‘Recipe for Relief’ raising money for Hurricane Maria victims

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CHICAGO -- Six months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island is still struggling to get back to normal.

Chicago area chefs are doing their part to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, who are still struggling to get back to normal six months after.

Twenty-one chefs are cooking at The Lakewood for the Recipe for Relief fundraiser.

Each chef has a tasting station showcasing amazing dishes to raise money for Puerto Rico.

Jimmy Bannos chef and owner of Heaven on Seven said he knew he had to do something after watching the devastation in Puerto Rico.

He called up his chef buddies and months later, the fundraiser was the result.

“I think there’s a lot of things that we can do as a restaurant community. We can hold these events and raise money and have people in the island have things at their disposal. I think we take a lot of things for granted and food is one of them,” Bill Kim, chef partner as Urbanbelly and BellyQ, said.

Money raised from the $75 tickets will benefit the Kingbird Innovation Center to help support restaurants, hospitality and tourism in Puerto Rico.

Organizers of the event are hoping to raise more than $100,000.

Those who want to donate online can visit GoFundMe.

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