After the shocking and sudden closure of Michelin-starred powerhouse Gaggan, self-styled “culinary rock star” Gaggan Anand already has a new project: a street food charity project with a famed food vlogger.
Anand will collab with food-talker Mark Wiens to do some good for street food vendors by selling Indian-inspired burgers on the streets of Bangkok, with some proceeds going to benefit street vendors.
Anand’s broke the news about the new project Wednesday. He said the collab won’t be limited to Wiens but also foodie entrepreneur Kittidech “Itan” Vimolratana, who rose to fame as TV cooking show host Tan Raitiemtan, or “Undefeatable Tan,” on Channel 5.
Anand, whose restaurant Gaggan closed last month, said the charity is to pay back the street food vendors and improve their quality of life.
“A charity for those who make us famous on those who deserve more than just being in our daily lives, on those who really give us that joy of eating in streets [sic],” Anand wrote on Instagram. “The money we raid e [sic] will help them by giving cash to buy better carts or to buy insurance or other means of secured life.”
Wiens, who’s crazy about spicy Thai street food – his signature T-shirt reads “if it’s not spicy, I’m not eating!” – is also behind a subscriber-rich YouTube channel about street food in Thailand.
In a message today, he said the project will debut Sept. 30.
Each burger will be sold for THB300. Larger amounts will be accepted for donation.
“Goal is to raise money to help street food vendors in need. Other than that, we haven’t decided on location yet, or exact food details,” Wiens wrote.
The time and location will be announced on a later date via Wiens and Anand’s social media profiles.
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So guys here we announce (sorry for delay) A thought 💭 A charity for those who make us famous on those who deserve more than just being in our daily lives, on those who really give us that joy of eating in streets It’s an experiment to create a charity for struggling under-deserved Street food vendors to give them new or better infrastructure. So to start this 30.9.19 Monday my conspirators @migrationology @itan and my rebels will take over a street food location and sell a selection of Indian inspired burgers 500 portions at 300 baht (U can pay more if u wanna donate) by first cum first basis.. next week the location, timings to be announced.. The money we raid e will help them by giving cash to buy better carts or to buy insurance or other means of secured life Photo: courtesy Markwiens #helpstreetfood #gaggananand #itan #markwiens