Famous Italian Chef Plans To Bring Food Canteen To The Madeline

Osteria Francescana

Massimo Bottura, one of Italy's most decorated chefs, is in talks with Parisian authorities to bring his "Food for Soul" public kitchen into the French capital. If all goes according to plan, Bottura could open a canteen for the homeless in the basement of the famous L'église de la Madeleine next year.

Jean-Francois Rial, who works for Voyageurs du Monde, told reporters he has been meeting with Bottura over the past few months. The two are currently figuring out the logistics of making "Food for Soul" a possibility next March. The famous photographer JR is also helping with this project.

The Madeline Church has already been serving the homeless for about 40 years. People meet for lunch in the church's basement and are only asked to pay €9. If someone doesn't have €9 to spare, they can pay €1 for their meal.

Chef Bottura opened his first kitchen for the homeless in 2015 in Milan, Italy. Numerous pro chefs from around the world donated their time and spare ingredients to help Milanese residents in need.

After the success of this first public kitchen, Bottura opened various canteens across Italy. He also helped open one kitchen for London's homeless.

Bottura's kitchen in Paris would use high-quality leftover foods from local restaurants. He and local French chefs will work to prepare high-class meals out of ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste.

If this project comes to fruition, organizers expect to serve lunch to at least 80 homeless people every day.

Unfortunately, homelessness is a huge problem all across France. A 2016 study found that 3.8 million French people are without adequate housing. Another report found that 480 homeless people die on France's streets every year.

Within the past eleven years, Paris's homeless population grew by 84 percent. Most estimates believe there are at least 30,000 homeless people in Paris today.

The Madeleine is located in Paris's 8th arrondissement and is one of the most famous Catholic churches in the city. Completed in 1828, the Madeline Church was ordered by none other than General Napoleon.

For those who don't know, Chef Bottura is best known for his restaurant Osteria Francescana in the northern city of Modena. Founded in 1995, Osteria Francescana now has three Michelin stars, is the second best-reviewed restaurant on TripAdvisor, and won the top prize in 2016's World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards. A few popular dishes on Osteria Francescana's menu include suckling pig tender with balsamic vinegar and Modenese tortellini in capon broth.

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