José Ramón Andrés Puerta is a Spanish-American chef, restaurateur, and creator of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit dedicated to providing meals in the aftermath of natural disasters.
He is widely recognized for popularizing the small plate dining idea in the United States.
Andres has restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Florida, Orlando, Chicago, and New York City, among other places.
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José Andrés Profile
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|Full name||José Ramón Andrés Puerta|
|Common name||José Puerta|
|Date of birth||13 July 1969|
|Place of birth||Mieres, Asturias, Spain|
|Age||52 years old|
|Nationality||Spanish American (since 2013)|
|Wife||Patricia Fernández de la Cruz|
|Net worth||5-10 million dollar|
José Andrés Age, Ethnicity, and Religion
José Ramón Andrés Puerta was born on 13 July 1969 in the Spanish town of Mieres, Asturias. Despite not growing up in a Jewish family, he noticed remnants of Jewish culture in Spanish dishes when he visited the United States.
His zodiac sign is Cancer according to his birth month and follows Christianity as a religion.
José Andrés Family
André’s family relocated to Catalonia when he was six years old. When he was 15, he enrolled in culinary school in Barcelona, and when he needed to fulfill his Spanish military service at the age of 18, he was assigned to cook for an admiral.
José Andrés’s Wife and children
Andrés is married to Patricia “Tichi” Fernández de la Cruz, and the couple has three daughters. Jose is a fortunate man who has discovered both his life partner and greatest friend in the form of his attractive wife, Patricia Andres. They tied the knot in 1995.
He met his wife in Washington DC while they were both living there; she is originally from Cadiz, Andalucia, in the southwest of Spain.
The couple married civilly first, followed by a genuine ceremony with friends in Spain. The chef and his wife, who have a real-life rom-com love story, have been married for almost two decades and are doing well. Patricia revealed that they initially met in a cafe called Atlantico in Washington, DC.
Patricia is intelligent, calm, and maternal, whereas Jose is impulsive, frantic, and philosophical.
His three daughters are named Carlota, Ines, and Lucia. Carlota, the eldest, graduated from Stone Ridge in 2017 and attended New York University.
Innes is two years younger than Carlota and attends Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, also in Bethesda, with the couple’s youngest adolescent daughter, Lucia.
Andres cherishes his time with his daughters.
In December 2013, he was naturalized as a US citizen.
José Andrés Height and Weight
Andres stands 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall. Other information about his weight and body dimension is still unavailable.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Body dimension||Not available|
|Eye color||Not available|
|Hair color||Not available|
José Andrés Education
Andrés gained practical experience while attending culinary school by working as an apprentice at the restaurant El Bulli under chef Ferran Adria.
José Andrés Career
Andrés arrived in New York City at the age of 21 with $50 (equal to $99 in 2020) to cook in midtown Manhattan at an outlet of a famed Spanish restaurant, Eldorado Petit. He also staged dishes at The Quilted Giraffe while in New York.
He met Ferran Adrià in Barcelona and worked at El Bulli for three years, from 1988 to 1990. Adrià sacked him in December 1990, and he opted to relocate to the United States.
He was appointed to run the kitchen at Jaleo, a new tapas restaurant in Washington, D.C., in 1993. In the years thereafter, he has assisted the owners of Jaleo in the opening of several restaurants, including Cafe Atlantico, Zaytinya, and Oyamel, as well as two more Jaleo outposts.
Andrés launched minibar, a restaurant space within a bigger restaurant, at a six-seat counter at Cafe Atlantico in 2003. The minibar is dedicated to offering the most inventive Andrés plates, and reservations are required a month in advance.
Andrés rose to prominence in his native Spain after the success of his restaurants in the United States, starring in his own cooking show, Vamos a Cocinar, which aired in 2005. In 2005, he also released his first book, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America.
In 2006, he formed ThinkFoodGroup with Robert Wilder, making Andrés a co-owner of his restaurants. They collaborated on the opening of additional restaurants in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Puerto Rico.
José Andrés World Central Kitchen
For his efforts with World Central Kitchen, he received a 2015 National Humanities Medal at a White House event in 2016.
Andrés founded World Central Kitchen in reaction to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which offers healthy cuisine to disaster-affected families and individuals.
Since its inception, the organization has conducted meals in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda, Cambodia, and Poland on the Ukrainian border. It has offered assistance and meals in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
During Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, José Andrés said that he will donate a portion of the $100 million granted to him by Jeff Bezos to alleviate the humanitarian issue in Ukraine.
Honors and awards
|Year||Prizes & Honors|
|2003||James Beard Foundation named him Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic Region|
|2010||Orden de las Artes y las Letras de Espaa – Cabinet of Spain Order of Arts and LettersVilcek Culinary Arts Prize|
|2011||Outstanding Chef, James Beard Foundation|
|2015||National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), United States government, National Humanities Medal|
|2017||International Association of Culinary Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award|
|2018||James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award|
|2019||Georgetown University bestowed an honorary degree on me|
|2021||Princess of Asturias Award in the category “Concord” Jeff Bezos bestows the second Courage and Civility Award on Andrés at a press conference following Blue Origin’s first human flight (the award includes $100 million to be distributed to non-profit organizations of Andrés’ choice).|
Awards in the media
|2004||Saveur 100 ListSaveur Chef of the Year; Bon Appetit|
|2009||GQ named him Chef of the Year|
|2012||Jose was named one of the world’s 100 most influential individuals|
|2016||Minibar in Washington, DC has two Michelin stars|
|2018||Time named him one of the world’s 100 most important people.|
|2014||Andrés was awarded an honorary doctorate in public service by George Washington University he spoke at the university’s commencement ceremony on the National Mall that same year|
|2018||Andrés got an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Tufts UniversityHe also spoke at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy’s graduating ceremony.|
|2015||President Barack Obama appointed Andrés as an ambassador for citizenship and naturalization|
|2018||Andrés was nominated as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his humanitarian work|
José Andrés’s Net Worth
José’s net worth ranges from 5 to 10 million dollars.
José Andrés Social media
We can find him on Instagram as @chefjoseandres, with 832K followers and 1286 posts. He follows 190 different people on Instagram. José’s Instagram account is verified with a blue tick mark.
We can find him on Twitter as @chefjoseandres, with 1.1m followers and 51.4k tweets. He joined Twitter in September 2009 and has followed 1418 different personalities since then. His Twitter account is also verified with a blue checkmark.
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Some facts about José Andrés
- Jose began his career as an apprentice to renowned chef Ferran Adrià at the elBulli restaurant in Catalonia, Spain.
- He was appointed director of Spanish studies at the International Culinary Center in 2012.
- Andres also taught at Harvard University and George Washington University.