Benahavís. The Anantara Villa Padierna hotel in Benahavís has made its facilities available to World Central Kitchen (WCK), the NGO set up by famous chef José Andrés, which prepares meals every day for people who are in a vulnerable situation due to the Covid-19 crisis.
The hotel kitchen is being used to produce meals that are then distributed in the area, thanks to the collaboration of food banks and other local NGOs.
World Central Kitchen was founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés to provide food for people in need during a disaster and it has already responded to the threat of Covid-19 in more than 20 towns and cities around the world. It began its operations in Spain on 27 March and now has 14 kitchens in ten Spanish towns, providing more than 20,000 meals a day.
Chef Aitor Perunena is working in collaboration with the Anantara hotel's executive chef Manolo Navarro and coordinating a team of 120 volunteers from well-known establishments in the area, such as El Lago, Boho Club, Besaya Grupo, Grupo Fuerte Hoteles, Finca Cortesin, Hotel Don Carlos and Elba, among others. In the hotel kitchen they are cooking as many as 1,000 portions a day with ingredients that cover the needs of adults and children, taking into account different nutritional and religious requirements.
The general director of Anantara Villa Padierna, Jorge Manzur, says that "in these very critical and uncertain times, we are incredibly proud to be part of this great team and initiative and collaborate with World Central Kitchen and chef José Andrés. We started with great strength and enthusiasm, demonstrating what the hospitality industry is capable of doing in difficult situations like this one."
Anantara Villa Padierna has also donated foods to different charities since being forced to close due to government restrictions.