José Andrés cooks for the victims of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

José Andrés cooks for the victims of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach

The Spanish chef José Andrés today took his "paella operation" to the victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida, which has left at least 19 dead in the southeastern United States and great destruction in the Florida cities of Mexico Beach and Panama City, in the northwestern county of Bay.

The Spaniard, who traveled to Bay County this week, today offered to the victims and rescue workers "rice with chicken," according to his Twitter account.

This area, where at least nine people have died, was the most devastated by the winds, the rains and the cyclone tide caused by Michael, who made landfall last Wednesday in Mexico Beach as a major hurricane.

To this city, of just a thousand inhabitants and destroyed by 75 percent, José Andrés arrived today to prepare "thousands" of meals as part of a social initiative of his business conglomerate, World Central Kitchen.

The cook, who has published photos of the devastation in Mexico Beach, says it is "incredible" destruction in this city.

After feeding those affected by cyclone Maria in Puerto Rico, and Florence in the southeastern United States, the cook now serves the victims of a city in ruins and hungry, as some of its residents have complained in the media.

"We are analyzing closely the magnitude of the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and we are ready to raise our response to serve also the shelters that need it," he explained in recent days to Efe Jeannette Moreland, of World Central Kitchen.

The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, who is visiting the city today, said that the number of officers of the Florida National Guard who help in the rescue and distribution of water and food has increased to 4,000.


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