Protesters Now Have a Professional Chef, Organic Ingredients

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 3:  Wall Street protesters get breakfast at a communal kitchen filled with donated food at Zuccotti Park that hundreds of activists are occupying on October 3, 2011 in New York City.  Hundreds of activists affiliated with the 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrations have been living in the park in the Financial District near Wall Street. The activists have been gradually converging on the financial district over the past two weeks to rally against the influence of corporate money in politics among a host of other issues. Over 700 people were arrested last weekend on the Brooklyn Bridge after temporarily blocking traffic.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 3: Wall Street protesters get breakfast at a communal kitchen filled with donated food at Zuccotti Park that hundreds of activists are occupying on October 3, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of activists affiliated with the 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrations have been living in the park in the Financial District near Wall Street. The activists have been gradually converging on the financial district over the past two weeks to rally against the influence of corporate money in politics among a host of other issues. Over 700 people were arrested last weekend on the Brooklyn Bridge after temporarily blocking traffic. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

Dinner at Zuccotti Park is getting better by the day with a system in place that includes a practiced chef, organic produce, and a large preparation space courtesy of an East New York soup kitchen. Eric Smith, a former chef at a midtown hotel, was laid off last year and is now cooking for more than 1,000 people every night as a volunteer. The Post reports, with class-warfare exaggeration:

So last night, for example, while your family of four may have been forced to resort to Hamburger Helper, thanks to Smith's culinary magic, hordes of Occupy Wall Street protesters instead feasted on organic chicken, spaghetti Bolognese, roasted beet and sheep’s milk-cheese salad and wild heirloom potatoes.

Another night it was "salmon cakes with dill sauce and some quinoa salad and a wonderful tomato salad with fennel and red onion," with many of the ingredients donated by small organic farms upstate. No word on dessert, but we'll just assume: cake.

Protest mob is enjoying rich diet [NYP]