José Andrés

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José Andrés

Chef, Restaurateur, Humanitarian

Named one of Times 100 Most Influential People in both 2012 and 2018 and recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, Jos Andrs is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of nearly three dozen restaurants located throughout the country and beyond. ThinkFoodGroups concepts include the two Michelin-starred minibar by Jos Andrs in Washington, DC, the acclaimed NYC food hall Mercado Little Spain, and multiple locations of the Bazaarby Jos Andrs. Jos has received the James Beard Foundations Outstanding Chef and “Humanitarian of the Year” awards.Andrs is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2010, Andrs formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit specializing in delivering food relief in the wake of natural and humanitarian disasters. Since serving nearly 4 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, WorldCentral Kitchen has responded to dozens of disasters worldwide and distributing tens of millions of mealsin the process. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has partnered with restaurants, small farms, and community leaders around the country to combat food insecurity. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Spain, Andrs has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and on July 4, 2014 was named by President Barack Obama as that years Outstanding American by Choice.

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