José Andrés – “Outstanding Chef” – James Beard

November 17, 2011

Andrés accepted the 2011 Outstanding Chef honors from the James Beard Foundation, saying, “as an immigrant, America received me with open arms.” In little more than two decades, he has become a zealous advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, and television personality.

Making time for cooking at home with friends and family is a priority. “Eating has to be fun. It has to be a social event, but where you have fun.” Andrés is inspired by a trio of muses, his daughters, and his wife, who ground him. The girls also act as assistants during his frequent television appearances and as a source of whimsical ideas. If a toy cotton candy machine enchants them, he spins sweet magic around foie gras. “The heart of my home is the kitchen.”