José Ramón Andrés Puerta (born July 13, 1969), known as José Andrés,
is a Spanish-American chef. Andrés is married and has three daughters.
He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. He became
a naturalized U.S. citizen in December 2013. Andrés was awarded a 2015
National Humanities Medal at a 2016 White House ceremony. In 2018,
Andrés was named a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his humanitarian work.
Andrés often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to
America. He owns several restaurants. Andrés is chair of the advisory
board for LA Kitchen, a social enterprise in Los Angeles that works to
reduce food waste, provide job training, and increase access to nutritious food.
Andrés planned to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington,
DC, in 2016. After 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.
In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen that
provides healthy food to families and individuals touched by disasters. In 2017
Andrés emerged as a leader of the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the
wake of Hurricane Maria. 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.
Just four days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, Andrés
and World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team served 80,000 meals to evacuees and
local emergency response teams.
In December 2018 when the Border Wall Shutdown began, Chef and humanitarian
José Andrés announced that he would provide free food to federal government
employees and their families. His nonprofit World Central Kitchen (WCK) managed
#ChefsForFeds, serving hot meals daily to federal workers, along with meals for
workers to take home to their families. On January 23, 2019 alone, they served
While the shutdown has temporarily ended, WCK will operate #ChefsForFeds Across the
Nation through at least February 1, 2019 as workers recover and await back pay.
Free lunches will be sent each day directly to locations such as the FBI and the
World Central Kitchen has provided millions of hot meals to people struck by disaster,
including survivors of Hurricane Florence, first responders in the California wildfires,
volcano victims in Guatemala, migrants in Tijuana, and millions of Puerto Ricans who
were left with nothing after Hurricane Maria.