Chef, restaurateur and humanitarian Jose Andres, whose nonprofit organization has fed tens of thousands of people displaced by natural disasters, has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, according to media reports.
Andres, chef-owner of the ThinkFoodGroup multiconcept operation and head of the World Central Kitchen nonprofit group, was nominated by Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat from Maryland, The Washington Post reported. Last year, a total of more than 330 people and organizations were nominated for the award.
“Because of Mr. Andres’s work, millions of people have been fed,” according to a nominating document obtained by the Post. “This is the most basic human need and Mr. Andres has proven to be world-class in this essential humanitarian field. With an incredible spirit and an innovative mind, Mr. Andres 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.”
Andres has been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s policies on immigration and other issues, backing out of a contract to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in 2015.
The Nobel Committee will announce its prize winners next October.