Hanover (dpa / lni) - The second lockdown hit the GOP Varieté in the high season, with the online show "Kochbox live" the closed theater wants to keep in touch with the audience.

"We would like to offer a look behind the scenes and have a little fun for our guests," said kitchen director Holger Melchert.

The 50-year-old moderates the three-hour cooking show from the Varieté in Hanover, his colleague Jürgen Wawrzenetz (35) is at the stove.

Every Saturday, twelve parties, each with two people, can cook a three-course menu and interact with the professionals via zoom.

The participants buy a cooking box with the ingredients and drinks in advance.

You can pick them up at the theater or have them sent to you.

According to Melchert, the dates until mid-February are already fully booked.

Culture and gastronomy suffer immensely in the pandemic.

As in the spring, the GOP employees are on short-time work.

The online show “Kochbox live” is not a way out of the financial misery.

“We won't get rich with it.

But we can show: We are not gone, we are preparing for new shows, ”said Melchert.

The GOP restaurant can accommodate 90 guests, and before Corona it was fully booked twice on Saturdays.

The shows with acrobatics, magic and comedy watched 310 guests each weekend, many of whom booked a menu.

Other formats such as tutorials, i.e. instructional videos, are now to be created in the Varieté's specially set up cooking studio.


Numerous restaurants are becoming inventive because of the prescribed closings: Increasingly, they not only offer dishes to go, but also cook boxes with ingredients.

Another concept is the RV dinner.

Guests can drive their camper to the restaurant parking lot and eat there.

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