Celebrity chef Guy Fieri used his talents to help firefighters and first responders as wildfires devastated thousands in Northern California.
KTVU reported that Fieri teamed up with the Salvation Army and created a temporary kitchen in a parking lot of the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building Thursday in his hometown of Santa Rosa, California.
“Firefighters have been eating out of their big lunch packs; they get these big package meals, which are awesome. But nothing beats a hot meal,” Fieri said.
Fieri told KRON that he and other volunteers cooked thousands of meals with barbecue favorites including roasted chicken, pulled pork and mac and cheese.
“This is the least we can do,” Fieri told KTVU. “We’re so happy to do it. We’re so sorry for friends who have lost homes. There’s a lot of really good people coming together.”
Fieri told KRON that people from all backgrounds came to help. He also praised Operation BBQ Relief, a nonprofit that works to bring comfort food to displaced people.
"It's terrible in so many ways, but it's wonderful to see great people coming together," Fieri said to KRON.
"We fed 1,200 just for lunch, we just did 1,500 for dinner, we're getting ready to send 250 out on the fire line," Fieri said. He expected to make about 5,000 meals each for lunch and dinner the next day.
“We’re going to be here as long as it takes to make sure that everybody’s taken care of,” he said.
More than 2,800 residences in Santa Rosa have been destroyed by the fire.