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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Chefs around the country are getting together to help the hungry. The executive chef at Talking Stick is just one of the prominent chefs in the group.

At the Wandering Horse Buffet, it's a busy place. They serve a lot of food, but what didn't get eaten used to get tossed in the trash. So the chef came up with an idea.

Instead of trash cans, executive chef Tom Freimuth saves the food, putting it in pans for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, a charity that helps the homeless.

"Here's some cold food. It's all good it's all healthy it's all fine, some lettuce some tomato and some noodle salad, some cucumber," says Freimuth.

As soon as the buffet ends the food is taken to the kitchen. Cold food in one pan, hot food in another.

"An entire pan may consist of steaks, fish, chicken, onion rings, pork, potatoes."

The buffet is open 24-7, serving breakfast lunch and dinner. 15,000 people eat there daily. On holidays the crowd it's even bigger, so there are a lot of leftovers.

Chef Freimuth got the idea of saving the leftovers and giving it to charity from a produce company in Los Angeles.

"It's a winning situation for many."

The Phoenix Rescue Mission can now feed more people thanks to Wandering Horse Buffet leftovers.

"It makes me feel wonderful and I can also see it in the faces of cooks and chefs, no one wants to throw away good food. Now it's going to someone who appreciates it."

And the food, by the way, is very good.

The LA Produce & Specialty Company in California came up with the idea. They provide the pans for the leftover food.


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