Jose Andres, also known as José Ramón Andrés Puerta, was born on July 13, 1969 in Mieres, Asturias, Spain. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, Jose Andres is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and owner of ThinkFoodGroup with interesting biography. It was he who brought the small plates dining concept to America.

Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). In select bars in the USA, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Upmarket tapas restaurants and tapas bars are common in many cities of the United States. As with any cuisine exported from its original country, there can often be significant differences between the original Spanish dishes and the dishes as they are served abroad.

Early in his career, he trained under Ferran Adrià at the restaurant El Bulli. Beginning in the fall of 2010, Andrés taught a culinary physics course at Harvard University with Ferran Adrià. In May 2012, Andrés was named dean of Spanish Studies at The International Culinary Center, where he and Colman Andrews developed a curriculum in traditional and modern Spanish cuisine, which debuted in February 2013. On 29 October 2012, he announced he was heading back to the classroom, and would teach his first course on how food shapes civilization at George Washington University next year, which awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in public service on 18 May 2014, when he served as university's commencement speaker at the National Mall.

Andres is an owner of several restaurants. His signature ones are Minibar by José Andrés in Washington, DC where several chefs serve a prix fixe menu of about 25 small courses to six diners at a time, and é by José Andrés in Las Vegas, NV, it is a West Coast sister restaurant to minibar. Minibar by José Andrés received Two Stars from the DC edition of the Michelin Guide in 2016. Jose Andres says that he plans to open a new restaurant in NYC in the nearest future.

Andrés is chair of the advisory board for LA Kitchen, a social enterprise in Los Angeles, California that works to reduce food waste, provide job training, and increase access to nutritious food. In September 2016 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. Jose Andres is an author of three books about cooking: Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America,Vamos A Cocinar: Las Mejores Recetas del Programa de Tve, and Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen.

Jose Andres married Patricia Andres Fernandez. The couple has three beautiful daughters. His wife gave birth to Carlota, Ines, and Lucia. The family lives in Bethesda, a census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just northwest of the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. Andres’ net worth is about $5 million and keeps growing because of his significant success.

Last Modified: Aug 10, 2021

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