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Celebrity chef’s group feeds the hungry on Spain’s eruption-hit La Palma

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LA PALMA, Spain, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Working in shut proximity to the red-hot lava flowing from a volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, emergency employees anxiously await their lunch break – and whereas any meals would do, it tastes higher when it comes from a star chef’s kitchen.

Chef Jose Andres’ non-profit World Central Kitchen (WCK) has been delivering sizzling meals, sandwiches and water to hundreds of evacuees in addition to the emergency employees overseeing residents’ elimination from hurt’s approach.

“Although there are so many of us, it seems like there’s a lack of personnel … including those who come down to give us a sandwich! It seems silly but after eight hours on the ground it’s fundamental,” mentioned Captain Diego Ortiz of the Guardia Civil police drive.

Arriving in considered one of the emptied neighbourhoods in a van, WCK volunteer Pablo Pais informed Reuters: “The lava’s very close. Until the day before yesterday there were still people in these houses.”

The non-profit began cooking 200 meals a day early in the eruption – which started on Sept. 19 – and is now making 1,400, with the quantity rising each day, mentioned Olivier de Belleroche, a 45-year-old chef from Madrid who works for WCK.

After the director of an area resort steered utilizing up all the resort’s meals shares as creeping lava threatening to chop off energy strains, WCK and its companions organised a big convoy of meals for the army, rescue employees and evacuees, he mentioned.

“It’s very emotional, that sense of constantly being on the alert, so many people losing their homes,” Belleroche mused after pulling a tray full of dozens of sealed sizzling meals out of the oven in a bustling kitchen ceded by a grocery store chain.

“You grow more involved with the people – I’ve been doing this for four weeks now,” he added, explaining that originally he had come only for a number of days.

WCK head Andres is understood for his modern cooking and credited with popularising tapas in America in the Nineties.

He has just lately partnered with the Archewell charity of Britain’s Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan Markle to arrange a sequence of group reduction centres in disaster-stricken areas round the world.

Writing by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Clara-Laeila Laudette and Paul Simao

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Pablo Pais and Fernando Quindos, volunteers of NGO World Central Kitchen, upload supplies into a van before delivering them to emergency workers in a controlled area in Los Llanos de Aridane as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Olivier de Belleroche, chef of NGO World Central Kitchen, gestures inside a refrigerator before preparing meals for evacuated residents and emergency workers in Los Llanos de Aridane, as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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