SAN DIEGO -- Hodad's is known locally for its delicious burgers and chill atmosphere, but now the owner is taking a taste of Ocean Beach to deployed service members overseas.
"We go and feed the military" said Hodad's co-owner Mike Hardin. "It's such a privilege for me to be able to do that,"
Hardin was one of four chefs nationwide selected by the Food Network television show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" to go overseas and serve deployed members of the military. It's part of a program called "America's Chefs."
The Ocean Beach restaurant owner has cooked for the service members before in Guantanamo Bay and Puerto Rico. He heads to Italy in May and then on to the Middle East.
"You really get to see you're bringing, not just the flavor of home, but you're bringing yourself, and it's just -- they eat it up, no pun intended," said Hardin.
Military members like Col. Martin Wojtysiak United States Air Force said it means a lot.
"I think that's great," said Col. Wojtysiak. "I think that anytime the folks that are deployed can get a little slice of home, that's a good thing."
Hardin's first event was serving wounded warriors.
"From that moment on, it was a no-brainer. I'm hooked for life," Hardin said about doing his part to support the troops. "I'd do it every day of the week if I could."