Hôtel Chais Monnet is doing its bit for the community of Cognac by preparing and delivering 365 freshly cooked meals to the town’s central hospital on 1 April – the first of the hotel’s multiple planned meal deliveries during the pandemic.
The five-star hotel, which is currently closed in line with regulations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, reopened its kitchens, to cook up a three-course menu for the frontline workers who are helping to keep Cognac safe. Cognac-born pastry chef Isabelle Bovy has paired up with Hôtel Chais Monnet’s very own pastry chef Camille Roché to create a substantial yet balanced menu to sustain and satisfy these health workers during this difficult time.
The hotel is hoping to carry out this initiative again next week. “We have enough kitchen space to ensure that everyone can cook safely. If we can help those in need, let’s do it,” said Hôtel Chais Monnet’s general manager, Arnaud Bamvems.
The community outreach is part of a wider movement established across France called ‘Chefs with Caregivers’, a network of top restaurants cooking for doctors, nurses and caregivers in this time of crisis, as they fight to keep France fit and well.