Though he just left Tru, Rick Tramonto certainly hasn’t been taking it easy. After hearing about the devastation in Louisiana first hand from friend and Louisiana chef John Folse, along with some of the confusion about what kinds of seafood are safe to eat, Tramonto decided to help launch Friends of the Fisherman Foundation. Donations for the charity go straight to the fisherman who are affected by the oil spill. Tramonto was also able to bring in a few of his fellow Top Chef Master competitors, including Tom Colicchio, Rick Moonen, and Susur Lee for a press conference on Monday. Below is the mission statement.
Louisiana Fishermen are an integral part of the state’s culture. Whether they are Cajun, Vietnamese, Croatian, or Yugoslavian, they all help to make up the “Cultural Gumbo” of this great state. They are very much like those who make up other fishing communities around the world. They are honest, proud, hardworking people. They treasure the simple things in life and are, in fact, our nation’s treasure.
Friends of the Fishermen is the officially sanctioned fund of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and created as a way to help Louisiana’s fishermen in their greatest time of need. We ask you to join us in unified support as we collectively call upon our friends and neighbors, corporations, foundations, and both non-governmental and governmental organizations to do their part.
Our fishermen need your help. Their products help to create the amazing cuisine that puts Louisiana restaurants and chefs on the map; their fishing communities drive our unique culture. Our fishermen are unable to do the thing they love most: fish. Please help support our fishermen by making a contribution. Your generosity will directly help sustain Louisiana’s culture, heritage and way of life.
Ask for Louisiana seafood.