Do you know the name José Andrés? I didn’t until I ran across an article on him while flying home from Portugal. Andrés is one of the world’s finest chefs. He has won numerous national and world-wide awards for his work and he currently owns twenty restaurants around the world.
He is best known for bringing the Spanish concept of “small plates” or tapas to the United States.
But not many people know what he should truly be known for. In 2010 he founded World Central Kitchen--a non profit organization utilizing the skills of chefs all over the world to provide food for people victimized by natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. His organization serves as a first responder in these types of disasters helping to alleviate one of the first consequences of such disasters--lack of food.
Recently when Puerto Rico was struck by Hurricane Maria, World Central Kitchen served over 3 million meals. Andrés even wrote a book about that effort titled, The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal At A Time.
They set up operations in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, in Southern California during the recent Thomas Wildfire, and in South Carolina following Hurricane Florence to name just a few.
The World Central Kitchen currently feeds 5 million meals a day. That’s remarkable! One man with a skill set, a heart to serve and a vision did this.
You have heard me ask this question many times—what is it in the community you live in that breaks your heart? What need is there that is not receiving the attention it deserves? What can you do about it? Don’t let the fact that you are just one person dissuade you. Nearly every meaningful idea that has ever come true in our world came from one person who built a following around that idea.
Today, I offer thanks for José Andrés.