Japanese chefs based in France feed doctors in fight against coronavirus

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On Sunday, five Japanese chefs gathered and put their skills to work for their appreciation for the staff of a hospital in Dijon, France, who are working to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Takashi Kinoshita, 40, chef at the Château de Courban hotel and restaurant in Burgundy, took the initiative to cook for a hundred health professionals as he sought to intervene to support their fight.

(Japanese chefs Takashi Kinoshita, second from left, Keigo Kimura, fourth from left, Tomofumi Uchimura, fifth from left, and Keishi Sugimura, sixth from left, and others deliver food to a hospital in Dijon, France, April 5, 2020.)
[Courtesy of Lionel Dupouy/Chateau de Courban]

After consulting with the owner of his restaurant and the local hospital, he decided to sharpen his knives and get to work preparing refined dishes for the hard-working hospital workers.

Local producers and suppliers donated free ingredients to the first effort on March 29, which also saw Sae Hasegawa, 36, the restaurant’s dessert chef, involved in feeding the hungry hospital staff.

The decision caught the attention of Burgundy restaurateurs Tomofumi Uchimura, 40, Keigo Kimura, 43, and Keishi Sugimura, 43, who decided to participate for the second time.

They made asparagus appetizers, main courses of chicken cooked in red wine and desserts with cheese and chocolate accents.

After delivering the first batch of food, Kinoshita received numerous phone calls and messages from grateful doctors and others thanking him.

He will continue to provide food every weekend to the hospital and plans to do the same for other hospitals in the area.

“We are frustrated that we have not been able to cook since the restaurants closed. So we are happy to express our gratitude and help each other, “said Konoshita.

((Japanese chef Takashi Kinoshita, on the left, and others deliver food to a hospital in Dijon, France, April 5, 2020.)
[Courtesy of Lionel Dupouy/Chateau de Courban]



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