In August of 2020, when many in the restaurant business around the world found themselves enduring the brutal consequences of a global pandemic, many without income, without their staff and their business, JP McMahon, founder of the online platform - Food On The Edge, reached out to contributors to write a letter addressed to the industry.
"The basis of the request was that their contributions would serve to provide a global record of a particularly challenging time while allowing hope to shine on the future and the next generation of young cooks, chefs, farmers and food activists. What we got was a series of deeply personal and moving accounts of their Covid-19 experience with many recounting losses and some reminiscing on valuable gains and insights", said JP McMahon.
A complilation of the responses has since been made into a book, McMahon explained, adding: "The book portrays the diverse voices from around the world that make up the industry. From the chefs to producers to service providers. The book has been downloaded thousands of times and the response has been nothing short of inspirational. The resilience of our industry is testament to the support we give each other and the learnings we take from each other."
McMahon added that the experiences throughout the book have similar themes, often the joy that came with spending more time with family and loved ones, evaluating what life was like before Covid-19 and changes that would be made going forward.
The 121 contributions are being added to and an updated version will be available on Google Books at the end of February until then the book is available by visiting the Food On The Edge website.
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