Celebritiy Chef José Andrés Helps Feed Thousands in Puerto Rico
It’s been nearly two weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, and more than half of its population is still without electricity, access to clean water— as well as experiencing shortages in food and basic living supplies.
The catastrophic damages and humanitarian crisis caused by the hurricane has compelled and mobilized many around the world to support in whichever way they best could. Some of industries biggest Latin stars like Ricky Martin, Nicky Jam, Luis Fonsi, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, among others, boarded a flight on Monday morning headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico carrying a load of food, water and other necessities intended to be distributed to those in need.
Among the many who have been moved to action is Spanish-American celebrity chef José Ramón Andrés Puerta, best known as José Andrés. José Andrés is often accredited for bringing the concept of “small plates” or better known as “tapas” to America. Puerta also founded the World Central Kitchen after the earthquake of 2010 that devastated Haiti, with the belief that “food can be an agent of change.” Since then the growing network of chefs has expanded and reached communities in countries like Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States.
Chef Andrés touched down in Puerto Rico on September 25th and since then has helped serve a hot plate of food for tens of thousands on the island, documenting his journey along the way on Twitter.
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 2, 2017
Under the initiative #ChefsforPuertoRico, the chef, alongside thousands of volunteers have helped distribute sandwiches and wraps, as well as hot plates of food like sancocho, paella, and Shepard’s pie, amongst other appetizing meals all around the island of Puerto Rico.
And as if he weren’t already leading by example, Chef Andrés took a couple of jabs at President Donald Trump by tweeting a series of tweets sharing how he would help Puerto Rico with the relief of Hurricane Maria if he were president.
Chef Andrés and the team at #ChefsforPuertoRico have gone from feeding a few hundreds to now thousands in the span of just a week. They’ve found strategic and effective ways of reaching the smaller towns by utilizing food trucks to help distribute the more remote areas. Their help doesn’t just extend to communities and/or the general public but in the video below the chef and team are seen providing food for a local hospital in need.