KOTO Graduation Ceremony of class 26 & 27

KOTO is proud to have successfully organised the 2017 Graduation Ceremony for Classes 26 and 27, held at the United Nations International School of Hanoi on the 10th of June, 2017. We chose the theme “DARE” because it reflects the characteristics of Classes 26 and 27 — they have DARED to change their lives through KOTO. They have DARED to be special, DARED to dream, DARED to aspire to something better and DARED to simply be more. They have DARED to be loved and then to give love.

The 44 bright young graduates that comprise of Classes 26 and 27 have completed a two-year intensive training program and received an internationally accredited Certificate III in Hospitality from Box Hill Institute, Australia.

This year KOTO had the honour of hosting the Australian Ambassador, Mr Craig Chittick and Box Hill Institute representatives – Mr. Kien Chai. Both were present to deliver a greeting speech for KOTO  graduates. The event also featured a special appearance by celebrity performers and well-known singers in Vietnam including the SINE dance group, singer Pham Anh Duy. See more

A New HOME for KOTO Saigon Restaurant

After 2 years on the rooftop of the Kumho Asiana building, KOTO Saigon Restaurant has now moved to a charming new venue in Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, DaKao Ward, Dist 1, HCMC. KOTO Saigon was proud to open its doors on the 7th of June, 2017.
Shared tables Australia had a fun yet memorable visit to KOTO 

KOTO recently had the honour of hosting Shared Tables group of Celebrities Chef from Australia. The group passed by KOTO Training Centre and were caught by surprise seeing how young, energetic, and amazing our KOTO trainees are. Later on the group enjoyed “bia hoi” (fresh beer) at a market place with our team.
OzHarvest and KOTO together with UN Environment unite business leaders to tackle food waste in Vietnam
On May 29th, in Ho Chi Minh City, local representatives from Vietnam’s food and hospitality sector (such as Park Hyatt Saigon, Le Meridien, Caravelle, The Intercontinental, The Saigon Prince Hotel, VinMart, Unilever Food Solutions Vietnam) came together to explore innovative solutions to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 which aims to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses, by 2030. The Caterers as well as MasterChef Vietnam Winner Chef Ngo Thanh Hoa rolled up their sleeves to prepare delicious meals using “rescued” foods under the guidance of OzHarvest Executive Chef Travis Harvey and KOTO Head Chef, Quyen Trinh, joined by Park Hyatt Saigon Chefs Marco Torre and Heath Gordon.
Two world-leading social impact organisations, OzHarvest and KOTO, in partnership with United Nations Environment Asia and the Pacific Office are uniting to tackle food waste in Vietnam, a country where it is estimated that 80 per cent of rice produced is lost from farm to table.
[photo on the bottom right] Thirty four new young individuals were welcomed to the KOTO family on the 1st of March. Thirty four different disadvantaged and at-risk lives are eager to turn a new page. The KOTO family cannot wait to guide, to motivate and to inspire all of you.

[photo on the top right] Class 29 organised a “Ring the Golden Bell” game show on June 15th. All the trainees had a good team-building and bonding time together.

KOTO welcomed the Mayor of Seoul to the Van Mieu restaurant

KOTO had the honour of hosting Mr. Won Soon Park, Mayor of Seoul on the May 26th. Mr. Jimmy Pham and Mr. Won Soon Park had a discussion about the future cooperation between KOTO and Korean businesses. Our special visitors had delicious canapes and fresh summer drinks served by our fabulous KOTO trainees. Thank you Mr Won Soon Park for a lovely visit.
KOTO showcased at the Aus4Vietnam Marketplace.

KOTO is proud to have been selected to showcase at the Aus4Vietnam Marketplace. We welcomed Ms Frances Adamson, Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to Vietnam. Our representatives delivered a presentation about KOTO and how being the first social enterprise recognised by Vietnamese government would help KOTO and the community.
We are also thrilled to provide catering service for this special event. A huge thanks to the Australian Embassy in Vietnam for always supporting the work that KOTO does.