Andrés at the 2012 Time 100 gala
José Ramón Andrés Puerta
13 July 1969
José Ramón Andrés Puerta (born 13 July 1969) is a Spanish-American chef often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to America. He owns restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Florida; Frisco, Texas; Mexico City, and Dorado, Puerto Rico. Andrés is the founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. He was awarded a 2015 National Humanities Medal at a 2016 White House ceremony.
Andrés 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. He met Ferran Adrià in Barcelona, and he worked three years at elBulli, from 1988 to 1990. In December 1990, he was fired by Adrià and decided to move to the United States.
Coming to America
At the age of 21, Andrés arrived in New York City with $50 to cook in midtown Manhattan at an outpost of a popular Barcelona restaurant, Eldorado Petit. During his time in New York, he also staged at The Quilted Giraffe.
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.
Celebrity chef and restaurateur
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. He also published his first book, "Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America," in 2005.
In 2006, he negotiated with Robert Wilder to form ThinkFoodGroup, making Andrés a co-owner in his restaurants. Together, they opened more restaurants in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Puerto Rico.
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Andrés taught a culinary physics course at Harvard University with Ferran Adrià. 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. On 29 October 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.
Trump Hotel restaurant and lawsuit
Andrés planned to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, in 2016. After Donald Trump made disparaging comments about Mexicans in June 2015, Andrés withdrew from the contract with the Trump Organization, which then sued him. Andrés counter-sued, and the parties reached a settlement in April 2017. Andrés remains an outspoken critic of Trump.
World Central Kitchen
In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen which provides healthy food to families and individuals touched by disasters. Since its founding, the NGO has organized meals in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda, and in Cambodia.
Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria response
Andrés emerged as a leader of the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017. His efforts to provide assistance encountered obstacles from FEMA and government bureaucrats, so instead, "we just started cooking." He organized a grass-roots movement of chefs and volunteers to establish communications, food supplies, and other resources and started serving meals. Andrés and his organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) served more than two million meals in the first month after the hurricane. WCK received two short term FEMA contracts and served more meals than the Salvation Army or the Red Cross, but its application for longer term support was denied.
For his efforts in Puerto Rico, Andrés was named the 2018 Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. He wrote a book about the experience called We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time.
- minibar by José Andrés – Washington, DC – several chefs serve a prix fixe menu of about 25 small courses to six diners at a time. East Coast sister restaurant to é. Received two stars from the DC edition of the Michelin Guide in 2016.
- é by José Andrés – Las Vegas – several chefs serve a prix fixe menu of about 25 small courses to nine diners at a time. West Coast sister restaurant to minibar.
- America Eats Tavern – Washington, DC & Vienna, Virginia – Traditional American dishes in conjunction with the Foundation for the National Archives.
- barmini by José Andrés – Washington, DC – Cocktail bar adjacent to minibar.
- The Bazaar by José Andrés – South Beach, Florida – Spanish tapas featuring unique mixology and culinary experiences
- Bazaar Meat by José Andrés – Las Vegas – Modern steakhouse located in the SLS Hotel.
- The Bazaar – Los Angeles and Miami Beach – A combination of traditional Spanish tapas and foods inspired by molecular gastronomy.
- Bazaar Mar – downtown Miami – Seafood-focused, with extensive raw bar
- Beefsteak – Washington, DC, Bethesda, Maryland, and Cleveland – Vegetable-focused fast-casual restaurant.
- China Chilcano – Washington, DC – Chinese, Japanese and Peruvian fusion. Included in Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list of exceptional restaurants at moderate prices.
- China Poblano – Las Vegas – Chinese and Mexican fusion.
- Fish – Oxon Hill, Maryland, and Paradise Island, Bahamas - Fresh Seafood and Bahamian Food
- J by José Andrés – Mexico City – Spanish and Mexican cuisine in the W Hotel.
- Jaleo – Washington, DC, Bethesda, Maryland, Arlington, Virginia, Las Vegas – Traditional Spanish tapas. DC location included in Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list of exceptional restaurants at moderate prices.
- Mi Casa – Dorado, Puerto Rico – Spanish and traditional Puerto Rican cuisine.
- Oyamel – Washington, DC – Small plates and antojitos. Included in Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list of exceptional restaurants at moderate prices.
- Pepe – Washington, DC – Food Truck serving Spanish flautas.
- Somni at The Bazaar – Los Angeles – Small dining room inside The Bazaar specializing in foods inspired by molecular gastronomy. Replaces SAAM, which was previously at this location. Only 10 diners at a time with two seatings per night.
- Tres by José Andrés – Los Angeles – Lobby restaurant located in the SLS Hotel.
- Zaytinya – Washington, DC, and Frisco, Texas – 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.
Awards and honors
- Awards and prizes
- 2003 – Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic Region, James Beard Foundation
- 2010 – Orden de las Artes y las Letras de España – Order of Arts and Letters, Cabinet of Spain
- 2010 – Vilcek Prize in Culinary Arts
- 2011 – Outstanding Chef, James Beard Foundation
- 2015 – National Humanities Medal, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), United States government
- 2017 – Lifetime Achievement Award, International Association of Culinary Professionals
- 2018 – James Beard Foundation Award for Humanitarian of the Year
- Media Honors
- 2004 – Saveur 100 List, Saveur
- 2004 – Chef of the Year, Bon Appetit
- 2009 – Chef of the Year, GQ
- 2012 – One of the world's 100 most influential people,Time
- 2016 – Michelin Guide Washington, DC, 2 Michelin stars for minibar by José Andrés
- 2018 – One of the world's 100 most influential people,Time
- Honorary degrees
- Andrés received in May 2014, a honorary doctorate degree in public service from George Washington University, and served as the university's commencement speaker at the National Mall the same year.
- In May 2018, Andrés received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Tufts University and served as the commencement speaker for the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
- In 2015, Andrés was appointed by President Barack Obama as an ambassador for citizenship and naturalization.
- In 2018, Andrés was named a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his humanitarian work.
|2005–2007||Vamos a cocinar||Television||producer and host||Vamos a cocinar, a food program on Televisión Española.|
|2007||Iron Chef America||Television||Chef||defeated Bobby Flay.|
|2008||Made in Spain||Television||a 26-part series for public television.|
|2008||Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations||Television||Chef||Washington, DC episode.|
|2010||Top Chef||Television||Guest judge||season 7, episode 8: foreign affair.|
|2013||The Taste||Television||Guest judge, mentor|||
|2018||Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown||Television||Chef||season 12, episode 2, filmed in Asturias, Spain|
- André, José (2007). Vamos a Cocinar (in Spanish). Planeta Pub Corp. ISBN 8408070363. – 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 0062864483. - after Hurricane Maria in 2017, Chef José Andrés had a "crazy dream" to feed Puerto Rico.
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He started his culinary career when he interned at the world-famous El Bulli Restaurant in Catalonia, Spain with friend, mentor, and equally-famous Ferran Adrià. He worked in El Bulli for three years from 1988 to 1990.
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José Andrés modern Bethesda, Maryland home.
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