Scarf runs one or two Tasting Plate programs per year offering participants a “taste” of hospitality and the opportunity to gain paid work experience in a great Melbourne restaurant. Each Tasting Plate program provides 16 trainee positions, for young people from refugee or migrant backgrounds and young people seeking protection. 

This photo album from our most recent Tasting Plate (run with support from the Inner North Community Foundation) will give you a good idea of the program! 

Tasting Plate is a 3-day intensive program which includes a bunch of awesome, hands-on hospitality and job readiness sessions, allowing participants to grow their knowledge, skills and networks. Recent Tasting Plate programs have run at Two Birds Brewing and The Rochey, with paid work experience opportunities during 'Pop Up' Scarf Dinners at Ladro and Copper Pot Seddon.

During Tasting Plate, trainees will:

  • Learn basic hospitality service skills (including how to carry three plates, take orders, follow an order of service, set tables and carry wine glasses)
  • Learn bar basics (learn about different types of alcohol, how to pour wine, etc)
  • Take part in ‘customer service confidence’ training
  • Complete their RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certification 
  • Learn how to write a resume for hospitality jobs
  • Practice their interview techniques with real hospitality managers
  • Take part in a ‘Work Rights in Australia’ workshop

Once they've completed the three days of training, Tasting Plate graduates are given the opportunity to put their new skills into practice, with paid work experience during one or two ‘Pop Up’ Scarf Dinners. This experience, and a reference, can be added to their new resumes which have been created during the program, allowing graduates to showcase recent, local work experience.

Graduates of Tasting Plate are also welcome to apply for our 10-week seasonal programs should they wish to gain further training and paid work experience with Scarf.


Interested in applying for Tasting Plate?

Our next Tasting Plate program will run in partnership with Melbourne Womens Fund. Find out more information about this here. Pending COVID restrictions, we hope to run this program in late 2020 or early 2021. If you would like to receive information about the Tasting Plate trainee intake, sign up here..

Cover image: Tasting Plate '19 trainees at The Rochey. Photographer: Roger Ungers