Transcript for Thanksgiving Soup Kitchen Meals Prepared by Culinary Master
family feast and football for many americans thanksgiving is a time to give back. Abc's byron pitts met the gourmet chef who is america strong. Reporter: At a soup kitchen in st. Paul, chef jeff ansorge does more than dish out free food for thanksgiving. With five star service and a pinch of parsley, his daily menu specialty, a deal with dignity. We're eating off real plates instead of the plastic stuff. Reporter: That's what ansorge learned at culinary school and one of the finest restaurants in minneapolis. I used to cook for business clientele. Reporter: A near 6 figure salary, he had it all, then walked away to work here, at the salvation army. It's restaurant quality meals and it really just gives dignity to people who would not be able to go and buy this. Today I've got roast turkey -- Reporter: He took a 70% pay cut by choice but says he's now rich beyond measure. I get to do what I love, cook at the same time and preach the gospel. Reporter: Part of the gospel ansorge preaches is generosity of service, something americans door more than anyone on earth, especially at the holidays. Here at the food bank in new york city the number of people who expressed interest in volunteering this holiday season is up 20%. Nationwide the number of actual volunteers has dropped the past two years. Last year 64 million americans volunteered their time. Yeah, he throws down. He's a really good cook. Reporter: Jeff ansorge did one better than give. He gave up a life-style so others could have a life. That makes him america strong. Byron pitts, abc news, new york.
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