Celebrity Chef José Andrés is as passionate about food as he is about politics.
When he’s not opening a new hot spot restaurant, taping an episode of Made in Spain on PBS, guest-starring with his culinary partner-in-crime Tony Bourdain on the Travel Channel’s No Reservations, racking up awards such as the 2011 James Beard Foundation Chef of the Year, he is volunteering with DC Central Kitchen and World Central Kitchen, organizations working to feed the vulnerable and combat hunger through innovative cooking and agricultural techniques and skills training.
¡Mea Culpa Alert! Every time I see José Andrés, my heart flutters.
My body temperatures rises.
Maybe it’s his crystal clear blue eyes…(Click here to read more on how my knees start-a-knockin’ when in the presence of an Ol’ Blue Eyes)…
…or how without fail, he bellows, ¡Hola, Guapa!, with a broad, warm smile every time he says hello…
…or that he claps after making a point…
…or the fact that since he arrived nearly 20 years ago to America, he’s been visiting the National Archives because he’s a huge history aficcionado.
THAT’S it! (history nerds of the world, UNITE!).
When he found out about the exhibit What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? which traces the government’s role in our food policy throughout history, he called and asked to be involved. Next thing you know, he’s named chief culinary advisor and turns his DC staple Café Atlántico into the exhibit’s accompanying pop-up restaurant America Eats Tavern where every dish and drink on the menu comes with its significance to American cuisine explained with historical precision.
Click below to watch this interview where José Andrés dishes with me as much about the exhibit, as his política of food–how immigration has changed our national palate, agro-biz v. locavores, and what knowledge chefs could share with politicos to end hunger here and throughout the world. ¡Clap!What’s your política of food?