With restaurants closed due to COVID-19, Belgian chefs cater to hospitals

Belgian chef Nils Proost didn’t sit again when Coronavirus restrictions compelled the closure of his restaurant. He is now one among 30 high cooks serving meals to well being sector employees throughout the nation.

“My sister-in-law is a nurse in the emergency room in a hospital and she told us her staff restaurant is also closed due to COVID-19 measures. This was like a Eureka moment for us,” he stated at his Petit Cuistot restaurant within the Belgian city of Lier.

He requested suppliers if they’d meals they might spare and known as fellow chefs. Now his #feedthenurses initiative has some 30 chefs cooking meals for 40 hospitals in addition to some care houses.

Proost himself prepares about 160 meals a day for the close by Heilig Hart hospital, delivering them at round noon from Tuesday to Friday. This week, mushroom and hen pasta and chili con carne are on the menu.

“I’m not doing the same meals as in the restaurant. That would be a little bit crazy,” he informed Reuters, describing the meals as nourishing consolation meals. His counterparts unfold from Bruges in northwest Belgium to Hasselt within the east.

Heilig Hart hospital director Stefaan Vansteenkiste stated the meals introduced a second of sunshine to workers throughout very darkish days.

“Our kitchen is open for our patients, but our restaurant for personnel is closed… We can only provide them some snacks and vending machines,” he stated. “So good food is … a real meal for them.”

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