Rep. John Delaney of Maryland has nominated Spanish-born chef José Andrés for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The only people allowed to submit nominees are previous winners, past and current members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and current members of a national assembly like the House of Representatives.
According to the Washington Post, Delaney said, “Because of Mr. Andrés’s work, millions of people have been fed. This is the most basic human need and Mr. Andrés has proven to be world-class in this essential humanitarian field. With an incredible spirit and an innovative mind, Mr. Andrés is solving one of the world’s ancient problems and supplying world leaders with a new roadmap to provide more effective disaster relief in the future.”
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Andrés is the face of ThinkFoodGroup, the parent company behind Jaleo, Oyamel, Minibar and other restaurants in Washington. But it’s his efforts outside his restaurants that’s being recognized. In 2010, he founded World Central Kitchen. Since then, he’s been helping out in disaster zones, most notably feeding and rebuilding Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Maria, and most recently, serving Thanksgiving dinner with chefs Guy Fieri and Tyler Florence to 15,000 California Camp Fire survivors.
Banner photo courtesy of chef José Andrés.