AN Edinburgh chef has announced she is giving away 100 free chocolate bars to key workers across Scotland.
Chiara Scipione, an Italian born chef and chocolatier, is inviting people to nominate their favourite Scottish key workers to receive a free bar of “COCOA-19”.
The bar, launched today, will be produced in limited numbers for lucky recipients and a handful of paying customers.
Nominations can be made through social media, using the hashtag #COCOA19 on Instagram.
Despite losing thousands of pounds due to the coronavirus, Chiara says she wanted to give something back.
Chiara said: “When COVID-19 hit, and lockdown measures came into place, my business was in trouble.
“I lost over £2,000 worth of bookings in just 24 hours, and had to entirely flip my business around. Since then, the support I’ve had from my customer base has been unbelievable.
“As I see it, people saved my business when I was in trouble, and now we are giving back.
“Key workers are tirelessly working to keep things going, and care for our most vulnerable, so I wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ – and what better way than to do it with chocolate?”
She added: “Five years ago, I decided that Scotland was going to be somewhere I wanted to call home – and it truly is home. It’s where I’ve finally realised my own dream to become self-employed and do what I love the most; care for people by cooking for them.”