Chef José Andrés is offering $50 gift cards at his D.C. area ThinkFoodGroup restaurants until 70% of the population is vaccinated.
The chef and humanitarian tweeted on Friday that customers who can prove that they’ve been recently vaccinated will be eligible for a $50 gift card for their meal in one of his acclaimed restaurants. The voucher will only apply for those who are vaccinated from 8 May, as it is intended to encourage those who may be delaying getting the jab.
The vaccination bonus can be used at any of Andrés’ restaurants in D.C. by simply showing your vaccination card at Jaleo DC, Jaleo Crystal City, Oyamel, Zaytinya, or China Chilcano and receiving a $50 card for future use within the next 30 days, for food only.
The 70% figure that Andrés is aiming for is still some way off, as the current figure for people partially or fully vaccinated in D.C. is only at 36%, some way behind neighbouring Virginia at 46% and Maryland at 50%.
Andrés has been a vocal advocate of vaccination and mask-wearing all the way through the pandemic, while his non-profit World Central Kitchen has worked tirelessly to feed those in need through the year-long restrictions, both in the US and abroad.
The Spanish-American chef has been announced as this year's winner for his global humanitarian relief efforts with World Central Kitchen. See the list of ten other special mention chefs also using gastronomy for positive change.