Chef José Andrés Cooks for Victims in Puerto Rico
In the wake of tragedy, it’s always heartwarming to see the food community band together. After Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico last week, the entire island is in total devastation—its 3.5 million residents are without power and are quickly running out of food, water, and other essentials.
One of San Juan’s most celebrated chefs, Jose Enrique, has opened up his namesake restaurant’s kitchen to serve up large batches of homemade sancocho (a hearty Puerto Rican beef stew) in his severely-damaged neighborhood of Santurce, EBC New York reports. And yesterday, award-winning celebrity chef José Andrés flew down to the devastated island to lend a hand.
Both chef Josés have spent the past few days loading up multiple food trucks with hundreds of meals to distribute to those desperate for food in San Juan. They are also prepping comforting soup and sandwiches for patients at area hospitals, and whipped up a giant paella for elderly residents at an assisted living facility.
The duo is working hard to find more fuel and generators to continue to serve local neighborhoods. The hard-hitting hurricane wiped out 80% of the island’s agricultural industry, so food will continue to be hard to come by in America’s island territory for months.
If you’d like to contribute to their efforts, donations can be sent to Andrés’s humanitarian organization, World Central Kitchen. Please share the love using #ChefsForPuertoRico.