Founder, World Central Kitchen
José is a world-renowned, James Beard Award-winning chef and culinary innovator who leads thirty different restaurants, including minibar, which has received the rare distinction of two Michelin stars.
Yet his status as a legendary chef is just the beginning of José’s story. He is also a bestselling author, educator, and most notably, a humanitarian. In 2010, Andrés founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit specializing in delivering food relief in the wake of natural and humanitarian disasters. His team served 3.7 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and has since served more than 20 million meals worldwide. José’s work has earned him worldwide acclaim and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Spain, José has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and on July 4, 2014 was named by President Barack Obama as that year’s “Outstanding American by Choice.” José was also named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” twice and received the 2015 National Humanities Medal.