Not short on accolades lately, José Andrés today was named Tufts University’s 2018 commencement speaker for the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Giving a commencement address is an honor he’s received before, but the honorary doctorate he’ll get for public service this time celebrates a dozen or so months that are, of course, as deserving as it gets: Besides giving Puerto Rico’s hungry hurricane victims more warm meals than the U.S. government did, he also cooked for Houstonians after their city flooded, distributed food to California wildfire victims, and because he can’t quit, even spent this past Saturday feeding March for Our Lives participants. Along the way, he fought FEMA and the sitting U.S. president, and apparently kept running his 28 restaurants well enough to be James Beard’s 2018 Humanitarian of the Year and get the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He’s also writing a memoir about feeding Puerto Rico, called We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, that’s due out in September.
At least one of Andrés’s culinary-world pals was quick to give him kudos:
That’s Dr. Chef now …