Chef, restaurateur and humanitarian José Andrés will be the keynote speaker at this year’s MUFSO conference, presented by Nation’s Restaurant News.
Scheduled to speak on Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Reunion in Dallas, Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator and television personality. He is also chef-owner of the Washington, D.C.-based ThinkFoodGroup, which includes 30 restaurants around the world, including minibar by José Andrés as well as the Jaleo, Zaytinya and Beefsteak brands.
Andrés has long been a passionate advocate for combating hunger and supporting sustainable solutions from around the globe.
Along with his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, the chef served more than 3.5 million meals in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria last year.
He also teaches at Harvard University and George Washington University.
Andrés and his company have received numerous awards. This year he was named the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year, and — for the second time in six years — he was named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2018.
Andrés was also listed on NRN’s 2018 Power List; and he was named the Richard Melman Award winner by Restaurant Hospitality in 2010. The chef was inducted into the NRN MenuMasters Hall of Fame in 2013. ThinkFoodGroup was listed as one of the RH 25 most powerful multiconcept restaurant groups in 2017.