Stagiaires are young, often unpaid cooks-in-training. Those working at Mugaritz lost their valuable knives in the devastating fire recently. Replacing their costly tools of the trade will be difficult for these young cooks, yet not having them is not an option. Their plight is surely insignificant in the face of the disasters in Haiti and Chile. But what price a dream?
If you're a frequent visitor to one of the many food forums on the web, you might recognize the name John Sconzo, docsconz as he is known thereabouts. John has set up a fund via the Slow Food chapter in Saratoga to help these young cooks replace their knives. Their goal is to raise $2,500, and they are ever-so-close. So, if you could spare even a few dollars - give up your $4 latte tomorrow morning perhaps - please consider helping these young cooks continue in their pursuits.