How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need

On the podcast: José Andrés on food insecurity, Puerto Rico, and battling hunger.

By , the executive editor for news and podcasts at Foreign Policy.
The chef José Andrés stirs paella in a giant pan during the #ChefsForPuertoRico relief operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2017.
The chef José Andrés stirs paella in a giant pan during the #ChefsForPuertoRico relief operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2017.
The chef José Andrés stirs paella in a giant pan during the #ChefsForPuertoRico relief operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2017. World Central Kitchen

The Spanish American chef José Andrés is mostly known for his high-end restaurants, including one in Washington, D.C., that serves just 12 diners at a time and his newest venture, Mercado Little Spain, in Manhattan.

But Andrés is also the founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that distributes food to the needy around the world. While the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency was bungling the recovery effort in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017, Andrés’s team of chefs and locals served millions of meals. He later got into a Twitter spat with U.S. President Donald Trump over the casualty toll in Puerto Rico.

Andrés joined us on First Person back in January. Since then, World Central Kitchen has popped up in Tijuana to feed refugees, as well as on the Venezuelan border, in Mozambique, and in Los Angeles after the earthquakes. 

The Spanish American chef José Andrés is mostly known for his high-end restaurants, including one in Washington, D.C., that serves just 12 diners at a time and his newest venture, Mercado Little Spain, in Manhattan.

But Andrés is also the founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that distributes food to the needy around the world. While the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency was bungling the recovery effort in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017, Andrés’s team of chefs and locals served millions of meals. He later got into a Twitter spat with U.S. President Donald Trump over the casualty toll in Puerto Rico.

Andrés joined us on First Person back in January. Since then, World Central Kitchen has popped up in Tijuana to feed refugees, as well as on the Venezuelan border, in Mozambique, and in Los Angeles after the earthquakes. 

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