José Ramón Andrés Puerta is a Spanish American chef who is credited for bringing the small plates dining concept to America. He owns restaurants in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, South Beach, Washington DC and Florida.
Despite his fame and fortune, he has worked on various humanitarian causes such as reducing food waste and increasing access to nutritious food. In 2010, he set up an NGO called the ‘World Central Kitchen’ – the kitchen is devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters and so far he and his team have cooked and served 3,000,000 meals for first responders and those affected by earthquake Haiti, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Maria, and most recently teamed up with chefs Guy Fieri, and Tyler Florence, and local Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to bring Thanksgiving dinner to 15,000 Camp Fire survivors in Butte County, California.
In 2015 he was presented with the National Humanities Medal at a 2016 White House ceremony and rumour has it that Maryland Representative John Delaney has nominated Andrés for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019 award.
The winner will be announced in October.