Chef and activist José Andrés has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, the Washington Post confirms.
Andrés has been recognized for his disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Haiti, California and all over the world through his non-profit organization World Central Kitchen.
“Because of Mr. Andrés’s work, millions of people have been fed. 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,” Rep. John Delaney said in a nominating document obtained by the Washington Post.
His project WCK, was responsible for feeding more than a reported 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
When the publication reached out to the restaurateur for comment, he gave a humble response. "Oh, wow,” he said, "they nominate everybody." The humanitarian chef was also on the list of Time's Most Influential People of 2018 and he was the James Beard House's pick for 2018 Humanitarian of the Year.
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We’re still in awe of all the support that made #ThanksgivingTogether possible: 🍗: 7,000 pounds of turkey 🥔: 3,500 pounds of mashed potatoes with 100 gallons of gravy 🥗: 3,000 pounds of green beans 🍒: 500 pounds of fresh cranberries 🤝: 1,000+ volunteers Thank you everyone!
The winner for 2019 will be announced next October. Previous winners include Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai and Nelson Mandela.