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Celebrated chef José Andrés has recently used his position to showcase the humanity of the foodservice industry, by standing up for those working in it and using his skills and connections to feed those in need. The outspoken, Michelin-starred Spanish chef served more than 3 million hot meals to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, then barely caught his breath before heading to Harvey-inundated Houston, then on to Southern California when wildfires devastated the area.
Known for: Andrés has built a reputation for groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and bringing tapas/small plates to the U.S. His group of 27 restaurants all over the country and in Mexico City include minibar by José Andrés, Jaleo, Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas and Beefsteak, his new fast-casual concept.
Power move: Getting political. On February’s Day Without Immigrants, he closed all but one of his D.C. restaurants, according to The Washington Post. Also known for his contentious “beefs” on Twitter, Andrés recently offered to buy lunch for journalist winners of Trump’s “Fake News Awards.”
What’s next: Andrés is a partner in a planned 35,000-square foot indoor-outdoor Spanish food hall in New York’s Hudson Yards complex. Meanwhile, his ThinkFoodGroup in Washington, D.C., is developing ThinkFoodLab, which will host a series of pop-ups to test new concepts and dishes.