2020 has been the toughest year imaginable for many industries, including hospitality. Unfortunately, we could be waiting a little while longer until things return to pre-pandemic conditions.
In normal circumstances, Christmas is the busiest time of year for chefs. Despite everything, we are still seeing the camaraderie in kitchens, the skills to adapt to new ways of working, the commitment to loyal customers and the tireless work ethic. These are just some of the qualities that have made chefs across the country true heroes this year.
At this time of year, we have always made donations to charities that make a real difference. This year, we have taken this a step further. Not only have we made donations, our team have gone above and beyond by donating their time and our products to several important causes, we’ve shared some of our proudest moments below.
In November, we shared Essential Cuisine’s Account Manager, Andrew Rogerson out on the road with Harrogate Food Angels during National Meals on Wheels Week, delivering food to vulnerable individuals that are restricted to their own homes. For the first time ever, Harrogate Food Angels will be delivering Christmas dinners to the elderly and Andrew will be joining them. Charities are always low on volunteers over the festive period, so click here to get involved.
We have gifted product to “Winter Warmers" to provide healthy meals to children in need over the Christmas holidays.
Our team have put together a fantastic festive food bundle to give to a local food bank. Since April, the team have donated six boxes!
We donated products to a local charity “Leave No One Behind”, who make food for vulnerable, self isolated individuals or families needing support.
We also made a product donation to “Covid Manchester Food Response” where all profits go towards providing food and supplying meals to people in crisis across Greater Manchester.
Our innovation boxes have kept the minds of chefs busy over the lockdown periods, and we will be continuing to put these together throughout 2021 - request yours here.
This year may not have gone as planned, but we got through it, together. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Best wishes, all of the team at Essential Cuisine.