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Top chefs on the frontline

Well-known names are lending their expertise to the current crisis

27 April 2020

It’s not an easy time at all for restaurants up and down the country, but many chefs are finding new outlets for their skills during the lockdown period.

Some are doing their bit for the country’s frontline workers, while others are helping local communities wherever possible. Other well-known names are helping to bring culinary inspiration to thousands with online classes that anyone can join.

Angela Hartnett has been helping Lulu Dillon, the founder of Cook-19, with the organisation’s efforts to provide cooked meals to key workers in the NHS who are sick or in self isolation in London. The volunteer-led project is currently in desperate need of drivers to deliver the meals in the capital. Find out how you can help Cook-19.

Where possible, other chefs have been putting their restaurant kitchens to an important use. Restaurant James Sommerin in Penarth and The Walnut Tree near Abergavenny are part of a collective that is ensuring hospital workers have meals between shifts. Thousands of meals have been delivered to staff at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil and Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.

Tom Kerridge has donated his time and facilities to help the Meals from Marlow campaign, an initiative helping hospitals and locals in need in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The monies raised will provide 600 meals a day for six weeks.

Other chefs are offering their services to their immediate communities. Simon Rogan is supporting his local area by offering take home-meals. The dishes can be preordered and then collected from Rogan & Co in Cartmel village.

Jason Atherton, the current AA Chefs’ Chef of the year, is helping his 125,000 followers cook with the food they have availableon Instagram with cook-a-long demonstrations and ideas for putting together food from around the world. His 'Social Kitchen isolation' series is in support of the Felix Project, which helps bring food to Londoners in need.

Jason Atherton receiving his AA award last year

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