Named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and recognized by Timemagazine on the “Time 100” list of most influential people in the world, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. TFG is the team responsible for renowned dining concepts in Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico. These include minibar by José Andrés, Zaytinya, Oyamel, Jaleo and China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills and South Beach, and Mi Casa at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico. TFG also supports Jose’s media, creative and education projects as well as philanthropic and social efforts. Often recognized for creating the “Spanish food boom” in America, Andrés is Dean of the Spanish Studies program at the International Culinary Center, the first and only professional program of its kind in the United States. Andrés is host and executive producer of Made in Spain on PBS. His cookbooks include Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America and he has introduced a line of culinary products from Spain with Jose Andres Foods. Andrés teaches at Harvard and The George Washington University. He is also the founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world.
A Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot Restaurateur”, José is credited with introducing Americans to both avant-garde and traditional Spanish cooking. Born in the northern region of Asturias and raised outside of Barcelona, José chose cooking as his life’s work at the age of 15. He attended the School of Restaurants and Hotels of Barcelona and trained in Michelin-starred restaurants including elBulli with world-renowned Master Chef and friend Ferran Adrià. He made his way to the U.S. and then to DC to work with Rob Wilder and Roberto Alvarez’s Proximo restaurants. Heading up the kitchen at Jaleo, he helped create one of the first critically and commercially successful tapas restaurants in the country, setting the standard for other Spanish and small plate restaurants to follow. Mediterranean-inspired Zaytinya followed soon after and then Oyamel Cocina Mexicana. With the opening of his innovative minibar by josé andrés in 2003, Food & Wine hailed José as the “hero of the Spanish revolution,” who “helped create the Spanish food boom in America.” And the New York Times called him “the boy wonder of culinary Washington.” In 2006, José and Rob transformed Proximo restaurants into ThinkFoodGroup. In 2010, José and Rob were awarded the Richard Melman Award from Restaurant Hospitality in recognition of their efforts to create exciting and relevant restaurant concepts. Last year, Jose realized a long time dream to build an innovative and visually stunning new home for his creative center at minibar. With the new location designed by renowned Spanish architect Juli Capella, Jose opened the adjacent barmini by José Andrés, his first culinary cocktail lounge. Later this fall, Jose will reopen America Eats Tavern in its new home at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.
With a four-star review from the Los Angeles Times, José made his mark on Los Angeles with the creation of SLS Hotels. Partnering with SBE Hotel Group and designer Philippe Starck, SLS at Beverly Hills, opened its doors in fall 2008. As culinary director of the SLS Hotels, José oversees the food & beverage programs for the hotels, including the signature destination restaurant The Bazaar by José Andrés. The intimate chef’s tasting room, Saam, inside the Bazaar in Beverly Hills, was also named a Top Ten Most Memorable Dining Experience by the LA Times food critic. Quickly garnering critical acclaim, the second outpost of the SLS Hotel made its debut in Miami’s South Beach in 2012, attracting a 3.5 star review by the Miami Herald for the Bazaar by José Andrés South Beach.
José brought his creative style to Las Vegas in 2010 with the opening of three restaurants at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. José exported his highly successful tapas concept, Jaleo, re-imagined for Las Vegas with a one of a kind wood fired paella grill. Tucked in a small private room adjacent to Jaleo’s bustling bar is one of Vegas’ great culinary treasures, é by José Andrés, an intimate 8-seat room featuring a tasting menu of Spanish avant-garde cooking. The Manila galleons that carried Spanish treasure across the Pacific in the 16th century served as inspiration for José’s China Poblano, a restaurant offering authentic Chinese and Mexican flavors under one roof. Conde Nast Traveler named China Poblano one of their “Hot Tables” for 2011 and Travel and Leisure called it one of the top 5 hotel hot spots in the country.
Often considered an unofficial Ambassador of Spain, José is the Dean of the Spanish Studies program of the International Culinary Center, the first professional program of its kind, dedicate to the cuisine of Spain. José is host and executive producer of the PBS series Made in Spain, a culinary journey of his homeland. His cookbooks include the companion to the PBS series, Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen and Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America. José is also a television star in Spain, where his production “Vamos a Cocinar” on Televisión Española (TVE) was the country’s most popular cooking program, revolutionizing food television in Spain. In November of 2010, Spain’s Ministry of Culture recognized José with the prestigious Order of Arts and Letter medallion, honoring his efforts to promote Spanish culture abroad. He is the first chef to receive this award presented by the Government of Spain.
Throughout his career, José has drawn the praise of the public, the press and his peers for his vision, imagination and award-winning restaurant concepts. In September 2013, Jose was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Award by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation making him the first chef in the history of the awards to be recognized. He won the James Beard Foundation award for “Best Chef: Mid Atlantic” and was inducted into their Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. His restaurants Zaytinya in Washington, DC (2003) and The Bazaar by José Andrés in LA (2009) were both nominated for JBF’s Best New Restaurant. After several nominations, Jose was awarded the top prize for a chef with the “Outstanding Chef” award in May of 2011. The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) gave José the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award in recognition of his dedication and leadership in the DC area restaurant industry. RAMW also named José “Chef of the Year” in 2006. In 2010, the Vilcek Foundation, an organization honoring foreign-born Americans who have made exemplary contributions to the arts, chose José as recipient of their first Prize for the Culinary Arts.
José is also known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. He is a sought after speaker on a variety of issues including hunger, food security, nutrition education and childhood obesity. He has appeared at summits and conferences hosted by the World Economic Forum in Davos, The Atlantic, The Economist and the Clinton Global Initiative. After traveling to post-earthquake Haiti, José launched World Central Kitchen, which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world. Through his leadership of WCK, José joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as Culinary Ambassador. This effort, championed by former Secretary Hillary Clinton, works to raise awareness of the harmful effects of inefficient and toxic cooking in the developing world and to promote new alternative technologies. Recently, Andrés was named to the American Chef Corps as part of the US State Department Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, which aims to elevate the role of culinary engagement in America’s formal and public diplomacy efforts. He is Chairman Emeritus for DC Central Kitchen, an organization that combats hunger and creates opportunities with culinary training where he has been involved for the past 20 years. As a frequent visitor of the White House, he is also a supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama´s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign for which he has held healthy cooking demonstrations. Recently José was called upon to serve as a member of the board of directors of the National Archives. He was named by the Secretary of Commerce to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Andrés also teaches “Science and Cooking” at Harvard University as well “The World on a Plate: How Food Shapes Civilization” at George Washington University. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and three daughters.
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