Chef Quentin Love (Photo by WGN)
Quentin Love, a Chicago chef and restaurateur, is a man who lives up to his name. After winning big last week on the Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games Veterans Holiday Showdown,” Love donated half of his winnings to help feed the hungry in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park Neighborhood, WGN News reports.
In Chicago, 1 out of 3 people go hungry each day. On Chicago’s West Side where Love owns and operates Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill he offers a much needed solution. Every Monday between 1 and 3 p.m. Turkey Chop converts into a soup kitchen, serving free meals to people in need.
Since partnering with the Chicago Food Depository in 2014, Turkey chop has provided meals to more than 52,000 residents, many from the West Humboldt Park community – an area with a high rate of diabetes, heart disease and other food-related illnesses.
“With all of the negative things being said right now about Chicago, men in the community need to step up and take responsibility,” said Love in an interview with DNAinfo. “When you give someone a good meal, to show them love, you could be stopping them on the way to do something to hurt themselves or somebody else.”
Love, a veteran in Operation Desert Storm, represented the U.S. Marine Corps on the Food Network competition, winning $36,000 with the help of his grandmother’s macaroni and cheese recipe and a sea bass in vodka sauce.
Chef Love will donate $18,000 toward his restaurant’s soup kitchen initiative (which is part of his nonprofit, Love Foundation) and the other $18,000 to the United Service Organization to help military families in Illinois.
Visit Turkey Chop at 3506 W. Washington Ave.