empower low-income entrepreneurs and help them to start their sustainable micro enterprises in their own communities. This in turn increases income and employment for the entrepreneurs and their communities. Since its inception in 2015, the program has helped more than 200 food entrepreneurs launch their business.
Launched in 2016, during the Rio Olympic games, Refettorio Gastromotiva is a food waste restaurantschool where invited guest chefs and young talents from Gastromotiva use their creativity and knowledge to transform food surplus into delicious healthy meals for people in need. Through the concept ‘pay a meal and leave a meal’, corporate events and workshops, as well as a line food waste products, the Refettorio Gastromotiva aims to sustain itself and become the social business arm of Gastromotiva, while serving as the first official Social Gastronomy Hub in Brazil.