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The new application provides food for chefs who don’t work



The new application provides food for chefs who don't work

What they want is homemade food and now they are helping chefs who don’t work to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Israeli businessmen Oren Saar and Merav Kalish Rozengarten founded WoodSpoon because of a desire to find food like grandmas used to make. “We skip meals from home, like authentic homemade hummus, and kunefe,” Saar said, referring to Middle Eastern cakes made with dough like noodles.

They launched the application in beta testing mode last November so that New Yorkers who are bored eating at restaurants can see what the chefs cook in their neighborhood cook at home. They started with only two dozen cooks in three New York City neighborhoods – only half of them had professional work experience, said Saar.

Then COVID-19 was hit and the number of chefs screaming to enter the application exploded. Since March, the network of chefs approved by WoodSpoon has jumped from about 30 in three ZIP codes – Williamsburg, Park Slope and Upper West Side – to 100 in 50 ZIP codes, including Queens, Hoboken, NJ, and Jersey City.

Now 90 percent of chefs have professional experience, including from big names like Nobu, Cipriani, and Nougatine Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Saar said.

WoodSpoon will have more, but they cannot process applications fast enough. “After the city was closed, we were flooded with more than 500 questions from chefs who didn’t work,” Saar said. “They have sent documents, but it takes time. We are a small team. “

Kevin Martinez joined WoodSpoon three weeks ago after he was dismissed from his job as a line cook at Nougatine.

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Martinez, who lives with his girlfriend in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, rides his bicycle to Union Square Greenmarket to shop for food. The meal includes pappardelle pasta with pecorino meat and basil for $ 10; and stinging branzino with sweet potatoes topped with roasted corn and avocado for $ 15.

Consumers pay the 15 percent service fee that goes to WoodSpoon, as well as taxes. Branzino, for example, can be obtained for $ 18.78 including a $ 2.25 service fee and a $ 1.53 tax. Free shipping.

“WoodSpoon is a savior,” Martinez told Side Dish, saying he would “get out of my mind” without structure after losing his restaurant job. “That really gives me hope. If I can get enough orders a day, this is what I will do. Cooks like me, with an entrepreneurial spirit, will love it. “

The increase in supply has not translated into the same surge in demand from consumers, Saar said, but the application ended beta testing mode on Tuesday and raised money for marketing.

“It’s too early to say,” said Saar, adding that they were still “trying to get the words out.”

Regarding the very important COVID-19 safety issue, Saar said all chefs have been inspected, including home visits, now carried out by Zoom, to ensure they meet food handling and safety requirements.

All cooks are required to wear masks and gloves and package their food with supplies provided by the company.

As for public health issues, the state of New York allows people who sell baked goods, jelly or snack mixes to prepare food from home, even though they must get approval to do so. In other food categories, chefs need to be subject to regular public health inspections.

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“The onus is on them,” said Saar, adding that WoodSpoon itself is not responsible to the public health authority for the home chef’s inspection. “They are joining us now and we are doing our part to make it as safe as possible.”

This application provides chefs with proprietary tools to help them determine the price of their dishes based on the cost of their ingredients, which according to Martinez has helped him learn about calculating food costs when preparing menus. Ground beef, for example, costs almost double – from $ 5 per pound to almost $ 9 per pound.

“I dream of opening my own restaurant and this is the way to start,” Martinez said.

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Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge



Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge

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Tournament of the second European circuit.

Thomas Gouveia solidified his status as the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge this Saturday by finishing the penultimate day of the second European round robin in a group of 31st placed golfers.

Thomas Gouveia hit the card with 73 shots, one over par on the course, after two birdies (one under par hole) and three bogeys (one over), after making 71 shots in the previous two days for a total of 215.

Thomas Bessa needed 75 hits, three over par and tied for scarecrows, he finished 48th with 218 total, five short of Vitor Lopez, 60th with 223, after today needs 78, with just one bird . to fit five scarecrows and a double scarecrow.

The Swiss Challenge, which concludes on Sunday in Folgensburg, France, is still led by France’s Chung Veon Ko with a total of 206 shots, one short of Denmark’s Martin Simonsen in second place.

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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.



Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in eighth position at the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, 16th of 20 races of the season, despite a last-minute crash.

The Portuguese from the Austrian brand set his best lap of 1.55.895 minutes, finishing 0.681 seconds behind fastest Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda). France’s Johann Zarco (Ducati) was second with 0.208 seconds and South African Brad Binder (KTM) was third with 0.323 seconds.

“I had good speed and potential in the second quarter and on this particular lap. [a última], but I was on the floor in the ninth turn. It was a shame, but I have confidence in tomorrow (Sunday),” commented the Portuguese rider in statements released by the KTM team. “It was difficult to prepare for the race, but we’ll see.” [o que vai acontecer]”- concluded Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese left the third row of the grid after falling just three minutes before the end of the session, marred by rain that caused a delay of more than an hour and had already forced the cancellation of the third free game. training session, at night. The fall of the Portuguese rider occurred in the third sector of the track, at a time when his results were improving. When 15 minutes of this second qualifying stage (Q2) ended, Oliveira finished in fourth place.

However, several riders were still halfway to the last lap and the Almada rider ended up being overtaken by Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Brad Binder and Aprilia Spaniards Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

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Pole position was won by Marc Marquez 1,071 days after he was the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP World Championship, namely the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased with the pole position. This morning I felt very strong on the wet track and decided to give it a try. This is very important for us and for the future. Tomorrow, on a dry surface, everything will be different. history,” said the Spanish rider, who has already become world champion eight times.

The rain that hit the Motegi track became a headache for the riders and the organization, which was forced to interrupt the Moto2 qualifying nine minutes before the end and cancel the third free practice in MotoGP.

Traffic on the track only resumed after more than an hour, and the wet track was the cause of several accidents, including that of a Portuguese KTM rider who slid off the pavement without physical consequences.

Johann Zarco’s Ducati was the fastest today, reaching 302 kilometers per hour, while Oliveira’s KTM lost 30 kilometers per hour in a straight line (the maximum speed achieved by the Portuguese was 270 kilometers per hour). Luca Marini’s Ducati was the slowest, reaching 255.9 kilometers per hour, leaving the Italian in 10th place.

Champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) of France finished ninth behind Miguel Oliveira, while World Cup runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) of Italy finished 12th and last in the second quarter, bringing together the top 10 fastest in free practice and the top two in the first quarter.

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Already the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati), the winner of the previous stage in Aragon, remained in Q1, where he fell without physical consequences.

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Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: “You learn and laugh” | alagoas



Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: "You learn and laugh" |  alagoas

“You learn and you laugh” is how Erivaldo Amancio defines the Portuguese language content he offers online. Born in Arapiraque, Alagoas, he humorously gives advice and answers questions about the Portuguese language.

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Erivaldo has 767k followers on Instagram and over 17.5k followers on YouTube. It all started a year and a half ago when he got scolded in a comment on social media.

Because the swearing contained several grammatical errors, Erivaldo responded by posting a video teaching a “lesson” to the hater.

“It happened more than once. Some of these videos were posted on humorous Instagram profiles. It made me stand out,” he said.

A literature student at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Erivaldo wants to prepare even more for face-to-face classes when he is near the end of the course. He says the purpose of the profile is to encourage followers to seek out more knowledge.

“Tips on the web are just a seed, the fruit of which can be curiosity about objects,” he explained.

Through social media, Erivaldo responds to his followers’ doubts about the Portuguese language.

Erivaldo’s profile is also in demand by contestants and students preparing for Enem.

“[Os seguidores] it is said to be a very interesting way of learning. Many regret not learning from teachers who use humor in the classroom,” he said.

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