Chef Jose Andres, who grew up in the Asturias area in northern Spain, immigrated to the United States in 1990. He brought with him some of his most creative Spanish dishes and greatly popularized the serving of tapas in America, which earned him the award for outstanding American chef.
After settling in America, Andres began his career as a cook training under Ferran Adria, a pioneer and master in molecular gastronomy. He went on celebrating a most delicious American dream by opening up numerous, highly acclaimed restaurants in Washington, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
The James Beard Foundation presented the top honor award on Monday to the 41-year-old chef. Other award categories included Eleven Madison Park in New York as the top restaurant of the year and Angela Pinkerton as outstanding American pastry chef. The best new restaurant award went to celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen in New York.
Andres takes the word creativity to new culinary highs as he transforms guacamole, tzatziki and other global dishes into innovative and unique culinary experiences. In Washington, six diners per seating enjoy the 30 to 35 small courses offered in his mini-bar.
The award and its Spanish recipient couldn’t be more American. Andres referred to himself as being an “immigrant celebrating the melting pot.” Americans come from everywhere and the beauty of any food rests with the loving hands of the people who create it and pass it down from generation to generation.
Congratulations, Jose Andres.