Casino chefs preparing meals for less fortunate: Everyone has a Story

June 13, 2020 Press of Atlantic City

By Scott Cronick

Three chefs from Gordon Ramsay Steak in Harrah’s Atlantic City are finding some rewarding ways to use their downtime while the casinos are closed.


Executive chef Larry Smith, of Brigantine, and his two sous chefs, Paul Hanley, of Ventnor, and Kelly Wright, of Egg Harbor City, go to Philadelphia every week — sometimes twice a week — to prepare meals for the less fortunate, and have been doing so for more than two months.


Every Monday, Smith picks up his two coworkers and heads to South Philly Barbacoa on 9th Street, where owners Christina Martinez and Ben Miller donate their space to assist The World Central Kitchen Relief Effort, acclaimed chef Jose Andres’ mission to fight hunger and poverty.