These 6 Chefs Are Doing Seriously Cool Things (That Have Nothing to Do With Cooking)
It’s a bird...It’s a plane...It’s Eric Ripert!
They slice. They dice. They sauté. And that’s just their day job.
NYC chefs make some of the most delicious food in the universe (and they have the Michelin stars to prove it). But did you know that several of the city’s best restaurateurs are also superheroes, doing their part to make New York City a better place?
When they’re not making us drool, these six chefs are helping people in need--and you can join them.
DANIEL BOULUD: CITYMEALS ON WHEELS
When this James Beard Award-winning chef isn’t overseeing one of his eight restaurants in New York City (we’re still trying to score a res at Daniel, BTW), he’s the Board of Directors Co-President of Citymeals on Wheels. He's also a part of the “Chefs Deliver” initiative, cooking and often personally delivering meals to elderly neighbors on a rotating basis.
CHRISTINA TOSI: HOT BREAD KITCHEN
How do we love the chef, founder and owner of Momofuku Milk Bar? Let us count the ways. One: Compost Cookies. Two: Crack Pie. Three: She’s on the board of directors for Hot Bread Kitchen, a bakery that helps low-income, minority and immigrant women channel their passion for baking into careers. Swoon.
ERIC RIPERT: CITY HARVEST
The master behind Le Bernardin and those ah-mazing lobster en brioche tartlets: We (really) heart Ripert. Another reason to love him? The celebrated chef serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Food Council for City Harvest, the not-for-profit that rescues perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it to soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs. This year, the organization will rescue 55 million pounds of food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million people facing hunger in New York City. Ripert himself oversees the dedicated “City Harvest refrigerator” in the restaurant’s kitchen where donations are kept, and offers “City Harvest Lunch,” where $5 from each meal goes straight to the charity.
MARIO BATALI: THE MARIO BATALI FOUNDATION
Making a mean linguine is only one of Batali’s many talents. Launched in 2008, the foundation created by the Babbo and Del Posto chef helps children in need all over the city, collaborating with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, God’s Love We Deliver and Food Bank NYC.
ANDREW ZIMMERN: SERVICES FOR THE UNDERSERVED
Before he was a celebrity chef, the host of the Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods was homeless for nearly a year. With support from his friends and family, he returned to the culinary world and began volunteering with Services for the UnderServed, which helps individuals in NYC facing homelessness, disabilities and mental illness.
MARC FORGIONE: FAMILY REACH
When he’s not serving up incredible steak at Restaurant Marc Forgione or American Cut, Forgione serves as a chef ambassador for Family Reach, an organization that provides support for families fighting cancer. To date, the events he’s coordinated have raised nearly $1 million to support patients grappling with medical costs.