Few people in the world are recipients of the coveted Nobel Peace Prize. Now, the culinary world might just have one of their own join the ranks this year. Spanish-American Chef, Jose Andres, was nominated this past fall for the prestigious award. The nomination is due to his humanitarian disaster relief efforts after the hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico & Texas and the crippling wildfires in California.
After the total devastation that destroyed Haiti in 2010, Chef Jose Andres founded his non-profit World Central Kitchen. He uses it to help aid those victimized by natural disasters through giving of food and resources to help get the communities back on their feet.
[World Central Kitchen] a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty.-From About Us page, WCK website
Today, World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to empower people to be part of the solution, with a focus on health, education, jobs, and social enterprise.
The World Central Kitchen (WCK) team hit the ground running in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and donated food and supplies. After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico a month later, Chef Andres and his team went down and served millions of hot meals to the residents.
Jose Andres didn’t stop there. He recruited 150 restaurants to donate their profits from a single day to help pay for relief efforts for the Puerto Rican people.
If that wasn’t enough, Chef Jose Andres teamed up with other Celebrity Chefs Guy Fieri and Tyler Florence on Thanksgiving and served over 15,000 meals to victims, fire fighters, and first responders.
The craziest thing about this? Jose Andres does this as much as he can, but he actually has a day job being one of the most successful restaurateurs in the world. He’s won Michelin Stars, James Beard awards, and Bib Gourmands. (learn more about the awards here.)
Jose Andres has been named in the top 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine twice in the past 6 years and received the Humanitarian of the Year award by the James Beard Foundation.
What’s even more amazing is that, to date, no other chef has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. If Jose Andres were to win, he would be the first chef or culinary professional to win the award.
What do you think about Jose Andres’ nomination? Super Cool? Or Not?