Many Intrepid travellers have been introduced to the dining delights of KOTO Hanoi. Now such culinary pleasures, while supporting deserving young people, can also be had in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)!
Established in 1999, KOTO has grown from a small sandwich shop in Hanoi to an internationally accredited hospitality program. In January 2010, KOTO was able to replicate its successful Hanoi model with the opening of KOTO Saigon training centre and has recently celebrated the opening of a restaurant in HCMC. Same great service from trainees who prepare and serve the food. Plus a menu that celebrates local ingredients and utilises the international culinary techniques the trainees are learning, resulting in an array of innovative fusion dishes.
KOTO (Know One Teach One) is a free of charge vocational training organisation for street and disadvantaged youth, where 16 – 22 year olds are given hospitality, English language and life skills training, enabling them to get jobs and lift themselves out of poverty. The founder, Jimmy Pham, is a former Intrepid group leader and Intrepid is a long-time supporter of KOTO’s including through The Intrepid Foundation.
KOTO’s revenue comes largely from its restaurants and catering service, which are staffed by trainees, where all profit is invested back into the organisation for the good of the trainees. KOTO has over 300 graduates, all of whom have secured employment upon graduating, many at 5-star hotels, resorts and the finest restaurants in Vietnam and around the world. All of the trainees are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including many who grew up on the streets, in orphanages, or in the poorest parts of the cities or provinces in Vietnam.
KOTO Saigon looks forward to welcoming Intrepid travellers soon!
Address: 151a Hai Ba Trung, District 3, HCMC, Vietnam
Open: Daily for lunch 10am – 3pm (closed Mondays), as well as dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday (10am – late).