José Andrés Is Serving Puerto Rico's "Biggest-Ever Thanksgiving Dinner"

José Andrés Is Serving Puerto Rico's "Biggest-Ever Thanksgiving Dinner"

The chef is a truly a hero and an inspiration.

By Alesandra Dubin

Remember when Anthony Bourdain called chef José Andrés an "American hero" for his relief work in Puerto Rico? That certainly sounded like the right assessment of the chef, who was on the ground serving in the neighborhood of 100,000 meals daily to people in need. As of the end of last month, the chef had served a staggering total of 2.2 million meals since September to people in need on the island.

Well, Thanksgiving is coming up — and you never doubted he had a plan for serving the people, did you? Indeed, the World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit led by the chef, is gearing up to serve "what may be the island’s biggest-ever Thanksgiving dinner," according to Eater. Think 40,000 meals this week, all thanks to Andrés and his massive mobilized team of chefs and volunteers.

The outreach this week is planned for families affected in areas around the island, including San Juan, Vieques, Naguabo, Adjuntas, Ponce, Dorado, Utuado, Aguadilla, and Manatí — and the meals will also feed volunteers, according to Eater.

This year, we're thankful for tireless helpers like the chef and Bethenny Frankel — and other people who have shown themselves truly worthy of that "hero" moniker.

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