A host of celebrity chefs have pitched in to help feed the evacuees and first responders fighting the massive Camp and Woolsey fires that have already forced thousands of people to evacuate portions of both southern and northern California.
Working with chef José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen organization, Food Network’s Tyler Florence and his team are on the ground cooking for those in need in a northern portion of the state. Andrés even thanked Florence for his help in a tweet shared on Sunday, November 11, writing, “Thank you @TylerFlorence and your amazing team Kerrie & @MattMasera for being part of @WCKitchen Food First Responders in Chico! This is what it’s all about… our community working side-by-side to serve those in need during these difficult times. #CampFire.”
Thank you @TylerFlorence and your amazing team Kerrie & @MattMasera for being part of @WCKitchen Food First Responders in Chico! This is what it’s all about… our community working side-by-side to serve those in need during these difficult times. #CampFire pic.twitter.com/yokgwsVQdW
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 12, 2018
The Camp fire, which is burning in Butte County in northern California, has already destroyed more than 6,400 homes. The Woolsey fire, which is still raging to the south near Malibu, California, has already spread to 85,500 acres and forced thousands of evacuations. Stars Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Camille Grammer and Gerard Butler have all lost their houses in that blaze.
Both fires started late last week, and by Friday, November 9, Andrés shared that World Central Kitchen already had two separate teams on the ground in northern and southern California prepping food for those in need. “Proud of how quickly our @WCKitchen team can activate and be cooking! Two WCK kitchens now operational for #WoolseyFire and #CampFire!,” he wrote.
In a series of subsequent updates, the Spanish-born chef said WCK has prepared thousands of meals for evacuees and first responders alike. Roasted pork loin with garlic mash and citrus broccoli, and a sundried tomato with almonds and feta salad was on the menu in Chico, while southern California evacuees were fed a meal of smoked pork with a grain mustard sauce, roasted winter squash and brown rice and local tomato and green salad with maple-balsamic vinaigrette.
Our @WCKitchen Food First Responders serving fresh meals to these heroes from Fillmore putting out #WoolsleyFire flare ups in Westlake! They are working non-stop with big threat from winds starting tonight… #ChefsForCalifornia pic.twitter.com/HvCjepzA1j
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 11, 2018
What’s more? Andrés and his team have also been hand-delivering meals to firefighters and other first responders tirelessly fighting both blazes. “Our @WCKitchen Food First Responders serving fresh meals to these heroes from Fillmore putting out #WoolsleyFire flare ups in Westlake,” he tweeted on Saturday, November 10. “They are working non-stop with big threat from winds starting tonight.”
This is hardly the first time Andrés and World Central Kitchen has cooked for those displaced by natural disasters. The foundation cooked more than 80,000 meals for Hurricane Florence evacuees back in September, and in July, fellow celebrity chef Guy Fieri joined Andrés to prepare meals for victims of California’s Carr fire.
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