Many restaurants and food establishments have been closed since March when the enhanced community quarantine was imposed in Luzon to control the spread of COVID-19. While their operations might have stopped and their staff had to stay home to help flatten the curve, some chefs are still working in their kitchens to cook and help out in the crisis.
And this time, they aren’t cooking for their regular customers—they are cooking for the frontliners who have been working tirelessly to save lives! (Read: Healthier food options? We asked Chef Sau del Rosario for tips!)
Chefs Natalia Moras, B Camposano, and JP Anglo have been cooking up delicious meals for our COVID-19 heroes to make sure they are well-fed especially during long duties. Read on to know their stories!
Chef Natalia Moran
Chef Natalia, a culinary consultant for Tasteless Group of Restaurants and The Sunny Side Group, has been cooking meals for frontliners since March. She decided to help out after she herself had to go under quarantine after her trip to Boracay in early March.
Chef Natalia’s isolation made her want to cook more and that’s exactly what she did. This world-renowned chef started preparing 50 to 100 meals per week and distributing it to frontliners in San Juan City after her quarantine. Ever since she started, she, with the help of the people in their household, has been working seven days a week to provide food for the frontliners. (Read: Bea Alonzo, Vhong Navarro prepare 500 meals for stranded UP students)
“My thinking is, it’s not like the frontliners have weekends, or the sick wait until Monday. Hence, we continue serving them,” Chef Natalia shares in an interview.
Chef B Camposano
Owner of vegan restaurant The Sexy Kitchen by B, Chef B Camposano is also cooking meals for frontliners. Using her expertise in cooking plant-based dishes, Chef B has been making ‘immunity-boosting’ food for health workers, hospital staff, and all others working amid the COVID-19 threat. (Read: Five Vegan Restaurants in Metro Manila)
She and her staff are also cooking meals for distribution to street dwellers seeking temporary shelter at the Malate Catholic School. “I believe ito yung matutulong natin sa kapwa natin [while waiting for a vaccine]… Saludo kami sa frontliners. Naiiyak kami sa sobra kaming proud,” Chef B says in an interview.
Chef JP Anglo
Celebrity chef JP Anglo is also offering his time and skills to provide meals for our dear frontliners. The Negrense chef, who owns Sarsa’s Kitchen, stays up late to prepare delicious food for frontliners working amid the pandemic.
He has already fed 100 frontliners as of writing and is now volunteering for Frontliner Feeders PH—a group of doctors, chefs, and volunteers who want to help frontliners and make sure they are eating well.
You may check this link to see more initiatives to feed frontliners who are working tirelessly during this pandemic.