Chef and co-owner of 3-Michelin-star Le Bernardin in NYC, Eric Ripert, has been joining World Central Kitchen. The goal? To feed food-starved New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
We love to report on humanitarian efforts within the restaurant industry and the chef's efforts fit the bill. Ripert and his team in the Le Bernardin kitchen have been preparing over 2,000 meals per week for hungry New Yorkers.
He has partnered with World Central Kitchen to accomplish his part. World Central Kitchen is an organization founded by chef José Andrés and his wife Patricia and was an idea that started ten years ago. Their mission has been to provide smart solutions for communities affected by poverty and hunger. José and World Central Kitchen catapulted into usefulness while feeding the citizens of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Today, World Central Kitchen has fed over TWENTY FIVE MILLION meals to the hungry affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
So what exactly is Chef Ripert serving New Yorkers? The mouth-watering menu has included Baked Salmon with Vermicelli Noodles. Roast Chicken with Couscous. Pasta with Beef Ragú. Baked Cod with Mustard Sauce. And the meals are completed with vegetables and produce donated by City Harvest, an NYC food rescue organization that started in 1982. City Harvest has been been rescuing edible food from being tossed as waste by area restaurants and repurposing it to feed those in need.
If you visit Le Bernardin's website today you see the message on the homepage explaining that they're closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis. They also state that gift cards for future use can purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and that they will continue to share recipes and updates on social media.
People and organizations in this article:
World Central Kitchen: wck.org
City Harvest: cityharvest.org
Le Bernardin: le-bernardin.com
Eric Ripert Instagram: instagram.com/ericripert
Le Bernardin Instagram: instagram.com/LeBernardinNY
José Andrés: joseandres.com