It often seems like the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has turned everyone into toilet paper-hoarding animals. The crisis seems to be bringing out the worst in a lot of folks. But one Michelin-star chef is showing that even when things are bad, people can still do good.
You may never have heard of him, but Chef Jose Andres is a culinary giant. The owner of multiple 5 Michelin star restaurants, he could easily have retreated somewhere safe and waited this out. He could have laid off his employees and closed his restaurants until the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic had passed.
But that’s not what he did. Here’s the lowdown from the Good News Network:
For years, Chef José Andrés and his charity have been praised for feeding the world’s most vulnerable people—and now, he is turning his own 5-star restaurants into food kitchens for families who may be having trouble making ends meet during the COVID-19 outbreaks.
Although Andrés announced that this restaurants will be closed to the general public until further notice, the celebrity chef did say that eight of his acclaimed Washington D.C. and New York City locations would still be serving gourmet food to out-of-work families and struggling workers.
The soup kitchen employees will be asking for $7 per to-go meal, but for “those who cannot afford to pay, we will welcome as well,” Andrés added in a statement.
The makeshift soup kitchens will begin serving takeout meals starting today between noon and 5PM. Furthermore, all of his employees will be getting paid time off for the first two weeks.
Andrés’s charity, World Central Kitchen, has also been serving up meals to people affected by the coronavirus, including the quarantined cruise ship passengers and staffers aboard the Grand Princess.
From Little Rock, Arkansas to San Francisco, the charity has already served up several thousand meals to students and families amidst school closures.
People of America…Important News: All my restaurants in DC area are closed until further notice. Here at @ThinkFoodGroup safety of employees & guests is too priority. Some restaurants will transform into Community Kitchens to offer to-go lunches for those who need a meal. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/3HTyT607ZI— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 15, 2020
Don’t let the crisis around the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic turn you into a hoarding, selfish zombie. Find a way to help and…
Keep the faith and keep after it!
Original article by McKinley Corbley on goodnewsnetwork.org March 17, 2020.