The Mayor of Flavortown has earned yet more praise from the Internet after he helped to feed thousands of firefighters who are battling ongoing wildfires in California. Earlier this month, Guy Fieri and a team of volunteers prepared 2,000 meals of penne pasta, salad, and garlic bread.
"A MILLION THANKS to Guy Fieri and his talented team for bringing his delicious delights to Glass Fire base camp! He made a lot of people very happy & full today," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection wrote on Twitter.
Fieri's kind act attracted plenty of praise from social media users. "Guy has been a great guy for years," one user wrote. "Thank you for all you’ve done through the years using your talent to feed those that help us."
While another added, "Guy is a treasure to Sonoma Co. My son in law is on day 7 of a strike team from Contra Costa Co. What a treat to have a great meal from Guy and his team."
This latest act of kindness comes after Fieri announced that he would be leading a nationwide fundraising drive for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Money raised will be used to help restaurant workers who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Early estimates indicate that as many as five to seven million restaurant workers may lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis, and many already have,” Rob Gifford, President of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, told the Associated Press. “In the face of this pandemic, we are asking the nation to join us in protecting vulnerable restaurant workers through your generous financial support. Please donate online immediately at RERF.US so we can help those in need."
“My entire career has been in the restaurant business,” said Guy Fieri. “From bussing tables to flambe captain to dishwasher to chef… I’ve done it all. I’ve also spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling this great country meeting other folks who’ve dedicated their lives to this business and let me tell you something, they are the hardest working, most real deal workers you’ve ever met… the heartbeats of their communities. But they need our help and with Restaurant Relief America, we can serve up some support when these restaurant employees need it most… right now.”