Spanish World Central Kitchen chef Jose Andres awarded Order of Merit by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Spanish World Central Kitchen chef Jose Andres awarded Order of Merit by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Jose Andres with Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Credit: Twitter@WCKitchen

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded Ukraine’s Order Of Merit to Spanish chef Jose Andres for his work with the World Central Kitchen in the country’s war zones.

Spanish chef Jose Andres has been on the front line of the war in Ukraine working with the World Central Kitchen. As a reward for his unmistakable courage and endeavour, he was today, Tuesday, November 22, awarded the Order of Merit by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

A tweet from the World Central Kitchen @WCKitchen read: “Thousands of Ukrainians have helped WCK serve nearly 180 million meals since February. Today, WCK’s @chefjoseandres was awarded the Order of Merit from President @ZelenskyyUa. This is a huge honour & our team is humbled to work side by side with Ukrainians to feed Ukrainians”.

During the conflict, Jose found himself constantly in danger of being blown up by Russian missiles. He has had some pretty close calls as he moved between the different regions setting up kitchens to feed the starving, often homeless, Ukrainian population.

Jose has kept the world up to date with the situation in Ukraine with regular posts on his Twitter profile. This afternoon he wrote: “Long way to go but Kherson city is slowly getting the aid of other agencies. Supermarkets are opening slowly….but not money! We are already in many villages around Kherson too…water too! With no electricity hot meals are necessary in some locations!”.


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Chris King

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