As part of the Vocational Training Program we have been carrying out for over 16 years, we inaugurated the new cooking school «Gastronomy Without Borders,» which aims to provide training to more than 1500 young people and adults each year throughout the country.
The launch, which took place during the opening of the new professional kitchen at the Pequeños Pasos San Martín branch (Province of Buenos Aires), was led by one of the project’s ambassadors, the renowned Jujuy-born chef Walter Leal, a representative of Andean cuisine and ancestral techniques from northern Argentina.
In an atmosphere filled with enthusiasm and curiosity, gastronomy teachers and students from Pequeños Pasos took over the kitchen and, together with Walter Leal, prepared various regional dishes with gourmet flair and unique flavors, such as red quinoa fritters with roasted beets and oranges, smooth purple corn ceviche, creamy highland corn, arugula, and gratin cheese, among other delicacies.
«Gastronomy Without Borders» is a federal program that aims to revive the culinary arts and provide sustainable development opportunities to socially vulnerable communities. Its challenge is not only to train but to create self-sustaining productive units that grant access to genuine employment.
Además de la participación de Walter Leal, “Gastronomía sin fronteras” cuenta con proyección internacional gracias al apoyo de sus otros cuatro importantísimos embajadores: los reconocidos chefs Mauro Colagreco (3 estrellas Michelin), Soledad Nardelli, Carito Lourenço y Javier Brichetto.
CIn addition to Walter Leal’s participation, «Gastronomy Without Borders» has international exposure thanks to the support of its other four important ambassadors: the renowned chefs Mauro Colagreco (3 Michelin stars), Soledad Nardelli, Carito Lourenço, and Javier Brichetto.
It’s worth noting that the renovation and expansion of the kitchen at the San Martín branch in Argentina was made possible by the funds raised at the event held in Miami, which featured chef Déborah de Corral at her restaurant «Tigre,» and also involved fashion producer Luli Ballestrin, in charge of the entrepreneurs’ bazaar; the renowned musician Zeta Bosio and DJ Stefi Iracet, who provided the musical backdrop for the gathering, along with the Miami community.
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About Pequeños Pasos
We are a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has been supporting families in socially vulnerable situations in Argentina for 16 years, providing opportunities for sustainable development. Our programs for «Early Childhood,» «Childhood and Adolescence,» and «Vocational Training» aim to offer comprehensive care to improve the health, education, employment, and housing of beneficiaries.
We work throughout the country in communities with the highest rates of vulnerability. Currently, we assist over 40,000 people in Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán, Santa Fe, Misiones, Río Negro, Tierra del Fuego, La Boca, Quilmes, San Martín, Tigre, and La Matanza.
Among our notable achievements are the construction and operation of the Guillermo Donaire Satellite School in El Soberbio, Misiones; the Professional Kitchen in the town of San Martín; and the Early Childhood Space in Ushuaia.
This year, we were honored with the Brand Argentina certificate, which allows us to represent our country internationally, promote the values that make Argentina a better place, and bring our message and charitable actions to the world.