José Andrés

 

Chef José Andrés is the proud owner of 31 award-winning restaurants, two Michelin stars, a James Beard Award, and a signature immigrant success story. The Spanish-American restaurateur made his name opening a number of successful small-plate restaurants across the country, from Washington DC to Los Angeles. Chef Andrés is also chair of the advisory board for L.A. Kitchen, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing food waste, job training, and widening access to nutritious food. Chef Andrés’ nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, has done amazing work in Puerto Rico and elsewhere following devastating natural disasters. This past January, Chef Andrés penned an op-ed for the Washington Post arguing that removing protective status on immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras “has thrown families across the country into chaos. This policy shift also has the potential to devastate my industry and hurt the overall economy.” He goes on to lay out some of the many reasons why immigrants, like those who work in his restaurants, are a crucial part of the American experience. He became a naturalized citizen in 2013.

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