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.