Mr. Chairman and colleagues, I am sure you are aware of World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit founded by renown chef and philanthropist José Andrés that serves chef-prepared meals to communities impacted by natural disasters and other crisis. What you may not be aware of is that World Central Kitchen has been led for almost five years until recently by Reston and Fairfax County native Nate Mook. As CEO of World Central Kitchen, Nate embodied their mission of boots on the ground serving meals. He began working with Chef Andrés and World Central Kitchen in 2012 and together they produced a documentary on Haiti. In 2017, Nate joined World Central Kitchen to lead its food relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and became CEO in early 2018. Since then he has traveled to other locations worldwide including several months providing assistance in war-torn Ukraine. Under his leadership, World Central Kitchen served more than 60 million meals, while also helping to build local sustainable food systems. Working nonstop since he joined World Central Kitchen, Nate decided to step down as CEO, although he continues to work with Chef Andrés.
Nate has many other accomplishments, but serving millions of hungry people in time of need in difficult locations is exceptional.
Therefore Mr. Chairman, I request that the Office of Public Affairs prepare a certificate to be presented to Nate Mook in recognition of his outstanding humanitarian efforts at the Oct. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting.