A Turkish celebrity chef with millions of social media followers marked Friday’s World Food Day with the help of two Syrian refugees, by cooking on live TV a meal that is traditional to both nations.
“Today means a lot to me,” said Burak Ozdemir – also know as CZNBurak – on World Food Day, celebrating the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) foundation in 1945, and now a global event raising awareness of worldwide food shortages.
“Today we’ll cook together with two great women for a worthy project,” Ozdemir told Anadolu Agency.
Ozdemir, the owner of several restaurants in Istanbul, spoke before the cooking showcase at a Turkish Red Crescent soup kitchen that serves 1,000 people daily in the city’s working-class Pendik district.
Organized by the Turkish Red Crescent and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), the event was livestreamed in Turkish, English, and Arabic on social media.