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D.C. Celebrity Chef Jose Andres Arrives In Houston to Cook For Harvey Relief Efforts

The chef stocked up on pasta and sauce to feed hundreds

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It’s unclear exactly how he got here, but Washington, D.C.-based celebrity chef Jose Andres has arrived in Houston, and he’ll soon start helping the city’s restaurants meet the need for food assistance.

The chef arrived in Dallas earlier today before making the trek to Houston, and he’s ready to get down to business. Via his Twitter account, Andres posted a photo of a shopping cart filled to the brim with pasta sauce, noodles, and more groceries from a local Target store, all of which will be distributed to hunger relief efforts across the city. At present, thousands of evacuees from Houston and the Gulf Coast are staying in shelters, which means that the need is still significant.

The chef, who owns multiple restaurants in D.C. and is expected to open his first Texas eatery in Dallas-Fort Worth later this year, is no stranger to charitable giving. In 2010, Andres founded his World Central Kitchen nonprofit after seeing the devastation in Haiti. In addition to culinary training and education, the organization has also assisted in disaster relief efforts in Haiti, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States.

No word yet on how long Andres will be cooking for Houstonians in need, but it’s an awesome gesture from one of the country’s most prominent chefs. Eater has reached out to a representative for more details on Andres’ time in Space City. Stay tuned for updates.