Former Five-Star Chef, Now Broke, Feeds Occupy Wall Street

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Members of Occupy Wall Street line up for their free breakfast served by volunteers after spending the night on Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York, October 11, 2011. Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement scheduled a "Millionaires March" taking their march in front of the homes of some of New York City's wealthiest residents in Manhattan Upper East Side. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A gourmand gets involved. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/2011 AFP

Eric Smith ran a swank, unnamed, hotel kitchen in New York for six years, until he got laid off and lost all his money. Now he finds solace cooking in a Brooklyn soup kitchen that provides food for Occupy Wall Street. He tells RT that his dream is to open a taco truck, but for now, serving up Zuccotti Park (and sleeping there, too) is his idea of fulfillment. “Cooking for rich fat cats in Manhattan and trying to get the food out as fast as possible, making sure it’s all perfect for them ... The rich and poor being so separated, I always felt that was wrong," he says in the clip. "This is something that makes me feel like I can make a difference and make a change." [RT]