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José Andrés Delivers Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Commencement Address

June 2016

José Andrés delivered the commencement speech to 470 graduates of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on June 1. He urged graduates to embrace inclusion while telling them the story of his life, from his childhood in Spain, where his father taught him that controlling the fire is the most important thing about cooking, to his youth as an immigrant arriving in New York City with just a few dollars in his pocket, to his present-day work with World Central Kitchen.

“The history of this country, and the world, is a tale of the conflict between two forces: the forces of exclusion and the forces of inclusion,” José said. “We all have both impulses inside of us. We decide which ones we emphasize.”

“The challenges we face today – hunger, poverty, inequality, war – the consequences of exclusion – they have been around forever, but that doesn’t mean it always has to be this way," he added. "New recipes must be written. You will write them. You already are writing them!”

Click here to download the full text of José's commencement address.