José Ramón Andrés Puerta (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse raˈmon anˈdɾes ˈpweɾta]; born 13 July 1969) is a Washington, D.C.-based, Spanish-American chef and restaurateur. He owns restaurants in several cities around the United States, and has won a number of awards, both for his cooking (including several James Beard Awards), and for his humanitarian work. He is a professor and the founder of the Global Food Institute at George Washington University.[2]

José Andrés
José Andrés
Andrés in 2012
José Ramón Andrés Puerta

(1969-07-13) 13 July 1969 (age 54)
American (since 2013)[1]
SpousePatricia Fernández de la Cruz
AwardsMichelin stars

Andrés is the founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.[3] A Spanish-born and raised cook, he is often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to America.[4] He was awarded a 2015 National Humanities Medal at a 2016 White House ceremony for his work with World Central Kitchen.[5] In addition, he has received honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, George Washington University, Harvard University, and Tufts University. In March, 2022 he was named as co-chair of the United States President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.

Early life and education edit

José Ramón Andrés Puerta was born in Mieres, Asturias, Spain.[6]

Andrés family moved to Catalonia when he was 6.[7] He enrolled in culinary school in Barcelona at the age of 15, and when he needed to complete his Spanish military service at age 18, he was assigned to cook for an admiral.[8] He met Ferran Adrià in Barcelona, and he worked three years at El Bulli, from 1988 to 1990.[9] In December 1990, he was fired by Adrià and decided to move to the United States.[10]

Culinary career edit

Coming to America edit

At the age of 21, Andrés arrived in New York City with $50 (equivalent to $112 in 2022), to cook in midtown Manhattan at an outpost of a popular Spanish restaurant, Eldorado Petit. During his time in New York, he also staged servings at The Quilted Giraffe.[8]

In 1993, he was hired to lead the kitchen at Jaleo, a new tapas restaurant in Washington, D.C. In subsequent years, he helped the owners of Jaleo to open more restaurants: Cafe Atlantico, Zaytinya and Oyamel, along with two more Jaleo outposts.[11]

In 2003, Andrés started minibar – a restaurant space within a larger restaurant – at a six-seat counter within Cafe Atlantico. minibar is devoted to serving the most creative Andrés plates, and reservations would fill up a month in advance.[11][8]

Celebrity chef and restaurateur edit

As his restaurants in America enjoyed success, Andrés became more famous in his native Spain, starring in his own cooking show, Vamos a Cocinar, which debuted in 2005.[6] He also published his first book, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America, in 2005.[11]

In 2006, he partnered with Robert Wilder to form ThinkFoodGroup, making Andrés a co-owner in his restaurants.[11] Together, they opened more restaurants in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Puerto Rico.[9]

Jose Andrés in 2012

Beginning in the fall of 2010, Andrés taught a culinary physics course at Harvard University with Ferran Adrià.[12] In May 2012, Andrés was named dean of Spanish Studies at The International Culinary Center, where he and Colman Andrews developed a curriculum in traditional and modern Spanish cuisine, which debuted in February 2013.[13] On October 29, 2012, he announced he was heading back to the classroom, and would teach his first course on how food shapes civilization at George Washington University.[14]

Trump Hotel restaurant and lawsuit edit

Andrés planned to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in 2016. After Donald Trump made disparaging comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants in June 2015, Andrés withdrew from the contract with the Trump Organization, which then sued him.[15] Andrés counter-sued, and the parties reached a settlement in April 2017.[16] Andrés remains an outspoken critic of Trump.[17][18]

World Central Kitchen edit

In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, which provides healthy food to families and individuals touched by disasters.[19] Since it was founded, the NGO has organized meals in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda, Cambodia,[3] and in Poland on the border of Ukraine.[20] It has provided aid and meals in the United States and Puerto Rico and has helped during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, José Andrés announced that he was going to donate a part of $100-million Courage and Civility Award given to him by Jeff Bezos[21] to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.[22]

Restaurants edit

Along with partner Rob Wilder,[23] Andrés owns several restaurants:[24]

Signature restaurants:

Inside of José Andrés's restaurant é, 2013
  • minibar by José AndrésWashington, D.C. – several chefs serve a prix fixe menu of about 25 small courses to twelve diners at a time.[25] Received two stars from the DC edition of the Michelin Guide in 2016.[26]
  • é by José AndrésLas Vegas – several chefs serve a prix fixe menu of about 25 small courses to nine diners at a time. Modeled after minibar and located inside Jaleo.[27]
  • The Bazaar by José AndrésMiami Beach, Washington, D.C., and New York City[28] – A combination of traditional Spanish tapas and foods inspired by molecular gastronomy.
  • Bazaar Meat by José Andrés – Las Vegas, Chicago, and Los Angeles (opening in 2023)[29] – Modern, high-end steakhouse featuring imported cuts of rare meat.
Jaleo restaurant in Las Vegas

Other restaurants:

  • Agua VivaDowntown Los Angeles (at the Conrad Hotel) – Rooftop restaurant with beach club theme that focuses on flavors from across the Latin and Asian diaspora.[30]
  • Airlight – Downtown Los Angeles (at the Conrad Hotel) – Poolside café featuring handheld bites and creative cocktails.[30]
  • Bar Mar by José Andrés – Chicago – Seafood-focused happy hour venue with a raw bar and fancy cocktails.[31]
  • barmini by José Andrés – Washington, D.C. – Cocktail bar adjacent to minibar.
  • Beefsteak – Washington, D.C. (on campus of George Washington University) – Vegetable-focused fast-casual restaurant.
  • The Beaudry Room – Downtown Los Angeles (at the Conrad Hotel) – Lobby bar featuring experimental cocktails and bite-sized tapas.[30]
  • Butterfly Tacos y Tortas — located inside of Audi Field in Washington, DC — Mexican and Latin fast-casual concept.
  • Café by the River – Chicago – All-day coffee shop and café.[32]
  • China Chilcano by José Andrés – Washington, DC – Chinese, Japanese and Peruvian fusion. Included in Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list of exceptional restaurants at moderate prices.[33]
  • China Poblano by José Andrés – Las Vegas – Chinese and Mexican fusion.
  • Fish by José AndrésParadise Island, Bahamas – Fresh Seafood and Bahamian Food
  • Jaleo by José Andrés – Washington, D.C., Orlando (inside of Disney Springs entertainment complex), Las Vegas, Chicago, and Dubai – Traditional Spanish tapas. DC location included in Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list of exceptional restaurants at moderate prices.[33]
  • Mercado Little Spain – New York City – Spanish food hall in The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.[34]
  • Nubeluz – New York City – Rooftop cocktail bar at the Ritz-Carlton in NoMad, Manhattan.[35]
  • Oyamel – Washington, D.C. – Small plates and antojitos. Included in Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list of exceptional restaurants at moderate prices.[33]
  • Pepe – Washington, D.C. (food truck) and Orlando (brick-and-mortar location inside of Disney Springs complex) – Fast-casual Spanish concept featuring sandwiches, salads, gazpacho, and more.
  • Pigtail by José Andrés – Chicago – Speakeasy-style cocktail bar located in the basement of Jaleo Chicago.[36]
  • San Laurel – Downtown Los Angeles (at the Conrad Hotel) – An interpretation of California cuisine through a Spanish lens.[30]
  • SED by José Andrés – Downtown Los Angeles (at the Conrad Hotel) – Craft cocktail bar highlighting seasonality and local ingredients.[30]
  • Spanish DinerBethesda, Maryland (spin-off of location inside of NYC's Mercado Little Spain) – A Spanish take on the classic American diner.
  • Zaytinya – Las Vegas,[37] Washington, D.C., and New York City – Small plates of food from the Mediterranean regions of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. Included in Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list of exceptional restaurants at moderate prices.[33]

Awards and honors edit

Awards and prizes
Media honors
Honorary degrees

Personal life edit

Andrés is married to Patricia "Tichi" Fernández de la Cruz and has three daughters; they live in Bethesda, Maryland, United States.[64][65][66] He met his wife while they were both living in Washington, DC; she is originally from Cadiz, Andalucía[67] in the southwest of Spain.[66]

He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in December 2013.[1]

Filmography edit

Date Title Type Role Episode(s) Notes
2005–2007 Vamos a cocinar Television Producer and host Vamos a cocinar, a food program on Televisión Española.[68]
2007 Iron Chef America Television Himself, chef defeated Bobby Flay.[69]
2008 Made in Spain Television a 26-part series for public television.[70]
2008 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Television Himself, chef Season 5, Episode 03 Washington, D.C., episode.[71]
2010 Top Chef Television Guest judge season 7, episode 8, "Foreign Affair" [72]
2013 The Taste Television Guest judge, mentor [73]
2013–2015 Hannibal Television Culinary consultant [74]
2017 American Masters Television Himself, chef season 31, episode 5, "Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft" Discussing working with chef, Jacques Pépin.[75]
2018 Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Television Himself, chef season 12, episode 2 Filmed in Asturias, Spain[76]
2021 Waffles + Mochi Television Himself, chef season 1, episode 1, "Tomato" [77]
2021 Tom + Talks Podcast Himself, chef season 1, episode 9, "Tom Talks - Ep9 w/ Chef José Andrés"
2022 Green Eggs and Ham (TV series) Television Sylvester (voice) season 2, episode 2, "Tinker Tailor Mother Spy"
2022 We Feed People Documentary Himself This documentary, which Ron Howard directed, focuses on World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that José Andrés founded, and his involvement with it.
2022–present Firebuds Television Chef Al (voice) 3 episodes
2022 José Andrés and Family in Spain Television Himself

Bibliography edit

  • Andrés, José (2007). Vamos a Cocinar (in Spanish). Planeta Pub Corp. ISBN 978-8408070368. – a book based on his Spanish cooking show Vamos a cocinar.
  • Andrés, José; Wolffe, Richard (November 2008). Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen. Clarkson Potter. ISBN 978-0-307-38263-4.
  • Andrés, José; Wolffe, Richard (November 2005). Tapas: A Taste Of Spain In America. Clarkson Potter. ISBN 978-1-4000-5359-9. – a cookbook on tapas and Spanish cuisine
  • Andrés, José; Wolffe, Richard (2018). We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time. Anthony Bourdain/Ecco. ISBN 978-0062864482. – after Hurricane Maria in 2017, Chef José Andrés had a "crazy dream" to feed Puerto Rico.
  • Andrés, José; Goulding, Matt (2019). Vegetables Unleashed—A Cookbook. Anthony Bourdain/Ecco. ISBN 978-0062668387.

See also edit

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