After Serving 40,000 Thanksgiving Dinners To Puerto Ricans, Chef Jose Andres’ Energy Is Spreading On The Island
Before chef José Andrés lead the charge to feed Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria, he was well known as a restaurant owner, creating dishes that combined the culinary arts with science.
Probably not as large of an undertaking, however, as feeding 3 million people in Puerto Rico, most of whom still don’t have electricity, water or food. Even so, Andrés has figured out how to expand his initiative across the island.
No stranger to leading philanthropic efforts after disasters, he helped out in Haiti after the earthquake that rocked the small country in 2010.
He brought awareness to the health risks of cooking indoors with coal, and not only educated Haitians of the dangers of doing so, but also brought over propane stoves to help solve the issue.
Now, Andrés is urging the U.S. government to prepare for future catastrophes. Providing aid hasn’t been easy. He’s found bureaucratic red tape at every turn after Hurricane Maria. Still, he’s persevered and managed to provide 40,000 hot meals for Thanksgiving. He’s even found ways to get food to the most difficult to reach parts of Puerto Rico.
After a slow start, Andrés has gathered a culinary army, which has made over 3 million meals to date.
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 23, 2017
For being up since 4 a.m., this is a fairly spry group of chef.
It’s no surprise they’re excited to be doing this work. Andrés brings high energy to his work, and it seems to be rubbing off.
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 22, 2017
I mean, the man is just making vats of gravy, but the joy in his voice brings smiles to all the faces around him.
Andrés, as one Twitter user said, is a “one man FEMA,” making it easier to bring food to those in need.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 27, 2017
The situation in Puerto Rico continues to be dire, but with Andrés and his food army doing their best day and night, they’re making it a bit more bearable.
[H/T] CBS News
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