On Saturday, Feb. 28, Davio’s in Chestnut Hill held a morning cooking class which consisted of pizza, pasta and pastry stations with the Boston Bantu Girls, which is part of the Chelsea Collaborative, a nonprofit organization in Chelsea. The group is composed of Somali Bantu refugees who live in Chelsea and Boston and are 14 to 19 years old.
The Boston Bantu girls then taught traditional Somalian dishes to the chefs.
This group is designed to provide opportunities to young Bantu women with an emphasis on higher education and future goal setting. In researching careers, many of the young ladies indicated “chef” as a top choice. The girls have many responsibilities in the home, and preparing food for their large families is one of the top priorities. The hope is to inspire the young women to think about potential careers and to expose the young ladies to career options and higher education.