Keen foodies needed to have their fingers on the pulse if they wanted to dine at Rimutaka Prison during the seventh annual Visa Wellington On a Plate festival. Tickets for our third Rimutaka Prison Gate to Plate event sold out in minutes, with eager punters quickly snapping up the 20 additional tickets available this year.
Event veteran chef Martin Bosley, Hippopotamus Restaurant head chef Laurent Loudeac and Zibibbo’s Glen Taylor teamed up with prisoners and Corrections instructors to serve a stunning four course meal for the public and invited guests.
Rimutaka Prison hosted 160 members of the public and more than 60 stakeholders, including two of our local mayors, over three nights in August.
This year guests were offered a glimpse of life inside, with groups heading off in vans for a short trip around the prison. Corrections officers acted as drivers and ‘tour guides’, pointing out different areas of the prison and answering questions from curious members of the public.
Following their tour, guests headed to the visits centre for canapés, before heading back out through security for dinner in the Staff Training College.
Rimutaka Prison Gate to Plate is an innovative way to show the public and our stakeholders the work happening to rehabilitate prisoners. Whether acting as chefs or waiters, all prisoners involved are learning skills that will help them better integrate into society on release and turn away from a life of crime.