When the restaurants closed, you decided to do something for charity. Could you tell more about it?
In spring 2021, the restaurants were closed in Finland for six weeks due to the pandemic. However, we were not discouraged and wanted to keep the gears moving. The first three weeks of the lockdown were used on cooking for charity. For the following three weeks, we converted hotel rooms into private restaurants and served a special menu for the guests.
The charity effort involved serving top-level cuisine to those who don’t usually get to enjoy it. We distributed 2 070 dishes and 10 000 masks through various aid organizations. We were able to rally up a number of companies and other restaurants as well. It was a pleasure to see that we Finns have a lot of heart and are willing to help. In difficult times, cooperation and solidarity prevail. We offered culinary experiences and joy to those who have been dealing with a crisis for much longer than we have.
– Finnish chef, entrepreneur, television host and food influencer
– Owns several restaurants in Helsinki region, including Muru, Pastis, Sue Ellen, Finnjävel, Fiasco by Ultima and Villa Lillan.
– Enthusiastic about experimental cooking, science and revolutionising food production.
– During the pandemic, Henri has been a trailblazer in improving customer safety in restaurants.
Chef Henri Alén
Eteläranta 16, 00130