Lexington Chef Gives Back On Thanksgiving

Making a difference one meal at a time. It’s something one Lexington area chef has been doing for years. This year was no exception.

Chef Love Talley is getting some much deserved rest after serving others this Thanksgiving season.

It was the last meal of the night for Chef Talley but it was nothing to do with his restaurant. He didn’t profit from that meal, the 6th he’d prepared and delivered to a family in need Thanksgiving day. In fact, all the money for the food came out of Chef Talley’s pocket.

"And it’s a great thing to do, ya know, for people in need at all times," said Chef Talley. "You have a lot of families that need things everywhere."

Families like the one Melissa Brumley left behind. Talley got the call last minute to help another family. That’s because Brumley passed away less than a week ago from a drug overdose. This Thanksgiving, Brumley’s daughter, Kayla and Kayla’s five children received a fresh, home-cooked Thanksgiving from Chef Talley.

"So I’m glad to help," he said.

The call was all it took. Chef Talley cooked, boxed, and delivered the meal to Kayla Bell’s front door. A Thanksgiving that could’ve gone without the simplest of meals now had a gourmet spread.

"Before he called me I was at home, in bed, I wasn’t celebrating Thanksgiving and I was just very depressed and sad," said Kayla Bell, Melissa Brumley’s daughter.

It was just Wednesday, Kayla says she buried her mother.

"Well, my mother battled addiction for about 15 years. She was addicted to heroin," said Bell.

She said it’s time to pay it forward. For Kayla, that means preventing another overdose, like the one that took her mother.

"And I mean, it’s the same thing that I want to do, to reach out to other people who are battling with addiction."

For Kayla, her five kids and Chef Talley, that’s something to be thankful for.

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