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13 graduate from scheme to keep hawker heritage alive

Published on Apr 29, 2014 8:06 AM
Master trainer Sulaiman Abu (centre), 52, with trainees Noor Marina Salleh, 37, and Mohamad Zulfadhil, 25, and the nasi lemak they have learnt to prepare. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A campaign to preserve Singapore's much-loved hawker heritage has taken an important step forward.

After six months, the first batch of 13 trainee hawkers has graduated from a pilot scheme designed to ensure authentic traditional fare stays on the menu.

The graduates will now run "incubation" stalls with a year-long lease, stay with trainers at their stalls or run their own businesses.

The graduates of the Hawker Master Trainer pilot programme showed off their skills at a tasting session yesterday by cooking for panellists of the CEO Hawkers' Guide published by The Business Times.

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