The organisation behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has released its first ever e-cookbook, entitled Home Comforts: simple lockdown recipes from the world’s best chefs and bartenders, featuring the meals that the world’s most revered chefs are cooking for their families at home. Available for a $10/£8 minimum donation through the 50 Best Bid for Recovery donation site with immediate effect, the cookbook will raise funds to support the global hospitality community.
The cookbook contains 50 unique recipes from an equal number of female and male chefs who have featured on recent 50 Best lists, alongside 25 cocktail pairings from bartenders behind The World’s 50 Best Bars. The result is a collection of simple and delicious comfort food creations, from Tokyo to San Francisco, split into categories of vegetarian, fish and seafood, meat and dessert. Whether it’s Alain Passard’s inspired vegtable based cookery, Daniela Soto-Innes’ versatile mole, Manu Buffara’s Sunday family favourite or Vicky Lau’s brilliant bao, Home Comforts offers something to suit any amateur cook and every palate.
This initiative offers a means for every food-and-drink lover to help the cause of the hospitality sector in return for a special collection of recipes and insights. The release of Home Comforts coincides with the impending ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction of out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences and rare items. Bidding on the auction opens on 3rd July and closes on 12th July at www.50BestForRecovery.com.
50 Best is also launching the #50BestRateMyPlate Instagram challenge for food lovers to create, and post, dishes inspired by those in the Home Comforts recipe book. Every week for five weeks from 20th July, 50 Best will choose its favourite three #50BestRateMyPlate dishes and share these with its followers, who will then vote on their preferred dish. The plate with the most votes during that week will become a finalist and win the chance to be judged by a panel of 50 Best chefs in late August. The winner will receive two VIP tickets to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards event in Antwerp, Flanders in 2021.
The funds raised will go towards providing direct and tangible financial relief for restaurants and bars worldwide as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic as part of the 50 Best for Recovery programme. Independent restaurants and bars across the world will be able to apply for a direct grant in late July.
Additional donations will be made to non-profit- organisations: Lee Initiative’s Restaurant Reboot Relief Program and Black Urban Growers (US); Nosso Prato (Brazil); the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund (South Africa); Feed the Needy (India); Horeca Next (Belgium); Ambasciatori del Gusto (Italy); Chefs for Spain; Singapore Cocktail Bar Association; and the worldwide Social Gastronomy Movement. You can find out more about the fund distribution process and recipient non-profit organisations here.
William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “We are thrilled to have some of the world’s leading chefs and bartenders come together and offer their favourite recipes for our first ever e-cookbook. We urge people to support us in raising as much money as possible for the global hospitality industry – and help give back to the restaurants and bars struggling around the world – with a minimum $10 or £8 donation.’’