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You Won’t Believe This Chef’s Solution To Social-Distance Friendly Cuisine

He came up with a sandwich that people can enjoy while still following coronavirus guidelines.


While it will be great to see co-workers again and give our Zoom accounts a break, some folks are getting a bit anxious about facing the "real" world, now that coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in most areas.

That's what prompted a few eateries in Cirencester, Gloucestershire to collaborate on a lunch option that may ease the social-distance fears of those returning to their offices – although it's definitely not going to solve that I'm used to wearing-sweatpants-every-day problem.

Chefs at the Corn Hall Deli and MBB Brasserie restaurant, along with Cam Butchers and Halls Bakery, have invented a 6-foot sandwich that can be shared by two hungry co-workers without having to invade each other's personal space.

This sandwich is not for the faint of heart, or full of stomach. SWNS

The cheeky lunch special, which is priced at £20 (about $25), was the idea of executive chef Ethan Rodgers, who says his business has had to adapt as the coronavirus restrictions continue to change.

In March, Rodgers and his staff started offering free grocery delivery and curbside pick-up so that people in the village could safely get fresh produce, bread and prepared meals when shops and restaurants were closed.

"We have been asked a lot since measures started to ease about sandwiches and take away and we were able to do take away coffees," Rodgers told the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. "But this is a fun example of what we are doing here."

The Back to Work Baguette will be available once the cafe opens for dine-in service. SWNS

The "Back to Work Baguette" sandwich is piled high with bacon, sausage and other traditional toppings and is meant to be shared by two people from opposite ends of the super-long bun.

While cafés and restaurants in Great Britain are still not offering dine-in service, Rodgers and his staff are still offering normal-sized sandwiches, pastries and other options for pick-up until they're given the green light to open completely.

The mammoth baguette will be on the menu once dine-in service resumes.

The Corn Hall Deli has been offering delivery and pick-up services for people in the village since the pandemic started. @cornhalldeli

We think it's hilarious, and impressive, that Chef Rodgers and his crew put so much time and effort into creating the Back to Work Baguette. Maybe other restaurants will catch on and start coming up with their own social distance-friendly culinary creations. (We're looking at you, Subway!)

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