As firefighters in Northern California race to contain the devastating Kincade Fire, a group of celebrity chefs have come together to feed the thousands of displaced evacuees and first responders.
Chef Guy Fieri joined forces with Tyler Florence, Traci Des Jardins and José Andrés of the non-profit World Central Kitchen. They, along with hundreds of other volunteers, have been feeding about 6,000 people a day.
#KincadeFire update: We served just under 6000 meals today with @WCKitchen here at the Sonoma Fairgrounds. DM me if you want to volunteer anytime this week. We would prefer kitchen experience, but if you have a strong back and can handle a knife, we’ll take you. pic.twitter.com/4Ubo9asjvg
— Tyler Florence (@TylerFlorence) October 28, 2019
This is not the first time the group has volunteered in the event of a Northern California wildfire.
In 2018, the group rallied about 100 chefs and 800 volunteers to cook and serve Thanksgiving dinner for victims and first responders in the Camp Fire.
In 2017, Fieri himself, who lived in Santa Rosa, was forced to evacuate when the Tubbs Fire destroyed the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Yet, he still volunteered, serving thousands of meals per day.
“With these fires, and the evacuations and with all the people that have lost their homes, we’re feeding over 5,000 people a day,” Fieri said in 2017.
Other celebrities have also stepped up to help during this disaster, including wrestler John Cena, who pledged to donate $500,000 to firefighters in California.