CHEFS TO UNITE FOR WORLD FOOD DAY ON OCTOBER 13, 2017WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 3, 2017World Central Kitchen, a non-profit founded by Chef José Andrés and focused on providing chef-driven solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, announces its fourth annual World Food Day, an event taking place on Friday, October 13, 2017, where over 150 restaurants nationwide will donate 10% of their proceeds to World Central Kitchen’s projects in Puerto Rico and Haiti.

This year, dining out at a participating restaurant on Friday, October 13 will mean supporting World Central Kitchen’s current efforts to support relief in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The team is already on the ground in Puerto Rico, being led by José Andrés and activating a growing network of chefs, to provide food and logistical assistance to the country’s residents. Proceeds from World Food Day will additionally go toward World Central Kitchen’s new culinary school in Port au Prince, Haiti, a place where the team has an established presence helping to train young chefs and lay the groundwork for continued culinary education.

Restaurants across the country will participate in World Food Day, with a roster of acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs including Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Alice Waters, Richard Sandoval, Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, Tim Love, Suzanne Goin, Ludo Lefebvre, Daniel Boulud, Roy Choi, Susan Feniger, Ming Tsai, Mary Sue Milliken, Aarón Sánchez, and more. World Food Day is proudly sponsored by tableware and serve ware supply company Front of the House.

“Now, more than ever, we have an important opportunity to unite and support each other, together we can improve lives and help those that need it around the world by dining out at one of these amazing restaurants,” commented Chef José Andrés, who founded World Central Kitchen in 2010 after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and continues to lead relief efforts alongside the World Central Kitchen chef team in hard-hit areas including most recently in Houston and Puerto Rico. “People, let’s get out and make a difference on World Food Day!”

“With every year, we continue to be amazed at the support for World Food Day,” notes Brian MacNair, Executive Director of World Central Kitchen. “Not only are we grateful to connect an incredible network of chefs and restaurateurs, we’re also excited to see guests come out and dine in support of this cause.”

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About World Central Kitchen
Founded by José Andrés, World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to create smart solutions to hunger and poverty. WCK is a catalyst of change through chef-driven programs that focus on improving health, education, and employment. Using chef expertise, WCK invests in safe cooking methods, new school kitchens, and culinary training—empowering communities and strengthening economies around the world. Since launching, their work has affected lives in Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States.