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The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts has announced that Chef, restaurateur and humanitarian Jose Andrés will receive the Julia Child Award 2019.
Now in its fifth year, the award is given to an individual (or team) who has made a "profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks" and honours a member of the culinary world who embodies "Child's legacy as a teacher, mentor and communicator."
Speaking of Child's legacy, the Spanish born chef said: "For me to win this award, it is such an honor. Her influence is everywhere,” “I still think about her show, the one with the chicken. She took her cooking seriously but at the same time knew how to have fun with the food. This is what cooking is all about.”
A $50,000 grant from the Foundation is also given with the award, which Andrés will use to further his humanitarian efforts with his World Central Kitchen.
Andrés will receive the Award at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. during the Museum’s gala on November 7, 2019 where he will also set to work with his team to create the menu for the night.
Previous Julia Child Award winners include Rick Bayless, Danny Meyer, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.
Watch archive footage of Andres, as he reminisces on when he first came across Julia Child on TV: