When he isn’t in one of his kitchens, Andrés has committed himself to setting up shop in Florida, North Carolina, and Guatemala following other hurricanes. Partnering with ThinkGoodGroup and non-profit group World Central Kitchen, he dives into disaster zones and sets up a mobile operation for feeding hungry people. On Thanksgiving, instead of spending the holiday at home, the chef was in California, feeding 15,000 hot meals to survivors of the fires that have ravaged swaths of the state.

Across the decades there have been a handful of Nobel laureates with food-related backgrounds. In 1904, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov won for his work to better understand how the stomach digests food. In 1929, Christiaan Eijkman won for early work developing the concept of vitamins. In 1945, John Boyd Orr won for his work shaping Britain’s wartime food policy strategy. In 1998, Amartya Sen won for study on the underlying economic causes of famine.

In Andrés’ case, The Washington Post managed to obtain some of the language from Delaney’s nomination. In that document, Delaney heaped praise on the chef’s work and touted it as a model for responding to future crises.

“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,” Delaney wrote.

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