Koto Hanoi (Know One, Teach One)
The concept of KOTO began on the streets of Hanoi in 1996 when an Australian Vietnamese man, Mr Jimmy Pham, asked a group of street kids what they wanted out of life. They simply replied, "we need skills so we can find stable jobs" and so the concept of KOTO was born.
KOTO has grown from a small sandwich shop in Hanoi to a 120-seat restaurant and an internationally accredited hospitality program that gives some very special young people the start in life that everyone deserves.
Today KOTO is recognised for its dynamic restaurant and its effective grassroots development project that is breaking the cycle of poverty amongst street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.
KOTO International supports the KOTO Hanoi Restaurant and KOTO Training Program by holding fund raising events in Australia and raising the profile of Vietnamese street and disadvantaged youth.
The young people in the KOTO program study hospitality skills and English, and take part in an essential life skills program. They gain practical skills working at the KOTO restaurant.
KOTO graduates complete the program as confident and capable young adults who are able to take control of their own lives. They are highly valued by the hospitality industry in Vietnam and many now work in top hotels and restaurants in Hanoi.
KOTO continues to grow and develop as many more street kids and disadvantaged youth pass through its doors and go onto successful careers. KOTO hopes to become a model that can be adopted elsewhere in Vietnam, Asia and in other countries in need.
KOTO Cooking Classes
Featuring recipes from KOTO, there are three menus and classes:
BBQs and Salads:easy flavor some dishes for casual summer
Strictly Vegetarianvegan, vegetable and tofu dishes
Traditional Ha Noi Foodintroduce you to some of Hanoi’s famous dishes
Each class includes an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine & ingredients and a demonstration of techniques in a “hands on” class, taught by English speaking Chef Trainers. At the end of the class enjoy the dishes you have prepared in the garden setting at Xuan Dieu with a local beer or fruit cocktail. Depart with recipes, notes, ideas and inspiration.
Cooking class menus:
BARBEQUES & SALADS
TRADITIONAL HA NOI FOOD