James Beard Foundation Announces Humanitarian Honoree


James Beard Award–winning chef José Andrés named Humanitarian of the Year

2018 Awards theme is “RISE”


The James Beard Foundation announced today that José Andrés, multiple James Beard Award–winning chef, owner of ThinkFoodGroup, humanitarian and founder of World Central Kitchen, has been named the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Award.

Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Together with World Central Kitchen and #ChefsforPuertoRico, Andrés served over 3.3 million meals in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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