Food Fight! Chefs Create COVID Inspired Concoctions To Fight Fears
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Hoping to foster some lighthearted fun amid the dire COVID-19 global health crisis, chefs around the world are creating coronavirus-themed dishes that look as tasty as they are trendy. It might just be the only good thing to come out of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Hanoi, Vietnam, a chef at Pizza Home has created a coronavirus-themed burger, complete with green tea-stained buns and tiny sprouts designed to look like microscopic images of the virus.
Hoang Tung says he created the burgers to take the fear out of the infectious disease.
"We have this joke that if you are scared of something, you should eat it," Tung told Reuters.
"That's why the coronavirus isn't scary any more after you eat a burger in the shape of the virus itself. That way of thinking spreads joy to others during this pandemic."
In France, pastry chef and chocolatier Jean-François Pré opted to create coronavirus Easter eggs.
The chocolate eggs, which have been painted black, are dotted with red painted almonds to replicate how the virus looks while viewed under a microscope.
Pré told French language newspaper Le Telegramme he devised the eggs to bring some humor to the situation after growing "tired of hearing" about coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in western Germany, the Schuerener Backparadies bakery has added two different coronavirus-themed creations to its selection: biscuit versions of the face mask emoji and toilet roll shaped cakes.
Even U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force, has served as a food-spiration as a New York doughnut shop made Fauci the "face" of one of its doughnuts as a way of lifting the mood.
"We wanted to find a way to cheer up the people in our neighborhood," owner Nick Semeraro told CNN.
And we have the perfect drink to pair with these dishes: Mexican beer Corona.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.