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Celebrity Chef’s Thanksgiving Meals Honoring His Roots in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York


YONKERS, Westchester County (WABC) — A celebrity chef is giving this Thanksgiving back to the community where he grew up in Yonkers.

Peter X. Kelly, founder of Xaviar Restaurant Group and Xaviars X20 on the Hudson, has partnered with the Yonkers Housing Authority and Ruff Ryders to prepare and deliver more than 350 delicious Thanksgiving meals to residents. people in public housing.

His staff have been working since the weekend to prepare roast turkey, truffle mashed potatoes, chestnut and apple fillings, green beans, cranberry sauce and a slice of pumpkin bread.

The self-taught chef sees the holidays as the ideal time to give back to the community that helped launch his career.

Dorothy Peterson, 78, will spend Thanksgiving without her family on Thursday, which is why she’s so grateful to have a companion. Kelly brings Peterson a homemade meal.

“It means a lot, I don’t have to cook. I hate cooking but love to eat,” Peterson said.

Kelly was one of 12 children and spent part of her childhood in homes in Schlobohm, so these meals were distributed to a specific group: seniors living in public housing. plus across Yonkers.

“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I get to feed people and make them happy. You don’t have to bring presents,” Kelly said.

This is the fourth year that Kelly and his team have prepared such meals, a tradition that has endured through the pandemic and shows no signs of slowing down.

“I understand what it means to want a little more, especially around the holidays. So I feel very fortunate to have done that,” Kelly said.

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