Food Chain Global Champion 2018: José Andrés
Chef and humanitarian José Andrés has been chosen as the BBC World Service’s second Global Food Champion. He was not able to collect the award in person as he was in Guatemala with his charity ‘Central World Kitchen’, providing free meals to survivors of the volcanic eruption there. It’s indicative of the kind of person José is. As well as being a critically acclaimed chef, with two Michelin stars and a portfolio of 30 restaurants, he is also a visionary humanitarian who uses his skills and knowledge as a chef to help and inspire those in need. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017, he went there straight away to see how he could help. In his words he ‘just started cooking’, but the outcome was a staggering 3.4 million meals provided to every municipality on the island, far surpassing the reach of the authorities.
I take it on behalf of the men and women that have been committed to making sure that everyone in the USA and the world gets a plate of foodJosé Andrés
José Andrés is a passionate advocate of poverty and hunger issues around the world, in particular replacing cooking with charcoal for clean cook stoves . He cut his culinary teeth with the renowned chef Ferran Adrià in his native Spain, and has since become an unofficial ambassador for Spanish ingredients and eating culture in the USA as well as an icon of modernist cooking. On winning the award, he said “I am very humbled, but I don’t take this for myself, I take it on behalf of the amazing men and women that - especially this year - have been committed to making sure that everyone in the USA and around the world gets a plate of food”.
The judges were looking for someone who:
- Changed the way we deal with our food, from its production to its presentation and consumption.
- Challenged established methods or practices
- Inspired others to continue with their work
- Whose ideas have had a lasting effect on our relationship with food
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Judges for 2018
- Joan Roca
- Karen Brooks
- Anthony Fletcher
- Monica Galetti
- Marcus Samuellson