‘Shared Kitchen’ a boost for aspiring chefs

Hakim Hayat

Shared Kitchen, a space for local food and beverages (F&B) businesses to rent out at the Youth Centre in the capital was officially launched last evening, paving the way for more local aspiring chefs to prepare their creations in a space equipped with the latest equipment and standards.

Shared Kitchen, previously known as the Youth Kitchen was primarily used by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charity groups for cooking and it was recently revamped through a collaboration between the Youth and Sports Department with DARe (Darussalam Enterprise), with Agribiz Group appointed to operate the facility.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin launched the revamped Shared Kitchen last night. He took a closer look at four local chefs preparing dishes in the kitchen for a special event – Under the Star Dine-in Experience at THECAFETERIA of the Youth Centre.

The kitchen’s central cooking area is approximately 7,500 feet by 10,375 feet and is available for use 24 hours with a capacity of 15 people at one time. It houses eight stoves – four which utilise high-pressure burners – and eight ovens. The kitchen also has an accompanying store and changing rooms.

The kitchen is part of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ (MCYS) efforts to provide more facilities for young local entrepreneurs, especially in enabling them to meet F&B regulations including in Halal certifications.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin takes a closer look at the dishes prepared. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT