Chester County chef prepares meals for earthquake victims in Turkey

Chester County chef prepares meals for earthquake victims in Turkey

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Efforts are underway from around the world to support and feed the victims of last month’s powerful earthquake in Syria and Turkey.

Olga Sorzano, a Chester County resident, is a chef who has worked in the restaurant industry for 25 years. She is also the owner of Phoenixville-based BABA's Brew, a kombucha company.

Sorzano says she arrived in Antakya, Turkey on Tuesday and joined the chefs at World Central Kitchen to prepare meals for 800 earthquake victims.

“We pretty much cook and stay in the same place so we have our tent where we have our provisions,” she said. “We have our tent where we cook and we have our tent where we sleep.“

Sorzano is planning to stay in Turkey preparing meals for a week. She says the earthquakes left the city in ruins.

“There are a lot of roads that were destroyed and it’s not like you can go to the store and buy something,” she said. “I just spoke with the logistics coordinator and they set up the tent five days ago and another earthquake happened a few days ago and all of that stuff collapsed and they had to redo everything again.”

More than 50,000 people died and hundreds of thousands of buildings were destroyed or damaged.

Sorzano previously volunteered for World Central Kitchen a year ago in Poland, helping to feed those fleeing Ukraine at the start of the war.

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