Celebrity Chefs Serve Meals and Hope to Wildfire Survivors

"Thank you so much Guy for filling our bellies and lifting our spirits.”

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If cooking is the way into our hearts, these celebrity chefs are serving up some especially warming meals for the families and first responders who have been displaced during California’s wildfires.

World-renowned chef, José Andrés, and his charity, World Central Kitchen, make it their mission to feed those around the world affected by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Maria. For Andrés, lending a helping hand goes far beyond garnering publicity for a cause. It means personally reaching those in need, using his gifts to make an impact, and in the case of the hurricane in Puerto Rico, staying on the Carribean island for a year to serve over 3.6 million meals.

As Hurricane Florence was barrelling towards the Carolinas, he and his team risked their own lives for those facing the worst of the storm, serving as the only functioning hunger relief operation.

For Andrés, his work still isn’t done. Currently, he and Food Network star Tyler Florence teamed up with volunteers in Camp and Woolsley, California to feed the firefighters bravely putting out the blazing heat. The surprise doesn’t end there, however. On the side of their meal, the chefs added some comforting words of encouragement and expressed their gratitude for the firefighters, first responders, and animal shelters working tirelessly to accommodate the displaced pets.

Over in Flavortown, fellow Food Network chef, Guy Fieri has also been cooking up some comfort food for the police officers at Butte College and the evacuees and firefighters in Chico. Just last year, Fieri--who had to evacuate his own home in Santa Rosa--served thousands of meals to California families and first responders.

This year, he gave the citizens of Butte County a little something extra to feel thankful for this season, even amidst the devastation. In a Twitter post, the Butte County Sheriff’s page tweeted that his efforts brought hope to residents and law enforcement officers in the affected area.

“Guy Fieri made a surprise visit to serve dinner to everyone at the law enforcement staging area at Butte College. Thank you so much Guy for filling our bellies and lifting our spirits.”

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