Chef Jose Andres Says Medical Workers Can Eat Free at His Restaurants for the Rest of the Year
Chef Jose Andres has developed a well-earned reputation for stepping up enormously in dire times of need. The coronavirus pandemic is no exception to the Spanish celebrity chef getting well-deserved attention for doing the right thing.
On Friday morning, Andres announced via Twitter that when his extensive network of restaurants re-open, every active Doctor and Nurse will eat for free for the rest of the year. Andres referenced the fact that his mother, father, uncle, godmother were nurses, doctors, and a pharmacist. As a result of their tireless work, they will all eat for free at Andres-owned eateries. The celebrity chef tweeted:
This is my promise! My mom and dad, and uncle, and godmother were nurses, doctors, pharmacist! When I reopen my restaurants, I hope I will, every active Doctor and Nurse will eat for free for the rest of the year! Thankful #HeroesOfCovid19 @thinkfoodgroup https://t.co/HU1oHrbD5y
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) April 3, 2020
Andres was ostensibly inspired by a video of Mass General ICU nurses imploring people to stay at home and donate supplies to their local hospitals while they were treating COVID-19 patients. "We all have a part to play … we are begging you to do yours so we can do ours" the tweet caption read.
Andres used his fame as a celebrity chef to launch World Central Kitchen, a food relief organization that was featured in a 60 Minutes segment in the past year. Andres notably mobilized a team to help feed thousands of Puerto Rican Americans who were displaced by a spate of hurricanes in the past few years.
Andres owns and operates a network of dozens of restaurants in metropolitan areas like New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Las Vegas among many other places such as Orlando and Pennsylvania. A complete listing of his locations can be found here.