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  • Controversial
  • Eye Opening
  • Concrete Examples


When famed restaurateur Chef José Andrés landed on hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, he had no crisis management plan. He just knew he wanted to feed people. This riveting account covers his relief efforts as he formed Chefs for Puerto Rico. With thousands of volunteers, 24 kitchens, seven food trucks, donations and two FEMA contracts, the Chefs overcame many hurdles – like no electricity – to feed traumatized people. Andrés exposes the weaknesses of government’s relief. Telling his tale chronologically, he shows how a few people can make a big difference in a crisis, and demonstrates the healing benefits of making and eating good food.

About the Author

José Andrés is an internationally known chef, restaurant owner and best-selling author. The James Beard foundation named him “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2018. Author and Guardian columnist Richard Wolffe co-wrote two cookbooks and two television series with Andrés. 


In September 2017, Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico with 155 mph winds.

Maria, a category five hurricane, traveled west spreading devastation across Puerto Rico. Renowned chef José Andrés had trained in Puerto Rico and owned a restaurant on Dorado Beach. Finding it difficult to get information about the damage after the storm, he writes that he decided to go see for himself.

Andrés details gathering supplies for the trip and contacting chef Jose Enrique Montes, who had a restaurant in Santurce, though, Andrés relates, Maria had wrecked it.

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