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José Andrés Puerta

José Andrés Puerta

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1969-07-13

2 Movies · 2 TV Series

Biography

José Ramón Andrés Puerta (born 13 July 1969) is a Spanish-American chef, restaurateur, and founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. He is often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to America. He owns restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Florida, Orlando, New York City, and Frisco, Texas. He was awarded a 2015 National Humanities Medal at a 2016 White House ceremony for his work with World Central Kitchen.

Personal Life

Andrés is married to Patricia "Tichi" Fernández de la Cruz and has three daughters; they live in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. He met his wife while they were both living in Washington DC; she is originally from Cadiz in the southwest of Spain.He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in December 2013.

Early Life

José Ramón Andrés Puerta was born in Mieres, Principality of Asturias, Spain.Andrés enrolled in culinary school in Barcelona at the age of 15, and when he needed to complete his Spanish military service at age 18, he was assigned to cook for an admiral. He met Ferran Adrià in Barcelona, and he worked three years at El Bulli, from 1988 to 1990. In December 1990, he was fired by Adrià and decided to move to the United States.

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