Just days after evacuating his own home with his family, celebrity chef Guy Fieri wasted no time in giving back to his fellow California wildfire victims and first responders.
The Food Network star says that he and his wife were awoken in their Santa Rosa home by the smell of smoke on Monday morning.
“The smoke was really bad,” Fieri told KQED. “We had to evacuate at two in the morning, and we grabbed what we could, taking pictures off the wall as fast as we could. Jumped in the truck, loaded in the dogs, and away we went.”
Though their house was unharmed by the wildfires, Fieri became determined to help his community by doing what he does best: cooking.
On Thursday, Fieri set up shop outside the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa with a wood-fired oven and a barbecue smoker in tow. He and his crew then started cooking coleslaw, barbecued chicken, bean salad, and other warm meals for anyone who needed one.
The star told news sources that on their first day alone, the crew managed to serve up roughly 3,700 meals to Sonoma County residents.
Fieri is also raising money in conjunction with the Salvation Army so he can continue cooking at least 5,000 meals a day for evacuees and volunteers.
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