‘Top Chef’ alum Mark Simmons has earned lots of buzz for the unusual restaurant he opened in Brooklyn, NY. The joint, Called Kiwiana, serves New Zealand cuisine, which is typically very hard to find at U.S. restaurants. But now Simmons is getting attention for another bold move, this time against president Donald Trump: He’s printing a pro-immigrant message on Kiwiana’s guest receipts.
“Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today),” reads the bottom of the receipt of the upscale restaurant.
Journalist Mary Emily O’Hara visited the New Zealand cuisine restaurant on Sunday for brunch and “was surprised to see the statement at the bottom of the receipt.”
O’Hara snapped a photo and posted it on Twitter. It has been shared over 78,000 times.
Simmons, who competed on Season 8 of Bravo’s cooking show, “Top Chef,” moved to America from New Zealand 10 years ago, according to CNN.
The chef created the note soon after President Donald Trump’s executive order he told the network. The order bans citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria. The order is being challenged in courts.
Simmons said he was just practicing his freedom of speech and the response he has received has been very positive.
Kudos to Mark Simmons for taking activism to a whole new level.