The humanitarian kitchen of chef José Andrés destroyed by a Russian missile
(CNN) – According to the charity that runs it, a Ukraine-based humanitarian kitchen linked to famous chef José Andrés was destroyed by a Russian missile in the northeastern city of Kharkiv.
“An update I hoped I would never have to do. I’m in a @WCKitchen restaurant in Kharkiv, where less than 24 hours ago I was meeting their amazing team,” Mook wrote along with a video of himself standing in the flames of cars. and badly damaged buildings.
“This is the reality here: cooking is a heroic act of courage.”
Frefighters on site after a Russian missile hit a World Central Kitchen partner restaurant in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine on Saturday, April 16.
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The northeastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest, has been regularly bombed since Russia began its invasion more than six weeks ago.
On Sunday, Mook shared an update from Kharkiv, indicating that the injured staff “were fine” and the restaurant team was moving “all undamaged food and equipment” to another location in the city.
“The work doesn’t stop,” he added.
Andrés also took to Twitter to address the strike, as well as providing an update on the well-being of the restaurant staff.
Founded by Andres in 2010, WCK, an organization focused on providing meals in disaster and war zones, has been providing food to Ukrainians since the start of the conflict, with units in around 30 cities across the country, according to its official website.
On April 15, Andrés shared a chart detailing the extent of the organization’s business in Ukraine, including the establishment of over 300 restaurants and the delivery of over 300,000 meals a day.
Top image: José Andrés. Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images