World Central Kitchen
Nov 14, 2019
Nate Mook, Executive Director
World Central Kitchen

Nate Mook serves as the Executive Director of World Central Kitchen, where he works hand-in-hand with the non-profit’s founder, world-renowned activist and humanitarian Chef José Andrés. WCK leverages chef-driven expertise to provide solutions to critical issues surrounding health, education, job creation, and social enterprise. The non-profit has supported communities across the globe and was recently named the second most innovative food company in the world by Fast Company. Nate oversees all WCK operations, leading the organization’s emergency and disaster relief efforts, as well as its long-term impact projects. Most notably, he helped create and lead the #ChefsForPuertoRico effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that served nearly 4 million meals to people in need.

The Mission of World Central Kitchen from Founder Jose Andres:

Almost ten years ago, my wife Patricia and I had a big dream to start World Central Kitchen. We envisioned an organization that would create smart solutions to hunger and poverty, and for many years we saw an amazing impact through our clean cookstoves initiative, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures that empower communities and strengthen economies. But we had no idea we would one day be answering the call in Puerto Rico and around the world – “Food First Responders” serving millions of meals each year. In the process, we learned that a small NGO can change the world through the power of food.

Last year, WCK activated in response to 13 disasters — some of them natural, and some man-made. From serving children in the shelters on our border with Mexico to making deliveries by lamplight to those keeping watch over beaches in Indonesia, our fight to feed the hungry has taken us to more places than we ever expected.