The life of Chef José Andrés

He's turned his New York and Washington D.C. restaurants into community kitchens amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and for years has made it his mission to feed people in need during times of crisis. This is the life of chef José Andrés.

The philanthropic chef

He closed his New York and Washington restaurants to transform them into community kitchens. He served more meals than the Red Cross in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He has more than 30 restaurants in the world. This is José Andrés.

He learned to cook from his father

José Andrés was born in 1969 in Spain. As a child, he fell in love with cooking while preparing paellas in the forest with his father. At the age of 18, during his military service, he was assigned to the position of a cook, first for an admiral, then on an army ship. At 19, he met the famous Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, but he was fired from his restaurant two years later and decided to settle in the United States with only 50 dollars in his pocket. In 1993, he became the chef of the Jaleo restaurant in Washington and popularized tapas in the United States. At 33, he opened his own restaurant, Zaytinya, still in Washington. In 2005, his popularity grew in Spain with the launch of his show Vamos a Cocinar and the publication of a book.

He enters Time’s list of the 100 most influential personalities

In 2009, he was elected "Chef of the Year" by GQ magazine. At the age of 40, the day after the earthquake in Haiti, he decided to create the organization World Central Kitchen to bring meals to the victims. At 43, he entered the Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, he became an American citizen. In 2015, he plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, but ultimately decides to give up after the presidential candidate's remarks about Mexican immigrants. Donald Trump then decides to prosecute him. The chief strikes back. An agreement will be reached between the two parties in 2017.

He receives the National Humanities Medal from the hands of Barack Obama

At 47, he receives hands from Barack Obama the national medal of the Humanities. In 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico very hard. Very quickly, the chef decides to help. In all, more than 3.6 million meals will be served in Puerto Rico. In 2018, John Delaney, elected Democrat in the House of Representatives, proposed his name for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2019, it provided more than 10 million meals to victims of 19 natural disasters or emergencies in the United States and abroad. March 15, 2020, in full Covid-19 epidemic, he decided to close his restaurants in New York and Washington and transform some of them into community kitchens to provide meals for the poor.


03/24/2020 7:00 PM


  • Linda J.
    03/25/2020 18:16

    So sounds like he was more true help than any government “help”. Congratulations to such an extraordinary gentlemen.

  • Gloria A.
    03/25/2020 17:42

    THIS is what it is all about. HELP where you can. Spread the love people!!

  • Mel N.
    03/25/2020 12:49

    Bless ur kind heart 💜 🇮🇪🇮🇪

  • Bernhart D.
    03/25/2020 12:13

    While other american michelin stars restaurant screaming “save american restaurant” this “immigrant” help to feed people in america.. Merica.. you have serious problem here...

  • Femio J.
    03/25/2020 08:22

    God bless you brother and your family for many years to come. Shalom

  • Teresa M.
    03/25/2020 06:01

    God Bless you! ✌️♥️🙏🌎

  • Suzy H.
    03/25/2020 04:34

    He and his organization are THE most impressive, compassionate, passionate, talented, hard-working, intelligent, resourceful, humble, strong, forces of nature that have ever existed!

  • Gandhi M.
    03/25/2020 03:55

    I love your great service, Sir.

  • Wanda L.
    03/25/2020 03:00

    💙👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 That's what it's about!

  • Djuro K.
    03/25/2020 01:25

  • Mario C.
    03/25/2020 01:12

    Thanks Cheff!

  • Glen M.
    03/25/2020 01:05

    Bravo Señor !!

  • Naguib C.
    03/25/2020 00:55

    🙏 🙏 🙏 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

  • Judith R.
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  • Fran Q.
    03/25/2020 00:47

    A hero!

  • Jose M.
    03/24/2020 21:09

    God bless Jose Andres. He's one hell of a human being.

  • Nico B.
    03/24/2020 21:03

    This is a man with wings and a big heart

  • Amel d.
    03/24/2020 20:33

    See! This is what you do with your privilege and elitism! You help your community when it is hurting! This has nothing to do with asking for a handout or asking for others to help when you should already be able to! There are times like right now where everyone is hurting and still people are saying “stop asking others for help” or “so! Deal with it”. That’s a horrible way to think and I am so glad this man is doing something to help! Thank you!

  • Elaine G.
    03/24/2020 20:04

    Nobel Prize

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