Would you eat food prepared by HIV-positive chefs? A restaurant in which the food is prepared by HIV positive chefs has been launched in Tornoto, Canada.

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Casey House, Toronto’s first and only stand-alone hospital for people with HIV/AIDS recently ran a ‘Smash Stigma’ survey and found that 50 per cent of Canadians wouldn’t share a meal with, or eat food prepared by, somebody living with HIV/AIDS.

To combat the stigma around food prep, Casey House decided it was time to pull a bold stunt and open the restaurant.

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It was called June's Eatery, opened up and all meals were cooked by 14 HIV-positive people. They served four-course dinners on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 priced at $125 per person. The tickets to the event quickly sold out.

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Not many of the 14 chefs had set foot in a restaurant’s kitchen. But for the cause, they created four-course dinners for more than 100 patrons and sent jars of fancy soup to newsrooms across Canada as press invitations.

The 14 person team worked for hours with top Canadian chef Matt Basile to design the menu, which included Thai potato leek soup, heirloom salad, Arctic char parpadelle and grilled skirt steak and gingerbread tiramisu for dessert.

The chefs wore aprons that read, “Judge the cooking, not the cook,” “I got HIV from pasta, said no one ever,” and “I’m not a cook with HIV. I’m a cook.”

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