Cook for Ukraine: San Francisco chef Anna Voloshyna serves up Ukrainian cuisine in support of refugees and culture

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – 10,200 kilometers from her home, Anna Voloshyna watched the war unfold in her native Ukraine with horror.

With all of her family and many of her friends still in the country, the San Francisco-based chef decided she had to do something.

So she joined Cook For Ukraine, a global movement of chefs, bakers and others in the culinary world using food to raise funds and show their support for Ukraine.

“We will donate all the money, all the profits to World Central Kitchen, which is currently in Ukraine feeding our refugees,” Voloshyna said.

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On Sunday, Voloshyna will host a sold-out fundraising dinner.

His way of supporting his country.

“I don’t want to be a cook in the United States which is going to preserve the culture. I don’t want that. I want to develop the culture. I want people to be able to go there, visit Ukraine, eat the food, experience Ukrainian culture and hospitality,” Voloshyna said.

The event, which will feature traditional Ukrainian cuisine, is supported by the San Francisco Cooking School, several of whose members also volunteer.

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“When you watch the news and see what’s going on, you want to contribute and help in some way. This opportunity came up and it was just the easiest way for me to contribute. “said volunteer Brandon Ho.

Voloshyna says seeing others being so quick to volunteer has comforted her during a difficult time.

“I smile for the first time today because I saw these people, and they have their lives and they have something to do,” she said.

But Voloshyna says Sunday’s event is just the start. She plans to host more in the future.

“It will only grow. And I hope I will contribute and help other people. Not just Ukraine,” she said.

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