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An Activist and a Chef

An Activist and a Chef

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It’s that time of year – nominations are being submitted for the Nobel Peace Prize, famously awarded in Oslo to the person who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” Illustrious recipients in the past include Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama, among many others. In order to win this prestigious award, you have to be nominated, and not just by anyone. There is a specific set of guidelines that rule over who is qualified to have the power of deciding who will be a Nobel Peace Prize potential. Essentially, even getting nominated in the first place is a huge win!

One of this year’s nominees is not a politician or a nun, but a chef! José Andrés is a well-known, Michelin-starred, D.C. area chef who not only runs nearly 30 different restaurants, but also established the nonprofit World Central Kitchen in 2010, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Over the past eight years his tiny team of chefs has expanded worldwide, helping to create solutions to hunger and poverty, especially when caused by natural disasters. Chef Andrés has successfully provided millions of meals to people in need from Indonesia to Puerto Rico during the aftermath of devastating disasters.

This nomination is not the first time José Andrés has been recognized for his efforts — he was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year earlier this year. If you are as entrenched in the food world as I am, you already know how big of a deal that is! While we won’t know until next year who the recipient will be, I am hoping that José Andrés will be the first chef in history to become a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Posted by Catherine S.