Tuesday 14th April 2020
Claire O’Kane of Mussenden Sea Salt was about to launch her new business when the outbreak of Covid 19 forced her to put her dream on hold. She quickly refocused her efforts to help co-ordinate a network of over 100 volunteer sewers making scrubs and masks. The garments are ordered by front line workers from hospitals, care homes, and other health care facilities. Mussenden Sea Salt is a Taste Causeway member and while she was busy sourcing fabrics and manging the logistics of the NI Scrubs Causeway Coast initiatives a number of chefs (many of them fellow Taste Causeway members) were also planning fundraising initiatives for the NHS. Taste Causeway Manager Sharon Scott helped connect the two groups and the Causeway Chefs 4 NHS was launched.
The Chefs are demonstrating dishes each evening over 14 days via the Causeway Coast Community Facebook page, many of the dishes champion local produce from the Taste Causeway network and the Chefs share some of their best kept secrets from their restaurants in return for support. Recipes are also available via the Causeway Coast Community page. The fundraiser has brought together business and community in an inspiring way and the Chefs involved are delighted to be doing something positive for others while they are dealing with the uncertainty and challenges that face their hospitality businesses. Derek Steele the Chef who came up with the original concept said he is overwhelmed by the support for the fundraiser so far, supporters are giving generously and commenting how much they are enjoying the cooking videos. The Chefs want to exceed the £3K target to ensure the NI Scrubs Causeway Coast can fulfil their orders and continue to support front line workers in other ways going forward.