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Jose Andres Recruits Chefs From Texas And Beyond to Assist With Hunger Relief Efforts

Cooks and other industry professionals are packing their knives and heading to Houston

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After arriving in Houston yesterday to cook for flood evacuees and relief workers, Chef Jose Andres is recruiting chefs from around the country to assist in the effort.

Through his World Central Kitchen nonprofit, Andres is building what he calls the Texas Strong Chef Network and setting up a kitchen in Houston where chefs, cooks, and other culinary professionals will “prepare food, serve, clean [and] help the many people in need of support through this challenging period.” Andres hasn’t said yet how long his organization will stay in Houston, but it appears as if the World Central Kitchen is here for the long haul.

In addition to the extra manpower, Andres is also requesting that visiting chefs bring much-needed supplies, like disposable food containers, cutting boards, and clean kitchen towels, to assist with food preparation. It’s a particularly timely request, considering that restaurants and industry professionals working to provide food assistance were struggling to source and deliver the supplies they needed to get meals on the table.

Culinary professionals interested in joining Andres in Houston can sign up via the World Central Kitchen website.