Andrew Rea: The Celebrity Chef Behind the ALS Pepper Challenge
Andrew Rea, a New York-based chef, filmmaker, and host of the hugely popular YouTube cooking show “Binging with Babish,” was hit hard when his friend, Garmt van Soest, messaged him to say goodbye during his final days. On October 23, Garmt passed away from complications from ALS.
Andrew needed to honor Garmt in some way, and thought capitalizing on the trend of people recording themselves eating super spicy peppers might be the best place to start. On November 6, Andrew created the first #ALSPepperChallenge.
If you’d like to take the ALS Pepper Challenge* to help raise awareness and funds for ALS, don’t forget to have milk handy, add the #ALSPepperChallenge hashtag to your social media posts, and make a donation to the ALS Association.
The concept is similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge. Nominate your friends and family to eat as hot a pepper as they can handle and make a donation to the ALS Association.
*Please be careful and do the challenge at your own risk.