The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the F&B industry — particularly in the hardest hit areas of America and Europe, where lockdowns are currently in place. Restaurants have been ordered to close their doors to diners and only offer takeaway or delivery. Some chefs, however, chose to close their restaurants entirely, hopefully temporarily, preferring to hunker down at home and weather the storm. Perhaps because some of them serve fine-dining plates or dishes that just don’t fare well via takeout or delivery. 

Because of this, an intriguing phenomenon has occurred: famous chefs have ditched their crisp chef’s whites and posh ingredients like truffles for T-shirts and simple soups, sandwiches and pasta. They’re cooking comforting, pandemic-friendly food from their home kitchens and generously sharing their recipes via Instagram — a few accompanied by live videos, others with badly taken but sweetly earnest photos. Some, such as chef Dominique Ansel and Eric Ripert are slightly more detailed, at times offering measurements for ingredients, but most (we’re looking at you David Chang and Massimo Bottura) offer just broad strokes and techniques with accompanying casual instructional footage. You see, professional chefs cook their restaurant dishes in bulk and don't usually scale down exacting recipes for the home cook — so they eyeball ingredients using their experience. In other words, they agak-agak (estimate in Malay). Still, their recipes and demos are useful and very welcome during these nightmarish times — it makes safe distancing and cooking at home fun. And it's comforting to know that we're not alone. 

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