On the Bar Rescue episode “Operation Puerto Rico,” Jon Taffer travels to Puerto Rico to help after the island nation was hit hard by Hurricane Irma and Maria in September 2016. Taffer invites a number of celebrities to help including Real Housewives of New York City and SkinnyGirl CEO Bethenny Frankel, billionaire Mark Cuban, and hometown hero and former New York Yankee Bernie Williams. He also asks local celebrity chef Jose Enrique to help.
Jose Enrique is the owner of the restaurant Jose Enrique in San Juan’s La Placita. The Culinary Institute of America in New York graduate is known for cooking with locally grown food but cooking without electricity is tough. Even after Hurricane Maria took the roof and windows from his restaurant, Jose was cooking. Using his gas stoves and a generator, he started making big batches of sancoho (a soup) and inviting the community in. With the help of lots of volunteers, the operation grew to making 20,000 a meals a day. His restaurant was closed for 50 days. New episodes of Bar Rescue air Sundays at 10pm on Paramount Network.