Celebrity Chef José Andrés Awarded Ukraine’s Order of Merit

Andrés’ nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, has been providing food to Ukrainians since the day after Russia launched its invasion.

Credit: Twitter / @WCKitchen
Credit: Twitter / @WCKitchen

Renowned Spanish chef José Andrés was awarded the Ukrainian Order of Merit by the country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Zelenskyy also presented the chief with a plaque on Ukraine's Walk of the Brave in Kyiv’s Constitution Square.

Just one day after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, Andrés’ nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen, began providing food to Ukrainians impacted by the war — and it hasn’t stopped. He and the org have partnered with many restaurants in Ukraine to serve meals and have set up sites across the border in other countries to serve refugees who fled for their lives.

“Thank you very much for your support. We feel that you have been with us since the very beginning of this tragedy – the full-scale invasion of the Russian aggressor. Thank you very much for standing with Ukrainians,” Zelenskyy said to Andrés during the plaque's unveiling.