15th May 2014
Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant Charcoal Lane has gained recognition, featuring on ABC's Radio National’s First Bite program and being awarded a Diner's Choice award.
 
A Melbourne restaurant by day and night, Charcoal Lane also operates as a Mission Australia program providing support, and on-the-job hospitality industry skills and training for Aboriginal youth.
 
Radio National Presenter Michael McKenzie visited the Gertrude Street eatery and sampled the new menu while chatting with trainees and Head Chef Greg Hampton.
 
The interview gave Greg an opportunity to speak about his innovative menu that has been designed to introduce diners to traditional native Australian ingredients including finger lime, crocodile and quandong.
 
The program also focused on our unique traineeship program, with some insights into how working at Charcoal Lane helps many to feel more connected to and take pride their Aboriginal heritage.

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