Chef Leaves Posh Downtown Restaurant For Soup Kitchen

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 27, 2013) Jeff Ansorge, 40, a chef who used to work in a posh restaurant in Minneapolis, Minn., is making delicious meals these days in a Salvation Army soup kitchen.

Ansorge left the downtown restaurant last year to become head cook at a Salvation Army soup kitchen in St. Paul.

Ansorge says a spiritual awakening led him to his new job, at which he makes just one-third of his previous salary.

But he still brings his culinary skills to bear making salmon, ribs and stews for the poor and homeless.

Salvation Army Capt. John Joyner says Ansorge makes "phenomenal meals" that would cost a lot at a restaurant.

For a Thanksgiving meal Wednesday, Ansorge is serving a traditional turkey feast on tables with white tablecloths.


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