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11 July 2012

José Andrés Puerta

José Ramón Andrés Puerta (born July 14, 1969), known as José Andrés, is a Spanish chef often credited for bringing the small plates dining concept to America. His flagship restaurants, minibar (located in Washington D.C.) and "é" (located in Las Vegas) focus specifically on a tasting menu of molecular gastronomy.

Life

José Andrés was born in Mieres, Asturias, Spain. He is married and has three daughters.

Career

Early in his career, Andrés trained under Ferran Adria at the restaurant El Bulli.
Andrés owns several concept restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area:
Andrés also operates The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California and China Poblano by José Andrés in Las Vegas.
Andrés is also a resident culinary expert for MSN Lifestyle.[1]
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Andrés teaches a culinary physics course at Harvard University with Ferran Adrià.[2]
On April 1st 2012, Andrés tweeted that he would be serving as Lady Gaga's chef on her upcoming Born This Way Ball Tour.

TV

From 2005 to 2007, Andrés produced and hosted Vamos a cocinar, a popular food program on Televisión Española (TVE) Spanish national television.
In 2006, Andrés appeared on Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie. This show is broadcast on PBS and is affiliated with Gourmet Magazine. Andrés was featured in the second episode of the first season and the episode title is Anatomy of a Meal with José Andrés.
In April 2007, he competed against chef Bobby Flay on Food Network's program Iron Chef America defeating Flay.
In 2008, Andrés launched his first TV program in the United States, Made in Spain,[3] a 26-part series for public television. It was produced by Full Plate Media and sponsored by KQED, a San Francisco public television station.
In 2008, Andrés and minibar were featured on the Washington, D.C. episode of the Travel Channel show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.[4]
Andrés was featured in a segment (first broadcast 2 May 2010) with Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes.
In May 2010, Andrés demonstrated molecular gastronomy techniques on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, creating gazpacho sorbet and liquid olives.
In August 2010, Andrés guest starred as a judge on the hit television show "Top Chef".
In August 2011, Andrés made another guest appearance on a Spain-themed episode of the Travel Channel show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations where he accompanied Anthony Bourdain to El Bulli.

Books

Andrés released his first cookbook on tapas and Spanish cuisine in 2005. It was first published in English as Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America and shortly after in Spanish as Los fogones de José Andrés.
A second book based on his popular Spanish cooking show Vamos a cocinar was published in Spain in May 2007.
A companion book to Andrés' public television series, Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen, was published in November 2008.

Awards

In 2003, Andrés won the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Bon Appetit magazine named Andrés its Chef of the Year in 2004 and Food & Wine magazine included Andrés in their "35 Under 35" Tastemakers list for 2004. Saveur magazine included Andrés on their 2004 Saveur Top 100 list, stating that he "represents the broad spectrum of Hispanic cooking from ancient traditions to the fantasies reminiscent of El Bulli, where he once worked, better than anyone else in America today."[citation needed]
In 2005, Food Arts magazine awarded him their prestigious Silver Spoon award, referring to him as "the irrepressibly energetic chef José Andrés, the best thing to happen to Spain in North America since 1492."[citation needed]
In 2006, Andrés was named Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.
In 2007, Andrés was inducted into the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America list.
In 2008, the Bravo Network awarded Andrés the prize for A-List Chef at the first Bravo A-List Awards. The James Beard Foundation nominated Andrés as Outstanding Chef for his work at minibar by josé andrés.
In 2010, his Beverly Hills restaurant, The Bazaar by José Andrés, at the SLS hotel was recognized as one of GAYOT.com's Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.
In 2010, the Cabinet of Spain voted to award Andrés the Order of Arts and Letters (Orden de las Artes y las Letras de España). [1]
In 2011, Andrés won the coveted James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award, the highest honor a chef in America can achieve.

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