Dishing up free meals for hospitality workers

Local restaurants around Perth are winning friends by offering free meals to hospitality workers through the #Hospo4Hospo program.

Thousands of hospitality workers have lost their jobs due to isolation measures put in place by the government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Sauma restaurant in Perth and Young George Bar and Kitchen in Fremantle are two of the restaurants taking part.

Porkstars, part of Australian Pork, will share the burden of cost with local restaurants to supply the free meals.

Owner and head chef of Sauma Gurps Bagga says he and his wife came up with the idea.

Gurps Bagga and his team ready to cook for their fellow hospitality workers. Photo: Supplied

“We were going to do something anyway to help out but we were not sure how.”          

Mr Bagga says he thought it would be sad for people who serve meals to millions of others to go hungry at night.

“So we thought let’s start something, whatever we can to help out.”

“One thing lead to another and then Porkstars initially kicked off with us.

“We wanted to do something and they wanted to do something and from there we started #Hospo4Hospo.

“We are doing our part to help out,” he says.

Co-owner and head chef of Young George Bar and Kitchen Melissa Palinkas says her kitchen will supply 100 free meals.

“First in first served, for two hours,” she says.

“I can confirm that I will be doing another one but not next week, the week after.

Fins Seafood will be donating the food,” she says.

“So anybody who is in hospitality can come down here and say they’re here for the #Hospo4Hospo meal and we will give them a free meal.”