Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bottura Serves First Lunch at Community Kitchen

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bottura Serves First Lunch at Community Kitchen

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Byline: Jonathan Prynn

THREE Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura today cooked the first lunch at a community kitchen for homeless and vulnerable Londoners that uses almost exclusively surplus food.

The Italian is the first in a stellar lineup of culinary giants with more than 40 Michelin stars between them who will cook with "waste" ingredients from stores and markets at the kitchen at St Cuthbert's Centre in Earl's Court.

The chefs will take a delivery from a van provided by The Felix Project charity at about 8.30am each day, not knowing what has been collected during its round of visits. They plan to serve more than 2,000 lunches a day at the centre, which has been named Refettorio Felix in honour of Felix Byam Shaw, the inspiration for the charity.

Mr Bottura, whose non-profit organisation Food for Soul is running the kitchen, said: "For us as chefs this is a cultural project to show that what people think of as waste is not, it is just a different aspect of food. …

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