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José Andrés

Culinary Innovator, Television Personality and Owner, ThinkFoodGroup

One of TIME magazine’s most influential people in the world, José Andrés has captured the zeitgeist of a nation: not only as one of the most popular chefs in America, but with his dynamic personality and diverse projects aimed at making the world a better place.

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Lessons from the Kitchen to Success: Leadership and Building Something Amazing

A creative visionary whose passion fueled the growth behind some of the most successful and trendsetting restaurants in America, José Andrés' unique combination of innovation and the pure joy for what he is doing has captured the attention and praise of a global marketplace. In his candid presentations, Andrés shares with audiences his remarkable stories of what it takes to attain your vision and build something truly amazing that will inspire your organization to foster a culture of creativity and innovation in the name of success.

Changing the World Through the Power of Food: From Spanish Tapas to Key Lime Pie!

José Andrés came to the world with $50 and a set of cooking knives. Having built some of the most iconic restaurants in America through pure grit, passion and fun, Andrés knows better than most how food can change the world one tapa at a time. He is the owner of ThinkFoodGroup, the innovative company behind his restaurants, hotels, food products, media, educational initiatives and philanthropy. Together with his partner Rob Wilder, Andrés is on a mission to change the world through the power of food. As few in the developed world have access to such food luxuries, ThinkFoodGroup is committed to finding innovative ways to feed many, while fostering future generations of innovators and activists—and educating the world in the process. With a passion for storytelling, Andrés will thrill and delight your audience as he brings the history of a culture to life with his vivid accounts of rich culinary legacy, history and culture of food—from Spanish tapas to key lime pie. He will leave you motivated and empowered to make a difference—and perhaps, with a healthier appetite as well—in this commanding presentation.

Creativity and Innovation for a Better Tomorrow

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a force of nature, the Energizer Bunny, the Tasmanian devil, and Luke Skywalker,” José Andrés is not your typical “chef” by any stretch of the imagination. As a man with 13 restaurants; numerous prestigious accolades, including the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in America, the highest honor in the U.S. restaurant industry; owner of ThinkFoodGroup, a company with 800 employees and an annual revenue of $75 million; a sought-after TV icon; a political activist; and a professor at Harvard, Andrés’s secret to success is evident in his being so passionate about creativity and innovation that he has no problem rolling up his sleeves and doing the heavy lifting himself. In a presentation chock-full of edge-of-your-seat anecdotes, Andrés proves that a culture of innovation and creativity not only leads to personal success, but also a better tomorrow for all.

Meet José Andrés

One of TIME magazine’s most influential people in the world, José Andrés has captured the zeitgeist of a nation: not only as one of the most popular chefs in America, but with his dynamic personality and diverse projects aimed at making the world a better place.

An internationally recognized culinary innovator, who has received the industry’s highest honors, José Andrés is a creative visionary who has infused his pure energy, brilliance and fun into not only many of the most trendsetting restaurants but also as a tireless advocate for food and hunger issues, author, television personality, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. Drawing from the praise of the public, the press and his peers for his vision, imagination and award-winning restaurant concepts, Andrés has unleashed world-renowned dining concepts in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico with revolutionary—and award-winning—restaurants such as Zaytinya, Oyamel, Jaleo, China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. Named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation (JBF), Andrés has also been named a “Chef of the Year” and his restaurants Zaytinya and The Bazaar were both nominated for JBF’s Best New Restaurant. A champion for the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy, Andrés is called on regularly to speak on a variety of issues revolving around hunger, food security, nutrition education and childhood obesity. In 2015, Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup received the special honor as “Master Entrepreneur” by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Washington awards program. In 2014, he was awarded Refugees International’s McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for his work in combating hunger worldwide. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, The Atlantic, The Economist and the Clinton Global Initiative. He was bestowed the Honorary Doctorate of Public Service at George Washington University, where he also delivered the 2014 commencement address. President Obama awarded Andrés a National Humanities Medal for 2015 for bringing innovative techniques to the nation, "his work on clean cooking technology and access to education", and the inspiration he provides to new Americans. Andrés is one of only 175 Americans to have won this award since its inception in 1996. Profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Andrés regularly appears on NBC’s TODAY, ABC’s Nightline, NPR’s The Splendid Table and All Things Considered, Food Network’s Iron Chef, and Bravo’s Top Chef. Andrés also teaches “Science and Cooking” at Harvard University as well as “The World on a Plate: How Food Shapes Civilization” at George Washington University, and writes regularly for National Geographic’s food blog, The Plate, on issues surrounding food policy.

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