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prizes the speed with which WCK's global teams can mobilize and make a major difference.
It's key to note, though, that the urgency of the situation doesn't blind him to the importance
of fulfilling needs more central to diners' emotional sustenance than just putting food on the
table. He'll make sure WCK personnel and local partners prepare cooked food if at all
possible. "In a relief situation [after a natural disaster] a hot meal symbolizes dignity and
hope," he says.
That's typical Andrés: blunt (you'd expect that, given his outspoken Twitter presence),
optimistic but realistic and always, despite his much-publicized feud with President Trump,
looking for ways to help people understand, through the basic tenet that we all have to eat,
what unites humans across political, geographic and demographic divides. "One of the most
amazing stories of political bipartisanship I saw recently was when WCK was serving federal
workers in D.C., during the government shutdown with #ChefsForFeds. In one day we had
both Joe Kennedy (D) from Massachusetts and Will Hurd (R) from Texas working together,
serving meals side by side." His recent Hudson Yards project, Mercado Little Spain (covered
in the April 2019 issue of Boutique Design), is a more poetic version of the same sentiment. He
calls it a "love letter from my native country to my adopted one [he's a naturalized U.S.
citizen]." In all his restaurants, the design's crucial role is to help tell the story of the food, yes,
including enough of the unexpected to mirror the cuisine.
What's ahead for the chef who's already redefined the power of food? Actually, even he's
not sure. Here is his teaser for the next five years. "But looking ahead with TFG, we will
continue to expand where it makes sense, to further our mission and keep building our team,
and to tell new stories in as many delicious ways as we can," he says. "With WCK, we are
working to build resiliency and preparedness in the areas we have been active, such as Haiti
and Puerto Rico, in order to reduce the impact of future disasters. We are also continuing our
work with cleaner cookstove technology, moving people away from cooking over dangerous
charcoal and wood and encouraging the use of better technologies like liquified petroleum
gas (LPG). There is much to be done!" Don't worry about burnout; he will continue to occasionally put the brakes on and enjoy family time with his wife and three children or go scuba
diving, a favorite recharge activity.

RE Y LOPEZ

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Boutique Design - June 2019
Contents
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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