It’s December 2020.
It’s also Giving Tuesday.
And how appropriate was it that the first news I read this morning was that award-winning chef David Chang donated the $1 million he won last Sunday on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” to restaurant workers impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. He was the first celebrity to win on the revived show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
The ultimate risk-taker, two Michelin-starred Chef Chang took a chance at doubling the $500,000 he had already won – with the goal to donate it to those in the industry who need assistance. His answer to the final question -- to name the first U.S. president to have electricity in the White House -- was a wild guess: President Benjamin Harrison.
We all see the hardships restaurants big and small have suffered since the pandemic began last March. Many of us do our best to help them stay afloat by purchasing take-out or risking outdoor dining. But with winter around the corner, it will only be tougher.
Giving is not new to Chef Chang. He’s involved with two hunger relief groups – the Food Council at City Harvest, and the Culinary Council at Food Bank for New York City.
Thank you, Chef Chang. Your selflessness during Covid times is making a difference.
This is your country, and it’s up to you to save it.” – English translation of a saying in Taiwan
Washing Hands + Wearing a Mask + Social Distancing = Saving Live