28 September 2021



José Becomes 5th Julia Child Award Recipient

The Julia Child Foundation announced José as the winner for making a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats, and drinks.

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José Releases Best-Selling Vegetable Cookbook

Vegetables Unleashed, José's love letter to the plant kingdom, celebrates the vibrancy and versatility of vegetables.

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The World's 50 Best Restaurants Names José As Its American Express Icon Award Winner

"Humanitarian. Immigrant. Chef. Three words that define José Ramón Andrés Puerta and his priorities better than any other. " - World's 50 Best

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March 19, 2019

#ChefsForNebraska Activates

World Central Kitchen has served over 10,000 meals in Nebraska after severe flooding.

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February 20, 2019

#ChefsForVenezuela Activates

World Central Kitchen's Chef Relief Team touched down in Cúcuta, on the border of Venezuela and Colombia.

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January 16, 2019

#ChefsForFeds Launches to Help Government Employees

World Central Kitchen served 100,000 meals to federal employees and their families impacted by the longest government shutdown to date.

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September 11

José Publishes We Fed An Island

José's New York Times best-selling book, We Fed An Island, is the true story of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many more.

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September 10

José On Fresh Air With Terry Gross

José spoke with Fresh Air host Terry Gross about Philly Cheesesteaks, Puerto Rico, and how chefs are prepared for disaster relief.

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August 24

World Central Kitchen Activates in Indonesia

In response to a devastating earthquake, World Central Kitchen activated its Chef Relief Team alongside All Hands and Hearts and local partners to provide critical food support to those in need.

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July 30

#ChefsForCalifornia Deploys

The World Central Kitchen team activated two kitchens to feed evacuees from and first responders to a series of wildfires in Northern California.

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June 9

José and World Central Kitchen Activate in Guatemala

Following the devastating volcano in Guatemala, José and the World Central Kitchen team worked to feed survivors and first responders.

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June 6

Dine-n-Dash Celebrates Puerto Rico

World Central Kitchen's annual fundraiser featured the #ChefsForPuertoRico who worked alongside José to feed the island after Hurricane Maria.

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May 20

José Receives Honorary Doctorate from Tufts University

José was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Tufts University for his "commitment to fighting hunger and poverty, and to helping communities empower themselves."

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May 7

José Receives James Beard Humanitarian Award

The award, recognizing individuals who "better the lives of others and society at large," was given to José at the annual awards show in Chicago. (photo courtesy of Eater)

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November 1

José Speaks at Obama Foundation Summit

José discussed his relief efforts in Puerto Rico where World Central Kitchen has served more than 2 million meals to Puerto Ricans. “We became an army of hope one plate at a time,” he said. Start watching at 1:03:00.

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October 27

A Conversation with Alice Waters, Washington Post and José

Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and advocate for sustainable agriculture, sat down with José and the Washington Post to discuss food and hunger issues in America.

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October 18

WCK and José Serve 1 Millionth Meal

World Central Kitchen, José, and #ChefsforPuertoRico announced that their relief efforts in Puerto Rico have served over 1 million meals.

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October 7

José Talks with Business Insider

Alyson Shontell and José discuss his restaurant success and how he became a Michelin two-star chef on Business Insider’s podcast, Success! How I Did It.

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Anderson Cooper and José Talk Harvey Relief

José spoke to CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper about World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts in Houston and praised everyone’s support, “I’ve seen every single person in Houston ready to help. And especially my fellow cooks, my fellow chefs.”

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José Named an American Food Hero in EatingWell Magazine

EatingWell Magazine named José a 2017 American Food Hero for helping fight hunger and “fearlessly plunging into the political debate around immigration”.

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September 1

Spain Issue of Food & Wine Guest Edited by José

Food & Wine Magazine asked José to guest edit their September issue. The issue includes José’s Black Book, an ultimate guide to traveling in Spain.

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August 30

WCK Team, José Travel to Houston

José travelled to Houston with his non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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August 28

José Appears on the Today Show

José appeared on the Today Show to promote his guest-edited issue of Food & Wine Magazine, demoing Salt-Baked Fish, Pan con Tomate and Little Gems with Warm Garlicky Dressing.

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July 17

José Talks About Fighting Hunger in People Magazine

José was featured on for his work fighting hunger through his organization World Central Kitchen.
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June 19

José Co-Hosts “A Taste of Spain” in Bordeaux

José and Ferran Adrià are working together once again as culinary co-chairs at “A Taste of Spain” at VinExpo in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Wine Spectator)

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June 13

José named a Finalist for the Basque Culinary World Prize

José is one of ten finalists for the prestigious award, which is given to a chef who has contributed to the community through food. (Photo by Basque Culinary Center)

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June 7

Dine-N-Dash is a Hit

Ted Allen and Andrew Zimmern joined José at Dine-N-Dash to eat their way through some of the best restaurants in D.C. and benefit José’s charity organization, World Central Kitchen.

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May 9

José Announces a Spanish Dining & Market Destination in NYC

Renowned Spanish chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià are partnering with José to create a dining and market destination in Hudson Yards. (Photo by Evy Mages / Washingtonian)

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March 16

José Talks Inequality and Opportunity at Aspen Summit

Alongside DC Central Kitchen's Mike Curtin and Tony Vinson, as well as journalist Corby Kummer, José discussed how food is being used to change the world.

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March 15

José Named in the Restaurant Business Power 20

José’s success stems from being prepared to evolve and always pushing ahead. “We are constantly growing, learning and looking for new opportunities,” he said.

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March 11

José Storms Austin at SXSW

José spent the weekend in Austin cooking with legendary BBQ pitmaster Aaron Franklin and Chicon Chef Andres Wiseheart as well as speaking about clean cookstoves with WIRED Editor Robert Capps.

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March 2

José Partners With DC United, Combining his Love for Food and Football

José will partner with Levy to provide culinary oversight for the soccer team’s new stadium in Southwest Washington. (Photo by DC United)

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March 1

People Magazine Features José Cooking at Home

With the help of his daughters, José cooked Gambas al Ajillo for the magazine.

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February 25

José Honored at SOBEWFF

José was awarded for his deep passion and lifelong talent by fellow chefs at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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January 28-29

Ninth Annual Sips & Suppers Kicks Off

José joined Alice Waters and Joan Nathan to kick off the ninth annual Sips and Suppers, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for DC Central Kitchen and Martha's Table.

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January 17

José Joins Kathleen Merrigan to Inaugurate a New Semester at GWU

To kick off the start of the semester, José and GWU Executive Director of Sustainability Kathleen Merrigan speak about the importance of clean cookstoves with special guests.

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January 12-15

José Attends the Ninth Annual Cayman Cookout

José returned to Grand Cayman for the 9th annual Cayman Cookout along with his friends Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Emeril Lagasse, Tim Love, and more! (Photo by Rebecca Davidson)

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November 21

José Makes Thanksgiving Margaritas with Seth Meyers

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, José makes his famous Salt Air Margaritas with a special twist – mezcal infused with Jamón Ibérico.

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October 13

minibar by José Andrés Wins Two Michelin Stars

In the first ever DC Michelin Guide, José’s temple of avant-garde cuisine wins a coveted two stars. His restaurants China Chilcano, Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytinya also receive prestigious Bib Gourmand mentions.

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September 22

President Obama awards José Andrés National Humanities Medal

Calling him a “quintessential success story,” President Obama presents José with the National Humanities Medal.

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August 28

José Speaks About Teamwork at MAD5 in Copenhagen

José joins Rene Redzepi and other internationally-renowned chefs to discuss what kitchens will be like in the future.

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June 15

José Hosts Dine-N-Dash 2016

You’re invited to the summer’s ultimate foodie event: Dine-N-Dash, hosted by José and World Central Kitchen, his non-profit organization that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty. This year, it’s coming to two DC neighborhoods in one night. Giving back was never so delicious.

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June 10-11

José Speaks At Food Loves Tech

José will demonstrate clean cookstoves and give a fireside chat at Food Loves Tech, an expo that offers a vision of the future of food through technology.

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May 5

José Attends White House Cinco De Mayo Reception


May 4

José A Panelist At Latino Talks

The Latino Victory Foundation, co-founded by Henry R. Muñoz III and Eva Longoria, convenes prominent panelists, including José, to examine the growing influence of Latinos in the United States.

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April 13

José Attends White House Science Fair

José attended the sixth annual White House Science Fair, meeting young scientists working on projects related to food and energy.

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April 10-12

José Heads To 7th Annual Chefs Collaborative Summit

José will speak at the 7th Annual Chefs Collaborative Summit, to be held in New York City. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Good Food is Smart Business”. The program brings together chefs, entrepreneurs, investors, and writers around this common cause.

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March 28

José Cooks At White House Easter Egg Roll

José will prepare tasty recipes at the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll, at the Play With Your Food Stage. You can tune in for live streams from the White House’s South Lawn at

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March 19-23

José Joins Historic Cuba Delegation

As part of President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, José will visit the country in his capacity as US Culinary Ambassador.


March 11-20

José Speaks At South by Southwest 2016

José will take part in a session at the 30th South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, the ultimate convergence of music, film, and innovation. On March 14 José will speak to the question—what happens when indie, hip food culture goes mass? Plus, true to SXSW’s musical spirit, José has assembled a supergroup of ThinkFoodGroup chefs past and present, for a one-night-only pop-up dinner on Tuesday, March 15.

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March 9-12

José Joins All-Star Chef Classic: Los Angeles

José touches down in Los Angeles for the third All-Star Chef Classic. This event celebrates the passion, innovation, and community of great food and cooking. And its lineup includes a who’s who of Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs from around the globe. José will prepare a multi-course meal at the event’s Noche de Masters Dinner along with chef friends like Gastón Acurio.

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February 24 - February 28

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is welcoming José and friends to Miami, for its 15th annual mega-foodie experience. The event showcases the talent of top chefs, producers, vendors, and food personalities, and proceeds benefit Florida International University’s School of Hospitality. José will host his sold-out Paella & Tapas by the Pool party at SLS South Beach Thursday, February 25th.

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November 6th – 8th

You’re Invited: A Culinary Getaway in Puerto Rico with José

Pack your bathing suit and join José at the first annual Dorado Beach Culinary Getaway, hosted at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. With an elite roster of chef friends in tow, including Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and José Enrique, José will host an unforgettable weekend filled with exclusive dinners, tastings and culinary surprises.

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October 25th – 27th

StarChefs International Chefs Congress 10th Anniversary NY

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, StarChefs International Chef Congress will welcome José at their annual culinary symposium to discuss the roles of collaboration and connectivity with the future of food. José will give a special presentation, “From minibar to Beefsteak,” where he’ll demonstrate how diverse business ideas, whether they be avant-garde or fast casual, can all funnel into one universal goal.

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October 20th – 21st

José as Plenary speaker at The Houston Points of Light Conference

José will speak at the 2015 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Houston, TX where the spirit of volunteerism and civic engagement are deeply rooted. Throughout the week, the Conference will offer plenaries featuring the most recognized names in leadership, entertainment and philanthropy leadership, all joining attendees to celebrate 25 years of volunteering and service.

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Fall 2015


This fall, National Geographic and PBS are airing UNDISCOVERED HAITI, a documentary chronicling José’s exploration of the most unknown – and some say, the most beautiful – island in the Caribbean.

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July 2015

José Joins The 2015 Milan Universal Exposition

José attended the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition to speak on his role as the Culinary Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

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July 25th

José Joins President Obama at The Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

On July 25, José spoke to a group of African chefs about hunger, the hazards of cookstoves, and the world of culinary entrepreneurship at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit brought to light the innovations and growth that is taking place across the clean cookstoves and fuels market. José was accompanied by fellow American President Barack Obama, who was the keynote speaker of the two-day event, as well as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

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June 9th

The Third Annual Dine-N-Dash

Join José and friends at DC’s top restaurants and food trucks in the Penn Quarter for a night filled with food, drinks and live music to benefit World Central Kitchen. Click here to buy tickets.

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June 7th

José as Keynote Speaker at BITE Conference

José will serve as Chef Chair at the inaugural BITE Conference in Santa Clara, California. Hosted by Octagon culinary, the event will bring the best and brightest from the worlds of culinary and technology to the epicenter of American innovation.

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May 21st

José Hosts Las Vegas Epicurean Affair

José heads to Las Vegas to host the Nevada Restaurant Association’s Las Vegas Epicurean Affair of 2015. He will join chefs Daniel Boulud and Julian Serrano at a culinary evening featuring food and drinks from some of the best chefs in the world.

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May 19th

José Honored at GALA Hispanic Theater Noche de Estrellas

José will be honored at the GALA Hispanic Theater’s Noche de Estrellas with the Business and Philanthropy award. The event celebrates the art, community and philanthropic leaders from the Washington area.

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May 4th

José at the James Beard Awards

José heads to Chicago to present the Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 25th Anniversary of the James Beard Awards.

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January 24 - 25

Sips & Suppers in Washington, D.C.

Sips & Suppers is a major celebration of food and community in the Washington, DC metro area. Now in its seventh year, Sips & Suppers began in 2009 as the brainchild of Alice Waters to raise the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital and to promote efforts to develop sustainable and local solutions to these challenges. On the weekend of January 24 and 25 we will celebrate once again.

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About José Andrés

Twice named to Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list and awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, NYT best-selling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in America, he is known for his avant-garde cuisine and award-winning group of 31 restaurants throughout the country and beyond, including two-Michelin starred minibar by José Andrés and Somni. His work with his non-profit World Central Kitchen has earned global respect – notably, his team served over 3.6 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.