The humanitarian chef
A Spanish chef, José Ramón Andrés, is the founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a nonprofit organisation that prepares healthy meals for victims of natural disasters.
Andrés started WCK in 2010, after the earthquake in Haiti. Since then, WCK has provided aid and meals in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda and in Cambodia. It has also provided aid and meals in the United States and Puerto Rico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
José Ramón Andrés was born in Asturias, Spain. When he was 16 years old, he started studying in a culinary school in Barcelona. There he met the successful Catalan chef, Ferran Adrià, and he worked in Adrià’s restaurant, El Bulli, until 1990.
Andrés then moved to the United States. He was 21 years old and had only $50. He started working at a popular Spanish restaurant in Manhattan.
Andrés’s dishes became very popular, and he opened restaurants in different cities in the United States. He is now one of the most famous chefs there, and helped to introduce the concept of small plates, or tapas, to the U. S.
Because of his humanitarian work, Andrés has been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.