Spoons Across America Award for Excellence
Named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in both 2012 and 2018, and awarded "Outstanding Chef" and "Humanitarian of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, New York Times best-selling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 31 restaurants located throughout the country and beyond, ranging in a variety of culinary experiences from a food truck to his multi-location vegetable-focused fast casual Beefsteak, to world-class tasting menus like two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés. Andrés is the only chef globally that has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands.
In 2010, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to end hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Notably, his team served over 3.7 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, an experience about which he wrote the bestselling book "We Fed An Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time." To date, World Cental Kitchen has served over 7 million meals and counting to survivors of disasters in Puerto Rico, California, Hawaii, Guatemala, Indonesia, North Carolina, Florida & Mexico. As a naturalized citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and immigrant rights in the United States. Andrés has earned numerous awards in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, including the 2015 National Humanities Medal. Award presentation by Jacques Pépin.