Celeb chef Jose Andres calls fired cafeteria worker a ‘hero’
CANAAN, N.H. — The plight of a fired school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire has caught the attention of award-winning chef Jose Andres.
Bonnie Kimball was fired by a food supply vendor for Mascoma Valley Regional High School on March 28, a day after giving a free lunch to a student who couldn’t pay. The company later offered to rehire Kimball but she declined. In the meantime, she has received an outpouring of support — from co-workers who quit in protest to strangers who have raised more than $5,000 on her behalf.
Andres, who owns restaurants in Washington, Las Vegas and other cities, is known for his efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He tweeted a link Friday to a news story about Kimball, praising her and advertising job openings at his restaurants. While he did not explicitly offer her a job in the tweet, many of his fans responded as if he had.
“The hero is Bonnie Kimball! If she needs a job we have openings at (at)thinkfoodgroup if you know her, let her know!” he wrote.