Res­tau­rant owner feeds Perth’s needy at pop-up street stall

Chef marks World Food Day with gen­er­ous ges­ture

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Mark mackay mmackay@the­

A big-hearted res­tau­rant owner took to the streets of Perth to feed the home­less and raise money for the city’s hard­pressed food­bank.

Award-win­ning chef Praveen Ku­mar set up stall out­side the city hall to of­fer sus­te­nance to passers-by to mark World Food Day.

Mem­bers of Perth’s home­less pop­u­la­tion were among his first cus­tomers but other res­i­dents and vis­i­tors were soon warm­ing them­selves with one of his cur­ries af­ter mak­ing a do­na­tion.

Praveen, who owns the Tabla Res­tau­rant and the In­dian Cook School, was joined by his fam­ily for the ini­tia­tive.

He is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing the pop-up eatery a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence and hopes other city restau­ra­teurs will fol­low his lead.

His ef­forts have been backed by SNP politi­cians Pete Wishart and John Swin­ney, who said the ges­ture raised im­por­tant ques­tions about how the coun­try pro­vides for the needy.

Praveen said: “We all have a lot to think about on World Food Day. Ev­ery day much of the world goes hun­gry.

“We don’t have to look that far to see it though as many peo­ple in this coun­try do not have enough to eat.

“Many peo­ple on our lo­cal streets are hun­gry and home­less. Perth has its own problems.

“I’d love more restau­rants to join in and make a sim­i­lar ges­ture. It’s im­por­tant that we sup­port the less for­tu­nate in our so­ci­ety and this is just a small thing to do.

Deputy First Min­is­ter and Cabi­net sec­re­tary for ed­u­ca­tion and skills John Swin­ney MSP said: “This is a won­der­ful ges­ture of Praveen and I com­mend his self­less ac­tion to help peo­ple in Perth who are go­ing hun­gry.

“World Food Day is an im­por­tant event de­signed to raise aware­ness of the United Na­tions’ goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. Too many peo­ple go hun­gry ev­ery sin­gle day.

“The In­de­pen­dent Work­ing Group on Food Poverty last year iden­ti­fied a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions to help end hunger in Scot­land and the Scot­tish Govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing the mea­sure­ment of food in­se­cu­rity in Scot­land.”

The Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (of the United Na­tions) cel­e­brates World Food Day each year to com­mem­o­rate the found­ing of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 1945.

Events are or­gan­ised in more than 150 coun­tries across the world.

It’s im­por­tant that we sup­port the less for­tu­nate in our so­ci­ety and this is just a small thing to do. RES­TAU­RANT OWNER PRAVEEN KU­MAR

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Praveen Ku­mar, owner of the Tabla In­dian Res­tau­rant, dish­ing out curry to Emily Hunter-Bell, Tanvi Ku­mar and Josh Fer­ris, for a do­na­tion, as part of World Food Day in Perth city cen­tre yes­ter­day.

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