As if José Andrés needed anything more added to his résumé. One of the country’s most recognizable chefs, he’s the brains behind one of its most successful restaurant groups, the dean of Spanish studies at the International Culinary Center, teaches at Harvard and George Washington University, and has been honored with a National Humanities Medal. (He also won the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” award back in 2011.) And on March 5, the International Association of Culinary Professionals will honor Andrés with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
There’s something to be said for the timing, as he’s still embroiled in a legal battle with President Donald Trump. The chef, who is often credited with making Spanish food big in America, joins a impressive list of past honorees that includes influential figures like Edna Lewis, Paul Prudhomme, and Julia Child.
While the honor is great, Andrés appears to have other things on his mind today.