How will the restaurant industry survive the coronavirus? Chef Jason Vincent (Giant, Chef Special) joins Billy Shore from his home quarantine in Chicago to talk about the difficult decisions he’s had to make as a restaurant owner in these challenging times. Vincent believes the current crisis is putting a magnifying glass on long-standing problems like healthcare. “It’s a tough lesson to have to learn in a terrible time, but lots of stuff needs to get fixed,” he says. He decided early on to keep providing health insurance to his employees during the shutdown.
Vincent is concerned the pandemic may exacerbate mental health issues in the restaurant workforce. “This is when the raw nerve gets exposed… people who don’t like being alone, being made to be alone. It gets touchy real fast,” explains Vincent. A father of two young girls, he also worries about what the crisis may do to the mental state of kids. “You see the crinkles on their faces when they hear the word coronavirus on the news. You see their pause after hearing about a ventilator,” he explains.
Join us for this deeply personal and important conversation with an employer, activist and father fighting to help others survive this crisis.
Resources and Mentions:
- No Kid Hungry (nokidhungry.org): Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
- Jason Vincent is an award-winning chef and co-owner of Giant, a New American restaurant in Chicago. Prior to opening Giant, Vincent was the chef and co-owner of Nightwood, with a menu that changed daily using fresh ingredients. Under Vincent, Nightwood earned the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand Award and was recognized on Bon Appetit magazine’s “10 Best Dishes of 2010” list. Vincent attended the Culinary Institute of America, and after graduating worked for the Michelin three-starred restaurant Arzack in San Sebastian, Spain. He is a long-time champion for No Kid Hungry.
- Giant is a small, 44-seat restaurant in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. It is known for its innovative, flavorful but simple food as well as craft cocktails and wine list. Chef Special Cocktail Bar serves drinks for every mood. It’s menu is based on the memories built on enjoying American Chinese food, which is a staple of American cuisine.