Welcome to the posh prison restaurant where inmates prepare, serve food!

May 10th, 2009 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 10 (ANI): A restaurant with a pan-European menu, mood lighting and contemporary design will soon have its official launch - in a Brit jail.

The Clink at High Down prison in Surrey is expected to become one of the most talked-about restaurant openings of the year.

The plush eatery, which has a private dining area with 20 seats and serves as the staff canteen, has razor wire on the roof and uses plastic cutlery.

Inmates are learning to prepare and serve dishes as part of a new project to rehabilitate offenders and help them gain qualifications that can prove handy when they look for a job in the outside world after their release.

“We wanted a realistic, contemporary restaurant so that prisoners who are trained here can go into the real world,” the Telegraph quoted Alberto Crisci, catering manager at the prison, as saying.

“Yes, we do have plastic cutlery but this is a prison. We would have preferred metal knives and forks but this is a unique dining experience,” Alberto added.

Peter Dawson, the prison governor, said: “I will be interested in hearing from people who have a legitimate interest in prison to come in and visit The Clink.

“For example, we have already had an expression of interest from the local Rotary Club and I believe that would be legitimate because we will be able to ask those people if they are interested in employing former offenders.”

David Hanson, the prisons minister, added: “The Clink is an example of our commitment to ensure that prison is about more than locking offenders in cells and must also be about providing opportunities for offenders to gain real life, valuable skills and qualifications that will be of genuine use on their release.” (ANI)

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