Soup kitchen of the highest order
London’s homeless are the latest to benefit from Bottura’s green soup kitchen initiative.
ITALY'S top chef Massimo Bottura has officially opened the doors to his London soup kitchen, where Michelin-starred chefs will turn surplus foods destined for the landfills into gourmet meals for the city's homeless, elderly and refugees.
Last week, Refettorio Felix opened its doors for its first lunch service in London, where Bottura improvised a three-course meal with 50 crates of surplus food that included a vegetable soup to start, pasta with leftover bread crumbs, and a homemade ice cream made with Earl Grey tea and biscuits. The kitchens will be supplied by unsold food stock from retailers like Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, Fortnum and Mason, Harrods and Whole Foods.
To help inaugurate the new space at St Cuthbert's Day Centre in West London this week, Bottura tapped chefs like Alain Ducasse, Clare Smyth and Margot Henderson who will oversee the menu preparation. Overall, Bottura has been able to tap 50 of his famous chef friends, from the United Kingdom and around the world, to lend their culinary talents to the soup kitchen as guest chefs. They include Brett Graham, Daniel Boulud, Jason Atherton, Michel Roux Jr, Sat Bains, and Giorgio Locatelli among others. Refettorio Felix is the latest project to come from Bottura's non-profit organisation Food for Soul, which opened the first soup kitchen in Milan during Expo 2015, turning surplus foods into meals for the homeless.
Along with Refettorio Ambrosiano in Milan, the group also operates similar soup kitchens in Modena, Bologna and Brazil. Bottura's Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana holds three Michelin stars and is ranked No. 2 on this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Refettorio Felix is not open to the general public, but visitors can tour the space during the weekdays or volunteer. – AFP Relaxnews
Bottura and guest chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants turn surplus foods destined for landfills into gourmet meals at his latest soup kitchen in London. — Photos: AFP