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Spain to Honor DC's Celebrity Chef José Andrés

November 2010

For the first time, a chef is being awarded one of Spain's highest culture honors.

The Spanish cabinet agreed Friday to award U.S. restaurateur Jose Andres the Order of Arts and Letters medallion. The prize honors those who share Spain's culture with the world.

Andres grew up near Barcelona and has built a small food empire in Washington that is extending to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. His eatery Jaleo is credited with popularizing the small dishes known as Spanish tapas in the United States.

Andres also hosts the PBS series "Made in Spain" and beat Bobby Flay on TV's "Iron Chef."

Spain also will honor New York City psychiatrist Luis R. Marcos for his study of bilingual mentally ill people and journalist and writer Barbara Probst Solomon at a ceremony Nov. 30.

Associated Press