Chef Pete recently returned from a 10-day “Fork Full of Freedom Tour” traveling the globe to bring a little bit of “home” to service men and women stationed at U.S. naval bases in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Djibouti, Africa. Through Navy Entertainment and MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) Pete and fellow MESSLORDS chefs Brian Duffy and Erik Berlin were able to provide thousands of meals and say "thank you" to the military men and women who selflessly serve our country.
Navy Entertainment and MWR’s top priority is to boost the morale and spirits of service men and women around the globe by bringing in some of the top acts in the entertainment arena today, including musicians, movie stars, UFC fighters, comedians and (oh, yes!) celebrity chefs.
It was Food Network’s Guy Fieri’s idea to partner with Navy Entertainment and MWR to send out chefs to entertain troops in a fun and unique way—offering not only good eats, but high energy cooking demos and culinary shows like only these guys can do. The goal was to spend time interacting with those deployed, as well as work with the culinary specialists to create signature dishes from ingredients they already have in their kitchens and to offer insight to help sharpen their skills.
Fieri proposed the idea to Pete, Kansas City restauranteur and artist Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner, “Gorilla” Rich Bacchi of Pacifica, CA., and the late Mike “Bossman” Hardin of Hodad’s in Ocean Beach, and the original MESSLORDS team was born.
MESSLORDS has toured just about everywhere on the planet, with plans later this year to begin visiting domestic bases across the U.S.