Italian chefs assist in feeding COVID-19 patients

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The residents standing in lines at a COVID-19 testing site in Nanchang, the capital of East China’s Jiangxi Province, were amazed by an unfamiliar face delivering packed lunches to medical workers.

His name is Andrea Evaristi, a 41-year-old who hails from Italy. He is now the executive chef of a hotel in Nanchang.

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For several days this month, he and his colleagues made close to 200 such “love lunches” each day, all of which were provided to medical workers free of charge to show their gratitude to the heroes in the fight against COVID-19.

“Many doctors were staying in our hotel recently. They have contributed a lot to our safety. They are heroes,” Evaristi said.

Although the pace of Nanchang slowed down, Evaristi remained busy.

“When we were asked to be volunteers, everyone was willing to help. Some packed the deliveries, and others cooked the meals. It was beautiful teamwork, and you could see everybody was smiling. We were happy to do it,” said Evaristi.

The Italian chef and his colleagues also made heart-shaped cookies and penned notes with their best wishes for the medical workers.

“I was touched to see a foreign friend do something so sweet for us,” said Chen Lanying, a medical worker from the city of Jingdezhen who came to Nanchang to help fight COVID-19.

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Evaristi met his wife in China back in 2010. Now they have two kids. “I think China is absolutely one of the safest countries in the world,” he said. With the effective control of the epidemic, work and production in most urban areas of Nanchang have gradually returned to normal since late March.

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