June 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Restaurants are struggling to stay open while millions of Americans are seeking help from food banks as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) have a solution. They joined Washington Post Live to discuss joint efforts on food relief and national service legislation during this critical time.
Restaurateur and "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio also examined the impact of the pandemic on restaurants and explain how the industry needs to adapt in order to survive.
Highlights
Chef José Andrés and Sen. Chris Coons discuss the FEED Act, a bill that would allow local and state governments to partner with restaurants and nonprofit groups to feed those in need. ‘We can connect the need with the restaurants, and all of a sudden we’ve solved many problems. We are able to put people to work, we are able to feed the hungry...,’ Andrés said.
  • Jun 9
Chef José Andrés says he thinks it’s vital that the federal government pass legislation to help small business, specifically restaurants, recover from the coronavirus pandemic. ‘We need to do more, and we need to do better.’
  • Jun 9
When asked what he thinks of calls to defund the police, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said he doesn’t support closing police departments, but does support increasing funding issues like mental health, homelessness and addiction. ‘ I don’t think we can move forward as nation toward being more just if we don’t increase our investment in areas that haven’t had enough investment.’
  • Jun 9
Eighty percent of restaurant owners say they aren’t sure their business will survive the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurateur Tom Colicchio says the Independent Restaurant Coalition is asking Washington for $120 billion that will go to independent restaurants to help them survive. ‘That would give us the necessary capital to open and continue to get us through the slope period.’
  • Jun 9
Restaurateur Tom Colicchio says he hopes people are more empathetic after the pandemic is over. He also said we need to make healthier food more affordable to have a healthier country. ‘A lot of people are hurting right now through no fault of their own.’
  • Jun 9
Full Segments
Restaurants are struggling to stay open while millions of Americans are seeking help from food banks as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) have a solution. They join The Washington Post Live to discuss joint efforts on food relief and national service legislation during this critical time. Restaurateur and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio will also examine the impact of the pandemic on restaurants and explain how the industry needs to adapt in order to survive. Join us on Tuesday, June 9th, at 1:30p.m. ET.
  • Jun 9
Restaurants are struggling to stay open while millions of Americans are seeking help from food banks as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Renowned chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) have a solution. They join The Washington Post Live to discuss joint efforts on food relief and national service legislation during this critical time. Restaurateur and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio will also examine the impact of the pandemic on restaurants and explain how the industry needs to adapt in order to survive. Join us on Tuesday, June 9th, at 1:30p.m. ET.
  • Jun 9
José Andrés
Founder, World Central Kitchen
Internationally recognized as a culinary innovator, José Andrés is a James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Think Food Group. TFG is the team responsible for renowned dining concepts in Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico, Miami and Puerto Rico. José’s ThinkFoodGroup also oversees his creative and cultural endeavors such as cookbooks, television programming, José Andrés product line, project development, and education. After traveling to post-earthquake Haiti, José launched World Central Kitchen, which aims to empower vulnerable people in the developing world. Through his leadership of WCK, José was named Culinary Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. He is Chairman Emeritus for DC Central Kitchen, an organization that combats hunger and creates opportunities with culinary training where he has been involved for the past 20 years.
Sen. Chris Coons
(D-Del.)
Chris Coons was elected to the United States Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council President and New Castle County Executive. In the Senate, he sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics Committees. Before entering government, Chris worked as an attorney for W.L. Gore & Associates, an advanced materials manufacturer in Delaware. As a law student, he founded the Delaware chapter of the national “I Have a Dream” Foundation, which helps low-income students make the academic journey from elementary school through college. Shortly after receiving his law degree and clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he began working at the organization's national office. While there, he launched and ran the organization’s AmeriCorps program, which helped recruit and train volunteers to mentor students in fifteen cities. Chris graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in chemistry and political science, and earned a law degree from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School. A longtime New Castle County resident, Chris lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.
Tom Colicchio
Founder, Crafted Hospitality
Tom Colicchio is the chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, which currently includes New York’s Craft, Riverpark and Temple Court; Los Angeles’ Craft Los Angeles; and Las Vegas’ Heritage Steak and Craftsteak. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Tom made his New York cooking debut at prominent New York restaurants including The Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill and Gramercy Tavern before opening Craft in 2001. Outside of his fine dining restaurants, Colicchio opened ‘wichcraft – a sandwich and salad fast casual concept rooted in the same food and hospitality philosophies as Craft – in New York City in 2003. In late 2018 Tom and his team opened Small Batch in Garden City, NY, a casual dining restaurant celebrating pride of place through commitments to local ingredients, purveyors and people.
Mary Jordan
The Washington Post
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