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Michelin-starred chefs protest outside Congreso about Covid-19 money worries

The top chefs wore their uniforms outside the parliament.
The top chefs wore their uniforms outside the parliament. / EUROPA PRESS
  • They have criticised the government's plan to allow them to only reopen at 40 per cent capacity

Chefs from Madrid's Michelin-starred restaurants staged a protest outside the Congreso building in the capital this week.

Many top names on the city's gastro scene wanted to draw attention to the precarious position they find themselves in. They say this is because of not only the closure of their businesses during lockdown, but also the plan to allow them to only reopen at 40 per cent capacity. They claim it will be unprofitable to run their high-end restaurants and want the government to do more.

The catering industry makes up over six per cent of the Spanish economy and employs 1.7 million people.

"We are where needed, cooking for and helping those who are in need at these difficult times, and we are doing this voluntarily," said Juanjo López, owner and chef at Madrid's La Tasquita de Enfrente restaurant as he read out an explanation of the protesters' demands.