Teach Learn Grow: Perth’s best chefs chip in for disadvantaged youth


Denis Boulet, Bernard Staggl and Adrian Tobin. Picture: Jon Hewson
Denis Boulet, Bernard Staggl and Adrian Tobin. Picture: Jon Hewson

A FIVE-course fundraiser headed up by some of Perth’s best chefs will boost resources in rural WA for disadvantaged youth through program Teach Learn Grow.

Teach Learn Grow is made up of two programs run side-by-side biannually to sustain the learning of students.

Both programs follow Australian Curriculum mathematics outcomes as taught by their teacher and every student is paired with a tutor.

The programs are designed to provide extra individual support before students transition to high school.

Hosted at the South East Metropolitan Tafe in Bentley, chefs Neale Jackson, Denis Boulet and Adrian Tobin will plate up a uniquely WA menu this month for a crowd of likeminded chefs who meet quarterly to raise money and eat local.

Titled the Chef’s Club, founder Adrian Tobin discovered the Teach Learn Grow initiative when his 19-year-old daughter said she was going to participate as a tutor.

“My daughter talked to me about the project, and we thought it would be a great one for Chef’s Club to get behind, pool our talents and resources in order to raise their profile,” he said.

“The fact that we can make a significant contribution to community based projects such as Teach Learn Grow is a strong reason to get together.”

Teach Learn Grow chief executive Travis Ricciardo said the money raised from the chefs would go directly towards enabling kids in rural WA to receive high quality one-on-one tutoring from top university students.

“These programs have been a huge success, and in just five years, more than 2000 tutors have participated in programs in over 20 rural towns across the state, providing a total of more than 50 000 hours of tutoring for free,” he said.

“Some of the children who were a part of this program as primary students for the first time in 2011 are set to start university next year.

“Every $100 raised allows a primary school student to receive 10 hours of free tutoring from some of Perth’s most gifted university students. Compare that with the $50 per hour cost of private tutoring in Perth. These kids are in some of the most remote parts of the state too so it’s a really lean and effective initiative.”