New Delhi: The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unimaginable crisis across the nation, leaving many in a distressed condition. Stepping up during these challenging times, Masterchef and philanthropist Sanjeev Kapoor along with World Central Kitchen (WCK) founded by Chef José Andres and Taj Hotels started an initiative in April 2021 by providing high-quality meals to frontline healthcare workers of the country.
Within a month, the team managed to provide more than five lakh delectable meals in 10 states across the country.
The genesis of the partnership between Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor and Taj Hotels can be traced to last year when the pandemic first hit the country. This year, WCK joined forces with Chef Kapoor and Taj Group to take fresh cooked nutritious meals to our healthcare warriors who are working non-stop against the coronavirus. The menu is specially curated keeping in mind their nutritional needs to fight the pandemic.
Chef Kapoor and Chef José Andres of World Central Kitchen are currently supplying around 25,000 free meals daily for the healthcare staff on duty at various hospitals across 14 cities. Some of these cities include Delhi, Gurugram, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Lucknow and Varanasi alongside others.
Speaking on the development, PadmaShri Awardee Chef Sanjeev Kapoor said, “The healthcare workers are our frontline warriors, who have been selflessly taking care of our families and dear ones during such a stressful time. It is therefore our responsibility to take care of them. With our initiative, we are providing our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff with appetizing meals while also equipping them with the desired nutritional benefits. Our meals are specifically designed to create the perfect confluence between health and taste. It ensures that our frontline workers are at their best in our nation’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Chef José Andres and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor visited various hospitals and kitchens to thank and motivate the staff helping in this noble cause.