Jose Andres passes up golf for soccer


Jose Andres celebrates Spain's win over Germany in the World Cup semi-final in 2010. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

Anyone who knows Jose Andres knows exactly where he was Sunday afternoon: Watching the Spain vs. Italy European soccer final. It’s hard to say what the celebrity chef loves more: Food or his beloved national team.

Soccer’s gain was golf’s loss: Andres was set to be the star attraction for the Tiger Woods Foundation’s “District on the Green” VIP party at the AT&T Tournament, originally scheduled for Saturday. The party was postponed because of storm damage but went ahead Sunday — air-conditioning tents, endless martinis — but without Andres. (His team, however, did show up with appetizers from his restaurants.)

Instead, he hosted a party for fans at his Bethesda Jaleo, as he has every time Spain plays for a big title. “We were lucky — the restaurant had power,” Andres told us. Busy? “Oh my God! I probably shouldn’t say, but we were over capacity.” Better yet, Spain ran away with the championship, winning 4-0. (“After 10 gin&tonics. . . my head spinning like mad,” Andres tweeted Monday.) The victory celebration also included sending his food truck (with free water and meals) to powerless Maryland residents.




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