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Guy Fieri and Other Celebrity Chefs Are Helping to Feed the Kincade Fire Evacuees

Tyler Florence, Traci Des Jardins, and others have also been toiling at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Guy Fieri and Rep. Mike Thompson chat at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Guy Fieri and Rep. Mike Thompson chat at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
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At last telling, 460 people had crowded the Sonoma County Fairgrounds building, all taking refuge from the area’s devastating fire. They were joined Monday by a number of high-profile Bay Area chefs including Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence, Chris Cosentino, and Traci Des Jardins, all of whom prepared food for first responders and evacuees who are staying in the shelter.

World Central Kitchen, the disaster relief organization founded by chef José Andrés, announced last week that it had mobilized in response to the Kincade Fire, and would be serving firefighters and evacuees in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and beyond.

On Tuesday, California Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom tweeted that he’d paid a visit to WCK’s Kincade outpost, where he saw hundreds of volunteers — including chefs whose faces are familiar to anyone who’s ever watched the Food Network.

Rep. Mike Thompson, whose constituents include those in the fire zone, also tweeted from the WCK’s kitchen setup at the fairgrounds, where he apparently spent some time speaking with Fieri. This isn’t the Sonoma County restaurateur’s first fire: He attracted notice for serving first responders during the Camp Fire in November of 2018, and participated in a similar effort in October of 2017.

According to a tweet from Florence, the crew is preparing thousands of meals a day, and could use more volunteers. “We would prefer kitchen experience,” he says, “but if you have a strong back and can handle a knife, we’ll take you.” Opportunities to volunteer with WCK can be found here.

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