José Andrés: Exploring Food in Japan

One of my favorite things about being a chef is discovering new and unique cuisines that come from different parts of our world.

Yes, I am from Spain and I love my country’s cooking, but I also love experiencing the foods of new places. No matter what part of the world I am in, there will always be something amazing for me to discover. (more…)

José Andrés Interviews Fellow Chef Michel Nischan

Throughout my life, I’ve been lucky to know and work with many amazing people. People who commit themselves to wanting to make change and making people’s lives better. They truly inspire me, and I only can hope that I inspire them, too.

My friend Michel Nischan is just one of those people. A chef, author, restaurateur and CEO, Michel has lead a life dedicated to others, and as a chef for more than 30 years, he has worked tirelessly to feed people healthy and wholesome meals. Growing up on a farm in Illinois, he has an astonishing appreciation for agriculture and for those who work the land. Michel’s connection ...

José Andrés: The Taste of Summer

One of the highlights of summer is when watermelons start to appear in my farmers markets.

With their bright colors and sweet and crunchy taste, they are a natural energizer and the perfect treat on hot and heavy days. Millionaire, Estrella, Crimson Sweet, Sugar Baby, Yellow Doll, Little Baby Flower, Farmer’s Wonderful, I can’t get enough of all the varieties. Red, yellow, even orange flesh and with seeds or without, watermelon is incredibly good for you, too. It not only quenches your thirst but gives you essential nutrients that your body needs, like vitamins A and C, potassium, and antioxidants.

What most people don’t realize about watermelon is how ...

José Andrés: What It Means to “Cook American” Food

I can’t decide which is my favorite American holiday.

As a chef, Thanksgiving usually wins because I get to spend a few days in my kitchen with my wife and daughters, cooking for friends both old and new.  But the Fourth of July comes pretty close. It’s the height of summer, the markets are overflowing with fruits and vegetables and I want to grill everything. And it doesn’t hurt that I live in Washington, DC, either. Come on people! Fireworks over the Washington monument. Reading aloud the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the National Archives. Astonishing!

And this year, it had a special meaning for me. It was ...

José Andrés: Man vs. Lionfish

Scuba diving has changed my life. There, I said it.

I always thought I was a man of the sea, having traveled the oceans with the Spanish Navy on the most beautiful tall ship in the world, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano.  But it wasn’t until I put on the mask, the tank, the flippers, and headed way down into the water, was I able to truly see a world I never knew existed. (more…)

José Andrés on Soccer, Food, and the World Cup

Anyone who knows me, knows that for the next four weeks, I’ve got one thing on my mind, futbol.

Okay, soccer as we call it here in America. The game of the people. All eyes are now on Brazil for the World Cup. So don’t even think about asking me to join a meeting on a day when Spain is playing. I will most likely be at one of my restaurants watching the game screaming, yelling laughing or crying depending on how Spain plays. (more…)

José Andrés: Farmers’ Markets and Our Future

Right outside my door, I am greeted with the best sign that spring is here.

No, it’s not the cherry blossoms that blanket Washington, D.C., where I live, in white petals. It is actually something so simple, but something so important. The return of the farmers’ market! Tucked between four of my restaurants, the National Archives and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, this Penn Quarter farmers’ market brings everyone in the neighborhood out of their office buildings, hotels, museums and restaurants onto the street—every Thursday from April to December—to see what our farmer friends have in store. (more…)

José Andrés: The Power of Food

From the time I was a boy, I loved being around food.

Growing up, my mother was always cooking, and I was often at her side. She was a simple home cook, but she taught me how food can be used to bring people together, to remind us of where we come from.  In my parents’ case, it was Asturias. (more…)

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