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Nobel Peace Prize nominee chef José Andrés doesn’t mind if you think he’s crazy or pretentious. He just wants to be part of the solution to world hunger.
Speaking at the TIME 100 summit Andres said it’s time to “Stop planning and start cooking”.
Having fed millions in with his non-profit World Kitchen in disaster zones like Puerto Rico, Haiti, after wildfires in California, flooding in Nebraska and the recent cyclone in Mozambique, he has become a powerful voice for the hungry.
Andrés is part of a global movement of chefs who use their knowledge of food and their status as celebrities to highlight the plight of those in need around the world and to plot a path to a future where no one goes hungry and food security is assured.
While two chefs appeared on the TIME 100 most influential people list this year, Andrés made way for Massimo Bottura and Samin Nosrat. Here Andrés says “everything starts with clean cooking”. He laments that 3 billion people around the world cook daily on stoves and fires that burn fossil fuels. It has a negative effect on women’s health and on the local and global environment.
Despite being a successful entrepreneur, his Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards is serving up Rioja and Paella for New Yorkers and Minibar continues to wow critics and customers alike, Andrés has his eye on the grander prize of actually making a difference and leaving a lasting legacy.