Guy Fieri is at it again with his COVID-19 relief efforts. Earlier this week, the celebrity chef served up 1200 boxed lunches to healthcare workers and first responders at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in California.
Fieri and his team of family and friends rolled up in his 48-foot Stagecoach Smokehouse mobile kitchen just in time for a lunch of pulled pork, pasta with veggies, Caesar salad, and focaccia with caramelized onion and Parmesan. Yum.
The beloved Diners, Drive-ins and Dives host used a fat-tipped Sharpie to scribble a thank you note signed ‘GF’ for his initials on each box before personally distributing it.
“They all understand doctor’s writing, so they know that says,” Fieri said, referring to his own chicken scratch. His messages read, ‘Great work!,’ ‘Thank you!,’ and ‘Good job!.’
Fieri wore a mask and gloves and chatted up the heroes, thanking them and keeping the mood light, creating a much-needed pleasant atmosphere for the staff’s momentary refuge.
“I don’t know how you guys walk in the door, knowing what you’re faced with,” he told physician Mark Shapiro, according to The Press Democrat. “You guys are just warriors… You do this day and night.”
Fieri joked with a police officer dressed in a motorcycle jacket, referring to the rain, “On the bike today?”
“It’s just water,” the officer responded.
Fieri is no stranger to pitching in during a disaster. During the 2017 North Bay fires, the chef set up mobile kitchens to feed first responders and displaced residents. He said that feeding people in the pandemic has been ‘hugely more challenging’ due to supply chain issues and the new measures that need to be observed in order to ensure public health safety.
“I would say it was five times harder,” he said. “Getting meat, that was a tough one.”
Despite the logistical struggles, Fieri served lunch at two other hospitals this week, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. A personal commotion was able to assist him in acquiring 1,500 pounds of pork for this week’s hospital lunches.
Fieri thanked the team that helped pull it all off on Instagram:
The chef’s generosity toward frontline workers comes after Fieri’s collaboration with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to co-found RERF, the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, a relief effort distributing grants to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.
Today, Fieri will be joined by Bill Murray and both of the stars’ sons to duke it out in a nacho-making competition to raise even more money for RERF.