Michelin-starred pub chef, Tom Kerridge, has been finding new ways of operating his pubs during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Butchers Tap in Marlow, Kerridge’s iconic butcher’s shop and pub in one, has remained open as a butcher. Kerridge’s expert team of chefs have also been providing a takeaway service, as well as providing frontline workers with food under the ‘Meals for Marlow’ scheme.
Speaking to The Morning Advertiser, Kerridge said: “[Meals for Marlow] is bigger than anything we’ve done really. We were answering a call from Wexham Park, which is a hospital in Slough, that made a shout out on social media saying they needed help, and this was right at the beginning of the crisis.
“Everybody was stockpiling food, their staff were working 16-18 hour shifts and when they got to the supermarket, there was nothing or it was closed, or they were just too tired to cook.
“One of our businesses, Lush, is an airline-safe food production unit and we thought, surely we can do some ready meal out of there. So, we started having a look at how many ready meals we could do. We started doing 200 and thought we could do more and we are now doing 1250 meals a day for the frontline NHS workers and through the charity Link Foundation in and around the Marlow, Maidenhead, Slough and Oxfordshire areas with four or five hospitals taking the food.
“It’s been huge. We have got furloughed chefs and staff that have volunteered up at the county to make food. We contacted as many businesses as possible to see if they would like to donate money or produce and we have raised well over £160,000.”