Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen obtained Princess of Asturias Awards for assist efforts to advertise wholesome meals

As a recipient of many honors, Andrés was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2015.

Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen were awarded a prestigious Spanish prize on Wednesday for their international aid work to promote healthy food.

The jury that determines the Princess of Asturias Awards awarded the 51-year-old Andrés and the non-profit group he founded the Concord Award for “extremely quick and efficient on-site response to social and nutritional emergencies”.

Born in Northern Spain in 1969, Andrés moved to the United States in 1991 and was later naturalized as an American citizen. He helped to make Spanish cuisine, especially the tapa, known in the USA before becoming heavily involved in humanitarian work.

Andrés founded World Central Kitchen in 2010 after a trip to Haiti to do relief work. Since then, it has been actively using field kitchens to respond to food crises both in the United States and abroad. After Hurricane Maria in 2017, the organization served over 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico. Last year Andrés dedicated some of his own restaurants in the US to serving people in need during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

As a recipient of many honors, Andrés was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2015.

The Princess of Asturias Award of Concord, endowed with 50,000 euros (56,700 USD), is one of eight prizes awarded annually by a foundation named after the Spanish Crown Princess Leonor, including for art, social sciences and sports.

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