This year marks a decade since chef José Andrés founded his humanitarian organization World Central Kitchen, which feeds vulnerable individuals after a disaster. Now, the chef and WCK will be the subject of a new documentary from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer. According to Deadline, Howard and Grazer will film the as-yet-untitled documentary for National Geographic.
Howard became interested in Andrés while filming the documentary Rebuilding Paradise about Paradise, California, which was devastated by the 2018 Camp wildfires. World Central Kitchen helped feed locals at the height of the disaster and hosted a dinner for 3,000 people on the one-year anniversary of the fire.
“I was amazed to see the immediate impact that José and the World Central Kitchen team had,” Howard tells Deadline. “And now, following him as he helps those most in need during this pandemic, I realized that the work he’s doing around the world is one of the most critical and oftentimes overlooked necessities in disaster relief.”
Currently, through its #ChefsForAmerica program, World Central Kitchen is feeding thousands of people during the coronavirus outbreak, including those on the front line and people affected by the virus in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Puerto Rico; and other hard-hit areas.