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Jose Andres

Chef, Humanitarian

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José Andrés cares about the numbers: 9,000, 3.7 million, 300,000. These are the numbers of meals the famous chef, his World Central Kitchen, and Chef Relief Network have served at various times to victims and first responders of natural disasters—from the recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and North Carolina, to the devastating wildfires in California, earthquakes in Indonesia, and volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala.

In the past year alone, his culinary first responders have provided more than 4.8 million meals for victims of natural disasters around the world. Arriving days after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico in 2017, Mr. Andrés and his team of chefs and volunteers prepared 3.7 million meals in kitchens across the island—a monumental effort he chronicled in his memoir, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico One Meal at a Time. He founded World Central Kitchen after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Its mission has since expanded to discover “smart solutions to hunger and poverty.”

The internationally acclaimed culinary innovator and food advocate has received numerous achievement awards, including being named among Time magazine’s “100 most influential people” in 2018 and 2012, and the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 “Humanitarian of the Year.” In an interview with the late Anthony Bourdain of CNN’s Parts Unknown, Mr. Andrés said, “A plate of food is much more than food. It sends a message that someone far away cares about you—that you are not on your own. It’s a beacon of hope that maybe somewhere, something good is happening.”

This pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States is also known for his avant-garde cuisine, and an award-winning group of 31 restaurants—and a food truck—located in the United States, Mexico City, and the Bahamas. He is the only chef in the world who has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands.

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