Wednesday Open Thread

Josse Andres… I love this man.

Who is he?

José Ramón Andrés Puerta (born 13 July 1969), known as José Andrés, is a Spanish-American chef often credited for bringing the small plates dining concept to America. He owns restaurants in Washington D.C.; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; South Beach, Florida; and Dorado, Puerto Rico. Andrés is chair of the advisory board for LA Kitchen, a social enterprise in Los Angeles, California that works to reduce food waste, provide job training, and increase access to nutritious food. He was awarded a 2015 National Humanities Medal at a 2016 White House ceremony.


Early in his career, he trained under Ferran Adrià at the restaurant elBulli. Beginning in the fall of 2010, Andrés taught a culinary physics course at Harvard University with Ferran Adrià.[5] In May 2012, Andrés was named dean of Spanish Studies at The International Culinary Center, where he and Colman Andrews developed a curriculum in traditional and modern Spanish cuisine, which debuted in February 2013. On 29 October 2012, he announced he was heading back to the classroom, and would teach his first course on how food shapes civilization at George Washington University next year.

In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he formed World Central Kitchen which provides healthy food to families and individuals touched by disasters. The organization operated in Southern California during the December 2017 wildfires to assist firefighters and first responders including the huge Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The organization also provided food to families affected by the fires.

Trump Hotel restaurant

Andrés planned to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, in 2016. However, after Donald Trump made disparaging comments about Mexicans in June 2015, Andrés withdrew from the contract with the Trump Organization, which then sued him. Andrés counter-sued, and the parties reached a settlement in April 2017.[10] Andrés remains an outspoken critic of Trump.

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria response

Andrés emerged as a leader of the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017. His efforts to provide assistance encountered obstacles from FEMA and government bureaucrats, so instead, “we just started cooking.” He organized a grass-roots movement of chefs and volunteers to establish communications, food supplies, and other resources and started serving meals. Andrés and his organization World Central Kitchen served more than 2,000,000 meals in the first month after the hurricane. WCK received two short term FEMA contracts and served more meals than the Salvation Army or the Red Cross, but its application for longer term support was denied.

Personal life

Andrés is married and has three daughters. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in December 2013.

After Hurricane Maria, Chef José Andrés Had A ‘Crazy Dream’ To Feed Puerto Rico

9-1-18  NPR audio interview here

2015 Jose receives Humanities Medal from President Obama

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55 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. eliihass says:

    “…A representative for Melania Trump criticized the panelists of the “The View” after the women addressed the first lady’s response to the anonymous op-ed submitted to The New York Times by a senior official within the Trump administration.

    In the segment of Friday’s show, Sunny Hostin read the statement Melania put out after the op-ed was published, saying in part, “Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news. People with no names are writing our nation’s history.”

    The statement added: “Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences. If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves.”

    Hostin alluded to the idea of Melania being hypocritical in her statement, based upon some of the first lady’s previous actions.

    “I recall that Melania was also a birther,” said Hostin, referring to a group of people who believe President Obama wasn’t born in America. “Weren’t those words very important and accusation very important?”

    Host Joy Behar also mentioned the fact that Melania wore a jacket with the words “I Really Don’t Care Do U” while on her way to visit immigrant children in Texas.

    Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s director of communications, tweeted about the segment, saying the hosts were disrespectful and hypocritical in the segment…”

  2. Liza says:

    Well, my theory is she won’t come clean as long as law enforcement is protecting her and, BTW, who is bankrolling her defense and PR consultant?

    By OMAR VILLAFRANCA CBS NEWS September 12, 2018, 7:11 PM
    Family to Dallas officer who shot son in his apartment: “Come clean” about night of deadly shooting

    DALLAS — There were more protests in Dallas on Wednesday over the fatal shooting of a black man inside his own home by a white off-duty police officer. The family of Botham Jean, the man who was killed, is demanding answers.

    “I am still in denial. I cannot believe that my boy is not here,” said Bertram Jean, Botham’s father. “I don’t even know if I want to see him in that state. So affable. So sweet. Botham, my Botham.”

    “One of the things I would like is for Amber to come clean. Just surrender. Because given the person that Botham was, he wouldn’t have touched her. She did wrong. Come clean. That is what I want,” said Allison Jean.

    Botham grew up in St. Lucia, but the Jean family said he was fully aware of the strained relationship between the black community in America and police.

    “Botham died in a way that he himself had calculated that he could never have died,” said Allison Jean.

    Botham’s funeral will be held on Thursday.

  3. Ametia says:

    A French Art School Was Lacking In Melanated Scholars So Students Were Made To Look Black For A Promo Photo

    Oh, but it gets worse…

  4. Liza says:

    One week ago, Botham Jean was alive and well, 26 years old with his whole life ahead of him, had a career and a future. Now there are flowers in front of his door.

  5. Ametia says:

    Migrant children housed at a tent encampment in Tornillo, Tex., walk in single file line. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

    — Two other stories also show why you should pay more attention to what Trump does than what he says:

    The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it will more than triple the size of a tent city for migrant children in El Paso. The camp at the Tornillo-Guadalupe Land Port of Entry will grow from 1,200 beds to as many as 3,800. “The Trump administration established the camp in June as a temporary shelter because its facilities elsewhere were running out of space,” Nick Miroff reports. “Widespread condemnation forced Trump to reverse [his family separation policy in June], but since then HHS has taken in greater numbers of underage migrants. The number of families illegally crossing the border jumped again in recent weeks … [HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe] said the agency has 12,800 minors in its custody, the highest number ever. Minors spend an average of 59 days in HHS custody, up from 51 days in 2017.”

  6. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : September 12, 2018

    Enigmati: adjective en-ig-MAT-ik

    Definition: of, relating to, or resembling an enigma : mysterious

  7. rikyrah says:

    Trump concerns about Kushner money problems revealed by Woodward

    Bob Woodward talks with Rachel Maddow about his new book, “Fear,” and the questions the book raises about what Donald Trump knew about what Mike Flynn was doing (and lying about), as well as Trump’s apparent sensitivity about Jared Kushner’s money problems.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Woodward book a Trump treasure map for journalists

    Rachel Maddow highlights just a few passages from Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” that describe exchanges in the White House that

  9. rikyrah says:

    Breaking: Trump admin took millions from FEMA for ICE detentions

    Senator Jeff Merkley talks with Rachel Maddow about a document showing that the Trump administration took nearly ten million dollars from FEMA’s budget ahead of the 2018 hurricane season and gave it to ICE to pay for detentions.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Trump praises P.R. response despite nearly 3000 American deaths

    Rachel Maddow notes that the last Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States was Hurricane Maria, which was an unmitigated, tragic disaster that resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans. Despite this, Donald Trump boasted about his administration’s response as an “unsung success.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    The Chef is a true American Hero 🙌🙌👏👏

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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