Chef Jose Andres weighs in on Paula Deen’s diabetes announcement


Andres in his first restaurant in D.C., Jaleo, on March 10, 2010. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

The James Beard award winner told “CBS This Morning” on Thursday that Deen and Food Network “could be doing more to send the right message” when it comes to promoting healthier eating habits.

“If I was her, I would go forward and I will be telling people maybe what we did over the last 10 years maybe was not the right thing,” Andres said.

Andres, an outspoken advocate for improved school lunch standards, for ending childhood obesity and for more responsible food marketing, isn’t the only celebrity chef to criticize Deen’s decision to simultaneously continue with her show and become a spokeswoman for a drug manufacturer that makes diabetes medication. Anthony Bourdain took to Twitter on Tuesday night with his tongue-in-cheek criticism: “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can probably sell crutches later.”

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