Who is chef José Andrés and what restaurants does he own?

BEFORE winning a huge cash prize from Jeff Bezos, chef José Andrés was credited for bringing Spanish influence to the American food scene.

Andrés has many titles before cash prize winner: chef, restaurateur, and non-profit founder.

Who is José Andrés?

Andrés, 52, grew up in Spain and enrolled in culinary school in Barcelona at just 15-years-old.

When completing military service at 18, he was assigned as a cook for an admiral.

After working at a restaurant in Spanish for three years, he was fired and moved to the United States.

In the US, Andrés worked at many restaraunts in New York City and Washington DC.

He started his own cooking show in 2006 entitled Vamos a Cocinar and published his first book in the same year.

Andrés has taught college courses in cooking and Spanish culture at Harvard University, George Washington University, and the International Culinary Center.

As a response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Andrés founded World Central Kitchen, which provides food to those touched by disasters.

He is historically credited for introducing the small dish style of cuisine to America.

What restaurants does José Andrés own?

Andrés owns a total of 18 restaurants across American with one in the Bahamas.

  • minibar by José Andrés – Washington, DC
  • é by José Andrés – Las Vegas
  • Somni – Los Angeles
  • America Eats Tavern – Washington, DC
  • The Bazaar – Los Angeles and Miami Beach
  • Beefsteak – Washington, DC, Bethesda, Maryland, and in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio
  • China Chilcano – Washington, DC
  • China Poblano – Las Vegas
  • Fish – Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • Jaleo – Washington, DC, Bethesda, Maryland, Arlington, Virginia, Orlando, Las Vegas
  • Mercado Little Spain – New York City 
  • Ovations by America Eats – Vienna, Virginia 
  • Oyamel – Washington, DC
  • Pepe – Washington, DC, and Orlando
  • Tres by José Andrés – Los Angeles
  • Zaytinya – Washington, DC

Did Jeff Bezos give José Andrés $100million?

On January 20, 2021, just days before his space launch with Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos awarded Andrés $100million.

Also awarded to CNN commentator Van Jones, Bezos labeled the money the "courage and civility award."

The two winners will be able to give the cash prize to a charity of their choice.

"It's easy to be courageous, but also mean. Try being courageous and civil. Try being courageous and a unifier. That's harder and way better [and] it makes the world better," Bezos said at the press conference.

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