About This Episode

Chopped celebrity chef Marc Murphy spoke with us right after he returned from seven weeks feeding Ukrainian refugees in Przemysl, Poland with Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen (WCK). Since the invasion of Ukraine, WCK’s Relief Team has been on the ground supporting families sheltering in the country as well as refugees in six countries with nearly 200,000 hot, nourishing meals every day. Murphy was both inspired and changed by his experience. “Humanity has just gone on display there in a beautiful way and people just show up and are like… ‘I'm here to help,’ and it was really amazing.” He describes the difficulties of seeing the horrible situations of the Ukrainians, as well as the moments of hope when humans help humans. “In the midst of everything, you would have these moments and just sit in the kitchen and cry… I want people to understand people, and how humanity is connected through food, and how important food is.” Join us for a first-hand account from a city on the border of the war.    

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Marc Murphy

Marc Murphy


Marc Murphy  is the owner and executive chef of two restaurants and frequently appears as a judge on Chopped on the Food Network. He is also the host of the Food 360 podcast and author of Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking.


Chopped is an American reality-based cooking television game show series created by Michael Krupat, Dave Noll and Linda Lea. It is hosted by Ted Allen. The series pits four chefs against each other as they compete for a chance to win $10,000. The series debuted in 2009, and episodes air every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Food Network.  

World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty. José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti with the belief that food can be an agent of change. They have expanded globally and have helped affected communities in Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States. Today, World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to empower people to be part of the solution, with a focus on health, education, jobs, and social enterprise.