One of our own has made Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world. José Andrés, who has China Poblano and Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, was named not for his culinary dexterity, but his philanthropic endeavors behind the scenes. Friend Anthony Bourdain writes the piece that notes he once heard Andrés’ familiar laugh while in a nearly empty Haiti hotel post earthquake.
Suddenly I heard a familiar laugh, headed down to the bar and found José Andrés holding court with journalists on behalf of a solar-powered cookstove that cheaply boils water for people with little or no access to fuel. Encountering José in a crumbling hotel in Haiti was entirely to be expected.
As Bourdain says, “That this gift of Spain to the U.S. is best known as a great chef with a portfolio of extraordinary restaurants in Washington, Los Angeles and Las Vegas is almost beside the point. He's bigger and more important than that.”
· José Andrés, Rene Redzepi Included in the Time 100 [~EN~]
· The 100 Most Influential People in the World: José Andrés [Time]
· All Coverage of José Andrés [~ELV~]
José Andrés [Photo: Peter Hapak/Time]