Just four days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Chef José Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico to volunteer in the Hurricane Relief efforts. He volunteered by cooking meals for the survivors. What began as a small project developed into a 12 kitchen network where Chef Andrés fed 150,000 people a day for a total of 4 million meals.
I had the privilege of attending the book discussion and book signing for Chef Andrés’ book, We Fed an Island. The event was held at Busboys and Poets 450 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. It was wonderful. I sat on the front row in what I believe is the best seat in the house. Check out my pictures of Chef Andrés book discussion with led by Busboys and Poets owner, Andy Shallal.
Despite being a world renowned Chef who owns multiple restaurants, Chef Andrés had the time, desire, and heart to be of service to the community.
Chef Andrés is very humble. When asked how he sees himself, he simply said, “I’m a cook.” While in Puerto Rico, there was little to no access to resources, yet, Chef Andrés made it happen. He said that a cook does not need a lot of resources. The Earth itself is a resource for a cook.
Also during the discussion, Chef Andrés told stories of his childhood and his first experiences in the kitchen. He discussed family life, and the life of a restauranteur. He is heavily aware of current events and utilizes his skills as a chef to make a difference wherever he can.
The book signing was included with a ticket for the event. Busboys and Poets was a wonderful location. The restaurant was very organized. Buy the book, be inspired. Find an island to feed. Just be great.
Recently, for his humanitarian efforts, Chef José Andrés was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Well deserved.
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