Chef José Andrés’ Global Central Kitchen Destroyed by Russian Missile – Deadline

Russian missiles raining down on the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine, yesterday killed two people and injured 18. Among the latter group were workers at celebrity chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, a charity effort that has spread across the country for to feed those suffered by the war.

WCK CEO Nate Mook announced the terrible news on Twitter, writing, “An update I hoped I would never have to do. I’m at a @WCKitchen restaurant in Kharkiv, where less than 24 hours ago I was meeting their amazing team. Today, a missile stuck. 4 staff members were injured. It’s the reality here: cooking is an act of heroic bravery.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, has been hammered by Russian bombardment all week, killing dozens, including at least three children.

Amidst the destruction, Andrés himself posted an update on WCK personnel: “To everyone caring and sending best wishes to the team in Kharkiv, thank you, the injured are well, and everyone is ready and willing to start cooking in another place”.

He ended with, “Many ways to fight, we do it with food!”

On Sunday, Mook posted a video of the organization’s staff already rebuilding at this alternate Kharkiv site.

“The work does not stop! Today, the restaurant team is moving all undamaged food items and equipment to another kitchen location in Kharkiv,” Mook wrote. “The injured staff are fine and the whole team here wants to keep cooking. Really impressed by the bravery of our partners @WCKitchen!

Also on Sunday, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley, said Confront the Nation to see food depots and warehouses explode – facilities that contain nothing but food.

“There is no doubt that food is used as a weapon of war in different ways [in Ukraine],” he added.

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