by Kyle Harvey
Being without in the city of New York during the holidays is something that director Aristotle Torres and gourmet cook, The Hood Chef, know all too well.
“I became an orphan in the city at the age of 3,” Torres said.
“I used to couch surf a lot when I was getting on my feet to establish my business, but I made it work,” Hood Chef added.
After meeting on Fabolous’ “I’m Raw” video set, Torres and The Hood Chef connected with one another on the spirit of giving back and what began as an idea turned into a movement last year.
Aristotle’s production company By Any Means and The Hood Chef, took their want to help to New York City’s five boroughs during Thanksgiving and with two custom mobile kitchen trucks and some like-minded friends, the ‘By Any Meals’ food drive, fed over 800 people on Turkey Day.
By Any Meals’ campaign last year was particularly memorable due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that ravished New York City. Multiples stories from the families from lower Manhattan and Coney Island not having a hot meal made the company double their efforts for 2013 with a goal to feed 1500.
Chef Roblé agrees. The reality TV personality and popular chef will be collaborating alongside By Any Means this holiday to create custom dishes for the city’s less fortunate.
“We can’t give out all the secrets, but it’ll be some twists on some classic thanksgiving foods,” Chef Roblé said. “I’m just happy to use my influence as a platform to give back.”