There are Heroes Among Us

By Demetrius Carrington


On a normal day P.R. Guy extraordinaire, David Rudolph would be making moves for his impressive roster of clients, calls for appearances interviews, and negotiating deals. That’s a normal day for Mr. Rudolph, but things haven’t been normal for a while now.


The Coronavirus hit Michigan particularly hard. Iit seemed like for weeks we were waking up to news that another member of our beloved community had died or was gravely ill fighting for their life; it was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.
Most of us did the smart thing; we stayed home. We didn’t congregate; we understandably went into self-preservation mode. But Heroes are not like most of us, they’re a different breed. They have a thing inside of them that immediately says, “How can I help, what can we do to fix this?”


And that’s exactly what Dave did. He came up with an idea he called “Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen for Good.”
As a long time Board Member of the Neighborhood Service Organization he knew the homeless were at an enormous risk. He understood that a big part of beating the Coronavirus was the strength of your immune system. So his plan was clear; he was going to feed the less-fortunate and the homeless, so he enlisted a star studded group of co-collaborators.

"Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen for Good" is powered by:
Stephanie Byrd, - The Block, Flood's Bar & Grille
Chef Genevieve Vang, - Bangkok 96 Street Food
Celebrity Chef, Maxcel Hardy - Coop Caribbean Fusion
Chef Phil Jones - Ha Haru
Retired NFL player and Entrepreneur Ron Bartell, - Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles


I asked Dave about his co-collaborators. “These aren’t just cooks, these groups of culinary professionals are leading the way in the Detroit food scene. Stephanie owns two of the most popular restaurants in the city. Chef Phil is an expert at food sourcing and procurement. Chef Vang is a James Beard Award nominated Chef. And Chef Max is a rising star in the international culinary world and has owned restaurants in New York City and is a published Author and routinely cooks for a celebrity clientele. Ron’s restaurant is a driving force on the Avenue of Fashion.”


As you can see these people didn’t need to do this, but they couldn’t help themselves because they’re Heroes too.
So, since March 19, they’ve been feeding the less-fortunate. They worked as the situation was getting worse on a daily basis. They fought through the pain of seeing friends and family fight this virus in some cases only to lose that fight. But it only made their resolve more powerful and this fearless team has served thousands of high quality meals.
Through the generous support from GreenHorn Technical Solutions’ culinary program, the Horatio Williams Foundation, and many others, they have saved lives.


I recently asked Chef Max, “Were you afraid for your own safety? He looked me in the eyes and simply said “No.”

The dictionary defines a Hero this way:

1. 1.
a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

I can’t think of a better word to describe “Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen for Good.” Your selfless work and love for your fellow man is remarkable and we all owe you guys a debt of gratitude.
God Bless You.

If you would like to donate to help continue this mission please contact:

David E. Rudolph 
Senior Managing Partner

D. Ericson & Associates Public Relations

Grand Park Centre Building

28 West Adams Street 
Suite 1300

Detroit, MI 48226

(313) 605-3600

Shelter Partners
Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO), Coalition of Temporary Shelters (COTS), Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), and Alternatives for Girls (AG)