The jury has recognized his humanitarian work at the head of the NGO World Central Kitchen and his commitment during the coronavirus pandemic
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The Asturian chef Jos Andrs (Mieres, 1969) has been awarded the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord for his work at the head of the NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization that he founded in 2010 with his wife with the aim of “using food to empower communities and strengthen economies” and that during the coronavirus pandemic distributed more than three million meals in Spain and more than 30 million in the United States.
According to the jury’s ruling, Jos Andrs and the WCK workers “turn their experience in the gastronomic sphere to develop exemplary forms of humanitarian assistance, attentive to help the most disadvantaged in the most extreme situations, and serve as catalysts for the collaboration of agents from different fields in pursuit of a more just and sustainable society “.
Trained in the kitchens of The Bulli from Ferran Adri, Jos Andrs, 51, moved with just 20 to the United States. He worked at the Paradis Barcelona restaurant in New York, also at El Dorado Petit or El Cid. And he moved to Washington, where he opened the Jaleo, the first restaurant to introduce tapas cuisine in the US.
It was in Haiti, in the 2010 earthquake, where Jos Andrs He received his baptism of fire as a solidarity cook. The expedition was called Solar for Hope and brought 14 solar cookers to the country devastated by natural disasters.
That trip was the creative spark of World Central Kitchen. “That trip marked my life and Haiti has remained in my heart ever since. I went there to begin a journey that has taken me to unimaginable places,” he said in a recent interview with El Mundo.
As in Haiti, where he created a school with the cole des Chefs or with the clean kitchens project in schools (later extended to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras), Jos Andrs was involved in helping immigrants on the border with The United States, faced Donald Trump, who even sued the cook, and ended up taking his action to Spain during the coronavirus pandemic. Madrid became something of the World Central Kitchen shuttle to Europe, with a community kitchen in the Santa Eugenia Market, an idea accelerator, a future network of food producers and a Chef Relief Training (CRT) program open to all professionals on the continent.
In 2020 he received the Basque Culinary World Prize, for the social involvement of his NGO during the pandemic, coordinating and mobilizing hundreds of cooks and volunteers from around the world to serve around 25 million meals.
He has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize For his commitment to those affected by natural disasters, former President Barack Obama named him an Outstanding American in 2014 and the magazine Time included him among the 100 most influential people in the world, for being “a culinary icon, known for his innovative and refined work.”
“I became a leader without wanting to,” said Jos Andrs in a 2019 interview. “When I do something, I do it because I believe it is the right thing to do, not to have an impact. I try to say things that make people reflect and, yes They agree, join the action. Nothing more. “
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