Wagamama has closed all of its restaurants for eat in and delivery, in line with Government guidelines regarding coronavirus. The online series, titled Wok From Home, will feature cooking lessons led by the pan Asian restaurant chain’s executive chef, Steve Mangleshot, who has worked at Wagamama for more than 20 years.
The first online lesson will go live on Wednesday, April 8, with the following one expected on Friday, April 10.
The free series will be posted across Wagamama’s various social media platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, IGTV and Facebook.
Mr Mangleshot said: “This is the first time in 20 years that I’ve gone this long without cooking Wagamama food and to be honest, I’m missing it.
“The production value might not be up to our usual standard as it will be shot on an iPhone 11 but to be honest we’re making this up as we go along!
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“My wife is the producer/director and my kids are the sous chefs. So it’s gonna be interesting!
“So, I thought I’d bring the Wagamama kitchen home so we can all get our Wagamama fix!”
The chef said that his wife is the producer and director of the series, while his children are the sous chefs.
He said: “So it’s gonna be interesting. We have all been forced to prepare more food at home than we normally do and I want this regular online show to teach you how you can be a decent chef in no time.
“I also want to create a sense of community through our food, just like we do in all our restaurants.”
In a post on Instagram, the popular Japanese restaurant posted: “Our mission to spread positivity, from bowl to soul, continues.
“We may just be doing it from the comfort of your own homes!”
The immensely popular chain is famed for popularising the chicken katsu curry in westerners.
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Other popular dishes include yaki soba, donburi, gyoza and a ‘tea stained’ egg.
Key restaurant chains across the country have shut their doors, despite the government guidelines permitting restaurants to stay open if they are only serving takeaway food.
Other restaurants that have closed include Nando’s, Franco Manca, McDonalds, Burger King, and Pizza Express.
Delivery only services like Dominos and Papa John’s are still operating.
Restaurants have had to close predominantly due to staff shortages, as people practice social distancing and need to self isolate.
The UK’s delivery workforce, which is made up almost entirely of self-employed people, were advised to leave orders on the threshold of people’s homes and back away to a distance of two metres after ringing the doorbell in safety videos circulated online.
All major delivery apps, such as JustEat and Uber Eats, have rolled out ‘no contact’ payments by default.
Delivery apps are struggling without the offering from these major brands (McDonald’s and Greggs are the biggest draws for Uber Eats and JustEat respectively), despite unveiling incentive packages to restaurants, including reduced commissions and faster payments.
This, compounded with consumer anxiety about the spread of COVID-19, have caused takeaway orders in the UK to fall sharply.
Lockdown regulations are to be reviewed next week, and are expected to be extended.
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