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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14 Responses to “Lend a hand to chefs of tomorrow

  • Emely Bogart said:
    March 1st, 2010 at 2:26pm

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

  • Gastroanthropologist said:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 1:02pm

    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.

  • Cyriae said:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 5:24pm

    I love your blog!! I’m also a big fan of Food Network star Guy Fieri. Guy is diversifying his portfolio to include game show. He has a new show on NBC called “Minute To Win It” which airs on March 14th! Check it out!

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    March 2nd, 2010 at 10:18pm

    The knife looks so spooky..

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    March 3rd, 2010 at 12:37pm

    That knife looks so keen..

  • FlavorBoulevard said:
    March 4th, 2010 at 9:37am

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

  • Santa Cruz Restaurant said:
    March 10th, 2010 at 4:17pm

    this is a pitty. poor underpaid cooks

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    March 17th, 2010 at 5:24pm

    Yeah tell me about it

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    March 23rd, 2010 at 2:50am

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

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    April 12th, 2010 at 11:33pm

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    April 21st, 2010 at 6:08pm

    Wow…this is not really a good pic..looks a lit bit bloody…

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    April 22nd, 2010 at 2:48am

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

  • Sylvia said:
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:07am

    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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