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GOOD DO-ER

JOSÉ ANDRÉS | FOUNDER, THINKFOODGROUP | CHAIRMAN, WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN
IT'S ALL ON JOSÉ ANDRÉS' TABLE, from a quick check-in on the design of a

new restaurant (nothing too formal or stuffy, please) to bringing food (as in
millions of meals) to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, then, based on
what he learned from that experience, to the founding of World Central Kitchen
(WCK), a nonprofit NGO aimed at creating smart solutions to hunger and
poverty and feeding people worldwide. It's that kind of hands-on, jumping in
because there's work to be done mentality that got him started at the gamechanging but now closed restaurant elBulli in his native Spain. Then, it was on
to New York, first to work in a popular Spanish restaurant before being tapped
to open D.C.'s Jaleo, which helped popularize tapas in America. Eventually, he
headed to ThinkFoodGroup, his Washington, D.C.-based company with over 30
restaurants worldwide. This world-famous chef/restaurateur's humanitarianism
has evolved along parallel lines and at a similar scale. He started volunteering at
soup kitchens when he arrived in the U.S. at 21; nearly three decades later, WCK
has launched and maintains initiatives around the world. He's a world-class
innovator who's made avant-garde food something people can go into a restaurant and enjoy eating, not just dissecting its merits from the perspective of a
connoisseur. No surprise, then, that Andrés' trophy shelf is equally overloaded
with recognition for his cuisine and his philanthropy. The latter could be getting
a major new gong: Andrés is a nominee for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Despite the sheer scope of his work, Andrés puts spontaneity over bureaucracy. "I always try to find people who are smarter than me, who will bring new
ideas and new energy to the team. I am surrounded by brilliant chefs on my

MAR AT MERCADO LITTLE SPAIN WAS DESIGNED BY CAPELLA GARCIA
ARQUITECTURA, ALONG WITH THE SUPPORT OF NEW YORK-BASED DESIGN
AND INNOVATION STUDIO ICRAVE AND ANTHONY MRKIC ARCHITECT, INC.

R&D team, an experienced leadership team, great restaurant teams, including
line staff. They are some of the best in the industry, so I can trust and empower
them to make the right decisions. We are very nimble and there are few layers
of approvals so that the best ideas can be implemented quickly," he says.
When it comes to acting on the needs of human beings all over the planet,
he's down with no level of bureaucracy. Just grab the essentials, get on the
plane and start cooking/organizing volunteers/working with local partners. He
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From the Editor
The Buzz
Heroes And Mavericks: Fierce Friends
Fun Pass
Queens Of London
Go Small, Go Home
Products: Flooring
Products: Seating
Exit Interview
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