Inspired Kitchen (IK) is a brainchild of Selayang Community College (SCC) that allows students with special needs to start their career in culinary industry.
The cafe, which was set up under Ministry of Higher Education was initiated as an entrepreneurship programme and a training platform for the students.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had said there were plans to expand the cafe in the future.
IK first started its operations at SCC and now has expanded its business at the ministry’s grounds in Precinct 5, Putrajaya.
“There is a proposal to expand it gradually. We recognise their talents and encourage them to mingle with the community.
“Not only do community colleges provide training to the disabled students, but it also becomes a branch of business for them,” he said.
The cafe, which serves a variety of meals and coffee, is currently run by SCC students, many of whom are either visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, mute, autistic, and more.
SCC culinary lecturer Fazlilawati Fadzil said Inspired Kitchen has helped produce five baristas and one of them was even offered to work in a coffee shop.
“Despite their disabilities, the students are very diligent and eager to improve their skills.
“This training ground is a perfect place to improve their skills and help them become more independent.
“Before this, we could only sell the food at the college. We were lucky that the ministry gave us space and helped to start Inspired Kitchen here,” he said.