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Harajuku Kitchen in Edinburgh get on board as new Wonder partner!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Exciting news for us here at Wonder as we welcome Harajuku Kitchen as a Wonder partner. The decision for the Edinburgh-based authentic Japanese restaurant to partner with Wonder was inspired by co-owner Chef Kaori Tsuji Simpson's trip to the Philippines where she visited our partner school, the Manila Institute for Culinary Arts and Residential Services (MICARS), earlier this year.

Students of MICARS; alumni working in hospitality and catering; as well as school patrons and directors, were treated to a masterclass in dashi stock and sushi and sashimi preparation. 

Over 40 people enjoyed Chef Kaori's demonstration of three types of dashi (cooking stock), prepared sushi and slicing of sashimi. 

The following day, Chef Kaori delivered a similar master class to the chefs, kitchen staff, and trainees of Nishijin, the Japanese restaurant of the Palms Country Club, located in Muntinlupa City. The prestigious Palms Country Club is an industry partner of Anihan Technical School, another Wonder Foundation partner, and many Anihan graduates have moved into covetable jobs there following their studies.  

Chef Kaori was impressed with the work Wonder is undertaking to provide young women with the training and education needed to secure professional employment in the hospitality industry and was delighted to be able to share her skills with the students: “I was so happy to be able to share my skills with the Anihan and MICARS students. You can see that they have a real appetite for learning and seeing how their culinary training changes their lives and empowers them is so impressive.”

The Harajuku Kitchen is giving people the opportunity to donate to Wonder through their collection boxes, which you can find near their till at the restaurant and Sunday market stall. Donations will go towards scholarships for vocational training for young women in the Philippines, which will eventually lead to secure employment in the hospitality sector and a future these students can look forward to where they are able to transform both their families' and their own lives for good!

Find out more about our work in the Philippines

Becoming a Wonder business partner