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Chef José Andrés, Trump Critic and Humanitarian, Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Representative John Delaney, a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, confirmed to The Washington Post on Monday that he had nominated Andrés for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Shantanu David | News18.com

Updated:November 27, 2018, 12:45 PM IST
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Chef José Andrés, Trump Critic and Humanitarian, Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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José Andrés, the Michelin-starred Spanish-American chef and outspoken Trump critic, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019.

The Spanish-born chef, who owns several award-winning restaurants across the United States, has immersed himself in humanitarian work over the last few years, winning praise from all quarters for his dedication to feeding the disenfranchised as well as victims of natural disasters.

Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Andrés started World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization which provides healthy food to families and individuals touched by disasters. After Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory of Puerto Rico, Andrés and WCK emerged as leaders in relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of the beleaguered island and its people, even as the Trump administration came under widespread criticism for its tepid response to the crisis. Within the first month of rescue efforts, Andrés and WCK had provided more than two million meals to the islanders, and ended up feeding more people than the Red Cross and Salvation Army combined, despite no government support and frequent bureaucratic obstacles.

Apart from his culinary talent and humanitarian work, Andrés is also famous for having styled the many many many dishes which constitute such a huge part of the visual appeal of Hannibal, Bryan Fuller’s gorgeous but blood-soaked reimagining of the world’s favourite fictional cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Given that a majority of Hannibal’s culinary efforts include human um meat and offal, it’s Andrés’ plating that renders each dish an exquisite, sensorial masterpiece.

Pop culture aside, Andrés has become an increasingly vocal critic of the current US administration’s policies, with the chef frequently calling out Donald Trump over his divisive rhetoric and questionable actions. Most famously, Andrés withdrew from a contract with the Trump Organization for opening a restaurant in Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, after POTUS made racist comments about Mexicans while campaigning for office.

Representative John Delaney, a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, confirmed to The Washington Post on Monday that he had nominated Andrés for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.




“Because of Mr. Andrés’s work, millions of people have been fed,” the congressman wrote, according to The Post. “This is the most basic human need and Mr. Andrés has proven to be world-class in this essential humanitarian field. With an incredible spirit and an innovative mind, Mr. Andrés is solving one of the world’s ancient problems and supplying world leaders with a new road map to provide more effective disaster relief in the future.”
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