Chef Victor Albisu is a DC food legend. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris, winner of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Chef of the Year award, and the Washingtonian’s 2015 Best Cheap Restaurant’s List, he’s no stranger to amazing cuisine. He competed (and won) on “Beat Bobby Flay” and appeared as a guest judge on “Hell’s Kitchen“ and Telemundo’s “Top Chef Estrellas”, all while dealing with the pressures of owning the South American restaurant Del Campo and a chain of casual restaurants called Taco Bamba.
Oh yeah, and did I mention he’s my uncle?
While someone as busy as Albisu might not find the time to travel for pleasure let alone for a good cause, he joined up with the World Central Kitchen and recently returned from a trip to Peru feeding the hungry.
In a Facebook post upon arriving in Peru, Albisu stated: “It’s an honor to be here, an honor to feel the energy and resilience of a forgotten people. The poverty here is beyond description. These people have lost everything. All we can do is help the best way we know how.”
World Central Kitchen focuses on “using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies”. While in Peru, Albisu cooked for hundreds of displaced people due to floods and led culinary training for many people in Huachipa. Perhaps he felt a special connection due to the location – his mother is from San Isidro in Lima (the country’s capital), so his Peruvian roots run deep.
In addition to his work with World Central Kitchen, Albisu has partnered up with the CARE Chef’s Table Program.
“Care is an amazing organization that focuses on building infrastructure to assist in pulling people out of poverty. I studied and international relations at George Mason University and worked in international development before moving on and and changing career paths,” says Albisu. “Partnering with Care makes sense and it has help me bring my career full-circle and focus on the things that matter most to me.”
Albisu now sits on the board of the World Central Kitchen and does multiple charity trips each year. If you’re ever in the DC area, be sure to visit Del Campo and Taco Bamba!