Chef & Humanitarian
Twice named to Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list and awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal by President Obama, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, New York Times best-selling author, educator, humanitarian, and chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in America, he is known for his avant-garde cuisine and award-winning group of nearly three dozen restaurants throughout the country and beyond, including two with two Michelin stars: minibar by José Andrés in Washington, D.C., and Somni in Beverly Hills.
In 2010, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to end hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Notably, his team served 3.7 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and has since delivered more the 14 million meals in the wake of climate disasters worldwide. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform.