Chef José Andrés of minibar by josé andrés - Biography

Washington, D.C.

September 2015

José Andrés has the career of most chefs’ dreams, the kind that starts with a strong creative vision that somehow super-nova explodes into an empire of restaurants (17 concepts with an ever-growing number of locations), cookbooks, television appearances, and worldwide influence. The latest addition to his Think Food Group is vegetable focused Beefsteak, whose flagship opened spring 2015 in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. But it all began in Mieres, Spain, where Andrés began cooking at an early age—baking with his mother at 8, composing dishes by 12, excelling in culinary school at 16, and apprenticing at El Bulli with Ferran Adrià.

Andrés moved to New York in 1990, decamped for D.C. not long after, and became chef and partner at Jaleo—the foundation of a partnership that became Think Food Group, a pioneer in high-concept, tradition-rich cuisine. From Café Atlantico and Zaytinya to minibar, TFG is prolific. The group has expanded to Puerto Rico, Miami, Los Vegas, and Los Angeles, where it opened the first SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, and The Bazaar by José Andrés, which quickly earned the only four-star review from the L.A. Times.

Between a burgeoning restaurant empire and his own creative output, Andrés shines impossibly bright in the culinary world, and respect has been paid. He was named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. Not that Andrés has abandoned D.C., or his Spanish roots. Dean of the Spanish Studies program at the International Culinary Center in New York, he makes frequent trips home to Spain to reconnect with family and food. Andrés also takes time to work with organizations like D.C. Central Kitchen and L.A. Kitchen on issues including hunger and food waste.