Missile hits José Andrés’ humanitarian kitchen in Ukraine
A missile hit a humanitarian kitchen run by chef José Andrés’ organization in Ukraine, injuring four team members, the nonprofit said.
The blast hit the World Central Kitchen in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Saturday, the Michelin-starred chef said.
“The @WCKitchen team and our Ukrainian comrades are nervous but safe after a missile attack on a restaurant in Kharkiv”, Andrés wrote on Twitter.
“Giving food in the midst of a meaningless war is an act of courage, resilience, endurance … and we will continue to cook”.
Nate Mook, chief executive of the nonprofit kitchen, also confirmed the missile attack and shared a video of burning cars, debris and other destruction in the neighborhood.
“Just a huge amount of carnage left behind for no reason. In this area there are offices there are residences. People live here. People work here, people cook here and it’s absolutely horrible brutality, ”Mook said in the video.
Although there were no casualties in the restaurant, Mook said he was “told that one person was killed in this strike.”
In an update on Sunday, Mook said the injured staff “were fine” and that the team wants to continue providing food to people displaced by the war.
“Really in awe of the courage of our partners @WCKitchen!” she wrote.
Mook said the team was moving all food and equipment from the kitchen to another location in Kharkiv.
“The work doesn’t stop!” she tweeted.
The organization launched by Andrés aims to provide meals in disaster and war zones.
In Ukraine, the non-profit organization has offices in nearly 30 cities and distributes nearly 30,000 meals a day.