20 Stories restaurant are supplying at least 200 free meals per week to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
D&D London, who are the global restaurant group behind 20 Stories Manchester, has pledged to provide more than 20,000 free meals per week to key workers across the UK.
The group’s chefs, restaurant teams, management and head office employees are all volunteering to prepare and deliver fresh meals every day to local hospitals and NHS staff.
20 Stories Manchester is one of the UK restaurants being used as a base to prepare the meals, limited to just two people in the kitchen at any one time and in PPE (personal protective equipment) such as face masks and gloves.
Heading up the kitchen in Manchester is new executive head chef, Mike Jennings, who only joined the company in February this year.
“I’m deeply humbled to be able to use my skills to help support our frontline workers in these challenging times,” said Mike.
“We’re making simple but colourful sandwiches and salads – like grilled salmon Caesar – that can be enjoyed on the go,” he continued, “as opposed to something like a cottage pie that would need to indulged sat at a table.”
Prepared sandwiches include delicious classics that will appeal to all, such as; smoked ham and mustard; tuna & sweet corn; smoked salmon, cream cheese & cucumber; Parma ham, sun-dried tomato & rocket; and mature cheddar and pickle.
Michelin-trained Jennings, who has over 20 years of culinary experience, promises to bring a different take on the 20 Stories menu with a fresh take on things as soon as the restaurant re-opens.
With support from charity The Hildon Foundation, the boxed meals are currently being delivered to frontline workers at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
D&D London says it will be expanding its volunteering efforts across the UK, and to its US restaurant in Queensyard, New York, next week.