The Companions at Emmaus Bristol were given a rare treat this October as Italian Chef Antonio Carluccio paid a visit to the Community demonstrating his commitment to raising the awareness and profile of Emmaus.
Visiting Bristol as part of his book signing tour, Antonio was due to give a bit of a ‘master class’ to some Companions. Alas, he was recovering from a recent bout of bronchitis and was unable to do this, promising however to return at a later date. What he did was just as appreciated. He talked to Companions and Staff, showing a great deal of empathy to the struggles faced and overcome by those within the Community.
Later, continuing his tour promoting new book, ‘Simple Cooking’, Antonio took two Companions, Chris and Ben along to Carluccio’s Restaurant at Bristol’s Broadmead Shopping Centre. There they assisted the super chef (who only calls himself a mere cook!) in preparing spinach balls with pasta in a courgette and parmesan sauce in front of well over 100 people. Even whilst promoting his new book, Antonio took the time to stress to his audience the importance of Emmaus, the way this charity doesn’t just hold out its hand for money, but earns it and gives any excess away to others in need.
A truly benevolent man, Antonio left Chris and Ben with some great memories and a signed copy of his new book. Emmaus Bristol awaits that master class with great anticipation.