WORLD Michelin-star restaurant in Denmark cooks for homeless during pandemic


Michelin-star restaurant in Denmark cooks for homeless during pandemic

18:35, April 23, 2020

A notification sign indicates the COVID-19 test center where people will be tested for the virus as part of a new test strategy, at the Common Faelledparken in Copenhagen, Denmark April 22, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)

A 2-Michelin star restaurant in Denmark decided to launch a JunkFood project and cook for homeless people after being forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project was initiated by chef Rasmus Munk, who runs four kitchens, and aims to giving people who don't have a home nutritious meals. There are about 600 homeless people in the area of new Copenhagen, and it is quite hard for them to find food after the COVID-19 outbreak.

"This is a moment in time where we have a lot of extra time and four empty kitchens," Munk said. "It is hard not to have anything to get up for in the morning, especially when one is used to working 16 or 17 hour shifts."

Munk recruited several volunteers and cooperated with community institutions. He has provided more than 20,000 meals to shelters and hostels with no stops in a single day.

The project has been funded by a foundation and is expected to run for at least half a year.

A meal at the restaurant, the Alchemist, will run you more than $400 ordinarily. It plans on reopening next month and is fully booked through mid-July.

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