Michelin-starred chef caters for Londoners in need

Michelin star-winning chef Andrew Wong is one of many people changing their way of life to help in the coronavirus pandemic.

He's used to serving around 120 diners a day at his flagship A. Wong restaurant in London.

But now he's lost all his trade.

The coronavirus lockdown in the UK has forced him to close.

So, he came up with an idea to pay back the goodwill he's received from the local community.

He's now making prepared, free meals for those in need.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELIN STAR-WINNING CHEF AND OWNER OF A.WONG, ANDREW WONG, SAYING:

"I think it's important because we've been very lucky in the sense that the local residents have always supported us for the past eight years, and if there's anything we can do to support the community during this time, then we'll absolutely try."

Wong's team plan to produce 50 to 100 cook-at-home boxes a day, dependent on supplies.

But distribution is a hurdle, with London and the rest of the UK now told by the government to stay at home.

And he fears it could get harder.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELIN STAR-WINNING CHEF AND OWNER OF A.WONG, ANDREW WONG, SAYING:

"Difficulties with regards to sourcing, difficulties with the logistics of how we're going to distribute these if the lockdown becomes more and more serious - these are absolute problems that we're going to face. But from what I've learned in the last week-an-a-half is basically don't make too many long-term plans. At the moment, if you can help people from a day-to-day basis, then just concentrate on that. Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.

Like many business owners, Wong is hoping his trade will come back soon.

But for now, he's just happy to do what he can to help in a time of crisis.