Just how Cuba' s artists took to your kitchen to earn their crust within lockdown

As Covid pushed the island’s economy to the brink of failure, musicians and film-makers found work out be creative – cooking, cooking and selling

Not really far from Havana’s Plaza de una Revolucion, where Che Guevara stares out nine storeys high in the side of Cuba’s Ministry from the Interior, Julio Cesar Imperatori perches on the edge of a table with the food prep of a shuttered restaurant.

“We started to run out of money, ” he says of himself and 2 friends, Osmany and Wilson. “Everyone was closing down. No one has been buying pictures. So we decided to make a move. We thought, everyone’s gotta consume and my grandmother, Eldia, she gets a recipe for pie. Therefore … the American Pie organization. ”

The United states Pie Co team with Julio Cesar Imperatori (right).

Julio Cesar Imperatori with his grandma Eldia; a framed photo used by Julio.

Sarah Sofia Gutierrez in her kitchen.

Sarah making spinach pastry; preparing a cake.

Dancer and jam-maker Christa Verena Hernandez and her husband Alex with their children, Leon and Aylin.

You have to queue at nighttime for ingredients. Then you get in your local store and there is nothing left.

Christa and Alexis rehearsing. (right) Christa, Kalia and Niela get ready jams for delivery; decorative addresses on the jams.

Leysa Medina, Evelyn Batista and Violena Ampudia of Las Frescas.

Las Frescas’ vegetarian generate; Las Frescas food out for shipping.

Related: ‘A country teetering on the precipice’: Castro’s Cuba in pictures

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