COPENHAGEN: Matthew Orlando, the chef owner of AMASS restaurant in Copenhagen has hit out at the World’s 50 Best, Opinionated About Dining and 360 Sustainability Awards among others for not using their platforms to raise awareness about the plight of restaurants in the current crisis.
“I believe that when times are tough, as they are right now, people and entities’ true colours come to the surface,” he said on his Instagram feed.
“In a time when then the restaurant industry is reeling from circumstances beyond our wildest imagination, where are the lists and rating systems that make their living off us,” he said.
The chef of Amass, who was former Noma Head Chef before opening Amass serving contemporary, organic cuisine with a strict focus on locally sourced ingredients asked how was it possible that ‘they can remain silent while the people that they use to justify their vanity are in danger of losing everything.”
“Why are they not using their resources to at least bring some awareness on the situtation,” he asked.
He said he was not sure where to go from here. “But all I know is that the stuff that we used to discuss in kitchens around the world behind closed doors is now clearly being justified.”
The post has over 4,500 likes at the time of writing.
Many also expressed agreement under his post including chefs like Jamie Lee, DC Patterson, David Kinch, Sat Bains, Daniel Burns, Jeremy Chan, Leo Carreira.