José Andrés Stares Down Michelin Recognition

Spanish food is the latest trend in American dining and the United States is lucky to have a Spaniard of its very own, Chef José Andrés. He might be familiar to you if you’ve eaten in one of his many restaurants across the country or if you’re a television fan—he’s appeared on many different programs, and most notably is a recurring guest on Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows. He’s unmissable: effusive, passionate, creative, knowledgeable and fun, José Andrés enthusiasm is impossible to not get on board with—so much so he was once named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” along with “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation. In fact, that Spanish tapas craze we mentioned? It can largely be attributed to him, as he’s credited with being one of the first Spanish cooks to bring quality Iberian food to the American public. JustLuxe was lucky to sit down with the Washington D.C.-based chef to find out what makes him tick.

José Ramón Andrés Puerta was born in the Asturias region of Spain in 1969. After culinary school, a stint as a chef in the Spanish Navy and an apprenticeship at world-renowned elBulli he landed in New York in 1991, where he worked at a restaurant called El Dorado Petit. At just 23 years old, José Andrés joined a new restaurant venture in Washington D.C. called Jaleo, which was the first critically and commercially successful tapas restaurant in the United States. He continued to open other Jaleo locations as well as several other restaurants, and was awarded his first James Beard award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2003. During this time, he also penned his first of many cookbooks, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America, and began his television career with a Spanish cooking show. José Andrés formed his current restaurant and culinary group, ThinkFoodGroup, in 2006 and began to open restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, collecting accolades, praise, and American citizenship along the way.

Jackie Bryant Jackie is the Lifestyle Editor at Her freelance work has appeared at, Harper's Bazaar, The Infatuation, and Locale Magazine. Her favorite vices are peaty alcohol, rich textiles, far-flung hotels, and all food from any part of the world that can be found in a dumpling-like format. She can usually be found hanging out in her current homes of San ...(Read More)

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