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Did You Catch Chef Jose Andres’ Unexpected Cameo at the Oscars?

The Puerto Rico relief worker and activist appeared on stage during Common's Oscar performance with Andra Day.

By Jenny Berg

Common and Andra Day brought the house down with their performance of "Stand Up For Something" at the 2018 Oscars. Fittingly, the rendition of the stirring tune from Marshall also featured cameos from 10 activists who, well, stand up for something. And, celebrity chef Jose Andres was among those to appear on stage. 

“What we hoped to convey is the essence of this song,” said Day, according to Variety. “These are all people who have fought through their own personal pain to make things better for themselves and for others."  

To review, Andres owns ThinkFood Group, which worked with World Central Kitchen to and #ChefsforPuertoRico to spring to action after hurricanes wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico in 2017. Last fall, the organizations helped to provide 3.3. million meals for the people of Puerto Rico.

And, this wasn't the chef's first foray into philanthropy. He was inspired to found World Central Kitchen in 2010 after the devastating hurricane in Haiti; he's also helped invest in equipment for small food-related business in countries such as Cuba and Cambodia. 

Other activists featured onstage at the Oscars represented causes ranging from Sandy Hook Promise to Me Too, Standing Rock Youth Council, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and several other organizations.

Way to salute those who take a stand, Oscar! 

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