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Chef José Andrés is Back on Twitter After Hiatus

Chef José Andrés is Back on Twitter After Hiatus

José Andrés is back on Twitter after tweeting that he had renounced it forever just two months ago

Jane Bruce

We knew he couldn’t stay away for long.

José Andrés is back on Twitter after denouncing social media forever. His retreat from Twitter only lasted two months, as this weekend, the James Beard Award-winning chef announced that he’s back on Twitter with an official announcement to his friends on “Tweeter,” and a photo of what he’s cooking his family for dinner tonight (it looks to be a chorizo broth, with a pot of simmering vegetables and black eyed peas to the right of the photo).

Although we were sad to see Andrés’ virtual presence go, he has cheated throughout his hiatus with frequent retweets. The Daily Meal reached out to Andrés to learn more about his return to Twitter, but has not yet received a response.

Andrés is known for his thought-provoking and brutally honest tweets, often in response to his critics. But perhaps the reason he is back on Twitter is to spread the word of his passion for changing American food policy (in his tweet from today that quoted an article by Mark Bittman about creating a national American food policy that would guarantee humane treatment of animals, healthful and affordable food resources for all, and food that is free of toxins, drugs, and chemicals).

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


José Andrés Gives Update on World Central Kitchen's Relief Efforts in Beirut

Plus, actor Russell Crowe made a major donation to one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants in the city.

Less than a day after a massive deadly explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, chef José Andrés&apos charitable nonprofit World Central Kitchen had already sent a team to the city, led by its director of field operations, Sam Bloch. After just 24 hours in the city, World Central Kitchen had joined forces with celebrated chef and humanitarian Kamal Mouzawak to deliver more than 800 meals to hospitals, first responders, and isolated senior residents.

"On our first day, the team prepared hummus sandwiches and Molokhia, a traditional Sunday meal that reminds everyone who knows it of home," WCK wrote in its first report from the capital city. "Molokhia is made with chicken or other meat, and a leafy green called nalta jute with a healthy amount of garlic! Additionally, the team prepared kefta sandwiches, made with yellow onions, sumac, parsley, and hummus."

The organization has significantly expanded its operation in the past week-plus. Its volunteers are now working in 10 kitchens—including some inside local restaurants—to prep and deliver more than 10,000 fresh meals every day. “We have all the restaurants around ground zero, so we are covering all the needs from every angle,” Andrés said on Thursday. "This is a big city [. ] and we make sure we bring the restaurants close to where the need is. Many of this food is going to go to some hospitals, Red Cross, etc. I think we are going to be stabilizing around 10,000 meals a day, if we need to go up [above that number] we will, that&aposs what we do."

In the wake of the destruction, chefs and restaurateurs are also faced with the daunting task of trying to rebuild their damaged businesses. Yesterday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for Le Chef, a 53-year-old Gemmayze restaurant that became a fast favorite of late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

"[Chef Charbel Bassil&aposs] infamous &aposWelcoooome,&apos and the restaurant&aposs warm food and even warmer hospitality have been a constant source of comfort for so many over the years," the fundraiser&aposs description explains. "Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by Le Chef on both of his visits to Beirut, described it as &aposa legendary spot, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.&apos"

The organizers wrote that all donations would be used to reconnect Le Chef&aposs electricity, fix broken windows, and replace the refrigerator and stove that were damaged by the blast. Its original goal was set at $13,000 and, as NBC News reported, one generous donation came from someone with a familiar-sounding name.

Journalist Richard Hall, who co-launched the GoFundMe, mentioned a $5,000 contribution from "Russell Crowe" on Twitter, adding that he didn&apost know if it was "the Russell Crowe." It was.

"[The donation was] on behalf of Anthony Bourdain," the Russell Crowe tweeted. "I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around. I wish you and LeChef the best and hope things can be put back together soon."

If you would like to donate to World Central Kitchen&aposs ongoing efforts in Beirut, you can make either a one-time or a recurring contribution on its website. In addition, you can also give directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.


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