Alliance Ambassadors

Chef José Andrés

Often referred to as Spain’s unofficial ambassador, Chef Andrés is host and executive producer of the PBS series Made in Spain, a culinary journey of his homeland. He has authored several cookbooks and is also a television star in Spain. In November of 2010, Spain’s Ministry of Culture recognized Chef Andrés with the prestigious Order of Arts and Letter medallion, honoring his efforts to promote Spanish culture abroad. He is the first chef to receive this award, presented by the Government of Spain.

Chef Andrés is also known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. After traveling to post-earthquake Haiti, he launched World Central Kitchen, which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world. He is Chairman Emeritus for DC Central Kitchen, an organization that combats hunger and creates opportunities with culinary training where he has been involved for the past 20 years.

In his role as a Culinary Ambassador for the Alliance, Chef Andrés is establishing the International Chef Corps, a global network of renowned chefs who are committed to the issue of scaling up clean cooking solutions in their native countries and raising awareness about the harmful environmental and health impacts of cooking on three-stone fires and traditional stoves.

Julia Roberts

On November 12, 2011, on the occasion of World Pneumonia Day, Roberts issued a statement to highlight one of the major causes of death among children under-five years of age. Children who consistently inhale harmful cookstove smoke are more likely to develop pneumonia, a killer condition in many developing countries.

Most recently, Roberts published an article in the British Guardian newspaper drawing attention to the plight of women who cook on open fires. As a mother, Roberts reflected on how mothers in many developing countries jeopardize their health every time they cook a meal for their families. Roberts is a relentless champion of this issue and will use any opportunity to draw attention to both the problem and the available solutions.

Rocky Dawuni

A native of Ghana, Rocky Dawuni has a vested interest in this issue. In Ghana, more than 87 percent of the population is impacted by household air pollution every day and widespread deforestation has occurred as a result of need for wood for cooking. In his role, Dawuni will help spread awareness about the dangers associated with preparing daily meals in the developing world.

Throughout his career, Dawuni has demonstrated his commitment to social justice and gender equality through his involvement with issues related to the health and economic advancement of women and children. By connecting with people through his words, Dawuni will help the Alliance reach its goal of 100 million households adopting clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020.