Rick Bayless offered Thursday to feed federal workers at one of his signature Chicago restaurants during certain hours until the government shutdown is resolved.
The celebrity chef made the announcement from the XOCO kitchen located at 449 N. Clark St.
The decision was prompted by the #ChefsForFeds movement on social media, Bayless said in the video.
Federal workers with valid ID can get a free torta or meal-in-a-bowl caldo (plus an agua fresca) from 4-6 p.m. until the shutdown ends, he said.
“You know, what’s happening in D.C. is a real mess,” Bayless, clad in his white chef’s coat, said in the video. “And we want to help.”
It’s not the first time Bayless and his restaurants have entered the national political discourse.
The James-Beard-winning cook closed four of his Chicago restaurants "out of respect" for his staff's decision to support the “A Day Without Immigrants” protest in 2017.
Bayless owns Frontera, Topolo, Xoco and Leña in Chicago.