Lend a hand to chefs of tomorrow

Stagiaires are young, often unpaid cooks-in-training.  Those working at Mugaritz lost their valuable knives in the devastating fire recently.  Replacing their costly tools of the trade will be difficult for these young cooks, yet not having them is not an option.  Their plight is surely insignificant in the face of the disasters in Haiti and Chile.  But what price a dream?

If you're a frequent visitor to one of the many food forums on the web, you might recognize the name John Sconzo, docsconz as he is known thereabouts.  John has set up a fund via the Slow Food chapter in Saratoga to help these young cooks replace their knives.  Their goal is to raise $2,500, and they are ever-so-close.  So, if you could spare even a few dollars – give up your $4 latte tomorrow morning perhaps – please consider helping these young cooks continue in their pursuits. 


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  • Emely Bogart

    This is not not good,…sad but don’t give up guys godbless you.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/1219738586s26857 Gastroanthropologist

    I’ve met many stages, and was once one myself. Many are so dedicated to food and do anything to work with the best chefs. They usually don’t get paid and often can’t afford to eat the amazing foods they help produce. I was posting on Noma last night while watching coverage on Chile and felt kind of weird gushing about my meal when so many had lost family members and homes. Sometimes my food obsessions seem so insignificant, but what’s important and what makes you happy changes as your circumstances change. I think this is a great idea for the stages – as a cook losing your best knife is devastating, especially when you don’t have the cash to replace it.

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    That knife looks so keen..

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    The picture kind of scares me, but I love how you say “what price a dream?”

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    this is a pitty. poor underpaid cooks

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    Yeah tell me about it

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    The picture kind of scares me, but I love how you say “what price a dream?”

  • Sylvia

    What a terrible situation. It’s a great thing that there is a fund set up where we can help these young chefs out. I hope lots of people help.
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