Celeb chef José Andrés calls fired New Hampshire cafeteria worker a ‘hero’ and offers her a job

Chef Jose Andres speaks during the TIME 100 Summit in New York
Chef Jose Andres speaks during the TIME 100 Summit in New York, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. –AP Photo/Richard Drew

CANAAN, N.H. (AP) — The plight of a fired school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire has caught the attention of award-winning chef José Andrés.

Bonnie Kimball was fired by a food supply vendor for Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan on March 28, a day after giving a free lunch to a student who couldn’t pay. The company later offered to re-hire her but she declined.

On Friday, Andrés tweeted a link to a news story about Kimball, calling her a hero and advertising job openings at his restaurants. Andres, who owns restaurants in Washington, Las Vegas and other cities, is known for his efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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An email requesting comment was sent Sunday to a spokesperson for Andrés. A phone message was left and an email was sent to Kimball.