As restaurants and chefs around the world respond to the coronavirus by taking responsibility and closing, families in China, Italy and beyond face the start and, in some cases, the middle of lockdowns.
Anyone in this situation will quickly note the growing urge to cook, there's just something about a crisis that makes us cook, and with this in mind, Massimo Bottura and his family have given people direct access to their family home with a new Instagram show, Kitchen Quarantine.
The idea was Bouttura's daughter's, Alexa, who after day two of quarantine, saw her dad in the kitchen and thought, ‘hey, I bet a lot of people would enjoy seeing this'. She proposed the idea to the chef about sharing their family meals and, as they say, the rest is history.
The nightly cooking series, which is on at 8-o-clock CET on the chef's Instagram page, is fun for all. In fact, in the spirit of togetherness, Bottura has enlisted help from the whole family, with wife Lara and son Charlie helping, tasting and chipping into the videos while Alexa films dad showing off his skills. Even the dog gets in on the action. It really is like spending the evening in the heart of the cheerful and hospitable Bottura family as they enthusiastically get in on the kitchen action.
The three Michelin starred chef behind "Food for Soul" closed his Francescana Osteria in Modena on 10th March in a "stay safe and be positive" message to his staff and customers and continues his community spirit by nourishing his fans with feel-good home cooking.
Find the video recipes below, for some unforgettable home cooking in the hands of a three-Michelin-starred master.
Go spicy with his vegetable Thai curry or keep it classic with a salad and boiled meat, Bottura's signature tortellini in panna and a dessert of pancake millefoglie.
This really is the show we all need in our lives right now.