José Andrés has announced that his hunger relief non-profit organization—World Central Kitchen—has recruited a network of chefs to help fight and find smart solutions to end hunger and poverty worldwide. This front line includes world-renowned chefs like Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall, Spike Mendelsohn, and Andrew Zimmern. Together, this team will be recruited to various impoverished communities around the globe to make culinary curriculums, build smart kitchens, and lead trainings on food safety and sanitation. The point, says the team at World Central Kitchen, is not to just feed communities, but to teach them how to fend for themselves.
“As José Andrés and I traveled, it became clear that there was a need for looking at food issues through the eyes of a chef,” said Brian MacNair, executive director of World Central Kitchen. “The chef network is a group of Chefs that, at the heart, are committed to our mission. Using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. At times, the Chefs can help spread the word about particular projects or issues via social media, while at other times they may take a trip with us to one of our projects.”
MacNair said that if the everyday person wants to help the organization’s mission, they can eat at any one of José Andrés’ restaurants, as well as many of the network chefs’ restaurants, on World Food Day on Oct. 16, and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi