Chef José Andrés Rises As the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Honoree

Chef José Andrés Rises As the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Honoree

James Beard Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, and Philanthropist José Andrés has been named the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Award.

You may remember hearing about Andrés recently when the celebrity chef turned activist opted to Tweet a selfie expressing he was allegedly not allowed to enter an event in Washington D.C., at the restaurant owner’s and Ivanka Trump’s request. When the first daughter personally replied back to Andrés clarifying that she had nothing to do with the misunderstanding, the chef took the opportunity to bring up a political issue close to him—immigration.

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Chef José Andrés' Relief Operation In Puerto Rico Shuts Down

Chef José Andrés' Relief Operation In Puerto Rico Shuts Down

After a long month of hard work, Chef José Andrés is finally winding down his Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Today, the cooking operation working out of San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico— organized by the Spanish-American chef’s nonprofit, World Central Kitchens— is shutting down, as reported by the “New York Times.”

A team of almost 500 volunteers would prepare as much as 30,000 ham and cheese sandwiches per day in makeshift kitchens at the island’s largest stadium, which served as the latest headquarters of the relief efforts.

Volunteers would also cook on giant paella pans every morning to serve hungry Puerto Ricans full plates of rice and sausage. The team effort included local pastors, cooking students, food-truck drivers, and some of Chef Andrés’ own chef staff that was flown down to help with the cooking operations.

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Restaurants Support Florida Communities Post-Irma

Restaurants Support Florida Communities Post-Irma

With more than 100,000 Floridians still without power, the state is working feverishly to return to normalcy. All the while, the Category 5 Hurricane Maria looms nearby. Though Maria is not expected to hit Florida, residents are still cautious and have not fully recovered from Irma’s destruction yet.

But restaurants in Florida have stepped up in the wake of Hurricane Irma, offering discounts, ice, and even power to those without. Though many restaurants are recovering themselves, they have come out in droves to support their communities.

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