Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup

Named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. TFG is the team responsible for Washington, DC’s renowned dining concepts Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, and minibar by josé andrés, as well as The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. His recent restaurant openings include Jaleo, China Poblano, and é by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and America Eats Tavern in Washington, DC, a collaboration with the National Archives. Next he will open in Miami with an SLS South Beach and The Bazaar by José Andrés. Later in 2012 he will present his first dining destination outside the US, in Puerto Rico at the Dorado Beach, Ritz Carlton Reserve. He can be seen on PBS as host and executive producer of Made in Spain. His native Spain awarded him the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters medallion in 2010 for his efforts to promote the culture of Spain, making him the first chef to receive this recognition.

José is also known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. He is a sought after speaker on a variety of issues including hunger, food security, nutrition education and childhood obesity.  He has appeared at summits and conferences hosted by the The AtlanticThe Economist and the Clinton Global Initiative.  After traveling to post-earthquake Haiti, José launched World Central Kitchen, which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world. Through his leadership of WCK, José has now joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as Culinary Ambassador. This effort, championed by Secretary Hillary Clinton, works to raise awareness of the harmful effects of inefficient and toxic cooking in the developing world and to promote new alternative technologies. He is Chairman Emeritus for DC Central Kitchen, an organization that combats hunger and creates opportunities with culinary training where he has been involved for the past 20 years. As a frequent visitor of the White House, he is also a supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama´s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign for which he has held healthy cooking demonstrations. Recently José was called upon to serve as a new member of the board of directors of the National Archives. He teaches at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as part of the course “Science and Cooking.” He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three daughters.