Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, 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 25 restaurants plus a food truck located throughout the country and in Mexico City including Jaleo, Zaytinya, J by José Andrés at W Mexico City, Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas, the Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and South Beach, and Beefsteak, his vegetable-driven fast casual concept. His innovative minibar by José Andrés was awarded two Michelin stars in 2016, one of the first restaurants in Washington, D.C. to be recognized by the institution.
Andrés 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 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Three years later, he premiered his documentary “Undiscovered Haiti” giving viewers an unprecedented look into this beautiful country. Andrés’ work has earned awards and distinctions such as the 2015 National Humanities Medal, one of twelve distinguished recipients of the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded by President Barack Obama, the Outstanding American by Choice award, presented by President Obama and the McCall-Pierpaoli humanitarian award. Andrés was also named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington for his leadership and impact on the global business community and was also awarded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Chair’s Medallion Award. For more information, visit www.JoseAndres.com.