Guy Fieri, Jose Andres, and Wolfgang Puck Using Their Clout to Help Restaurants and Communities

by Jeremy Spirogis
Guy Fieri and José Andrés providing Thanksgiving meals to wildfire victims in California, 2018

It’s a determined time proper now for these within the restaurant {industry}.

Guy Fieri and José Andrés providing Thanksgiving meals to wildfire victims in California, 2018
Guy Fieri and José Andrés offering Thanksgiving meals to wildfire victims in California, 2018 | Karl Mondon/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News by way of Getty Images

These three well-known cooks are doing their half to assist employees in each manner attainable proper now.

Guy Fieri launches a reduction fund for laid-off restaurant employees

With the present pandemic forcing eating places to shut and limiting them to take-out and meals deliveries solely, restaurant workers and servers are shedding earnings ad infinitum for after they may return to work, in the event that they do.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), which is the National Restaurant Association’s fundraising department, has introduced {that a} reduction fund has been initiated. Officially referred to as “Restaurant Relief America,” the trouble will embrace particular person $500 grants for dishwashers, servers, bartenders, cooks, and cooks.

When Food Network star Guy Fieri heard what the NRAEF was doing to assist out the {industry}, he needed in.

“Guy heard we were forming a relief fund and wanted to partner with us,” mentioned Rob Gifford, President of the NRAEF. “He’s been a fantastic partner since he’s so passionate about the project.”

In throwing his full assist behind the trouble, the Guy’s Grocery Games host mentioned, “I’ve . . . spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling this great country meeting other folks who’ve dedicated their lives to this business . . . they are the hardest working, most real deal workers you’ve ever met … the heartbeats of their communities.”

Donations might be made on the identical website the place restaurant staff can apply for one-time grants, at RERF.US.

Wolfgang Puck is asking the president to think about emergency insurance coverage protection for eating places presently

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has joined fellow famend cooks Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Dominique Crenn to type BIG, (Business Interruption Group), a brand new nationwide authorized, political, and communications marketing campaign launched in partnership with an industry-savvy insurance coverage lawyer.

The group has spoken by cellphone to President Trump for his help in speaking with insurance coverage firms, who’ve, for probably the most half, denied eating places help in the course of the pandemic. Specifically, they’re requesting the U.S. president to step in on their behalf. And it appears to be like like Mr. Trump is sympathetic.

Puck mentioned, “We were encouraged by our conversation with the president about the urgent need to help the restaurant industry. All of us paid business interruption insurance for years to protect the livelihood of our employees. If the restaurant industry collapses, it has a massive effect on the entire economy. . .”

Hopefully, the restaurant {industry} will discover a measure of reduction by means of the president’s intervention with insurance coverage firms on their behalf.

José Andrés is as soon as once more firing up his pots and pans to feed these in want

In the midst of latest catastrophes, specifically the Puerto Rican 2017 devastation after Hurricane Maria and the 2018 California wildfires, one group that might be counted on to be on the scene was celebrated Spanish chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK). WCK stands on the able to feed first responders, communities, and households in want. Helping out hurting communities appears to be Andrés’ mission.

Over two weeks in the past, Andrés’ eating places have been a number of the first to shut because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Mar. 17, the chef reopened some to function “community kitchens” as a part of WCK’s work that has attained visibility throughout catastrophes. The meals from these group kitchens are supplied at lowered costs, and can be found free to these unable to pay. They can be donated to others.

The chef said on Twitter, “27 years ago I opened @Jaleo….today we are closed. This is a hard time, but we are one big family & we will get through this. We can all take care of each other…sometimes that’s all it takes. So be strong. We can change the world through the power of food.”

Hopefully, all of those extraordinary measures by these people will result within the assist that hardworking restaurant and hospitality professionals want now.

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