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Chef Profile: José Andrés

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on July 19
Andrés taste testing. (Jot Down/Flickr)

Andrés taste testing. (Jot Down/Flickr)

We’re starting a new series of profiles on local chefs to get to know the ins and outs of the DMV food scene. First up, we have D.C.’s culinary boy wonder himself, José Andrés.

A little history:

Andrés was born in Spain and moved to D.C. in the ‘90s. He first started in the D.C. dining scene with Jaleo in Penn Quarter, which quickly became one of the most successful tapas restaurants in the country. Zaytinya and Oyamel followed shortly after. He is also known for establishing World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides meals after natural disasters.

By the awards:

Andrés has two Michelin stars for his tasting counter minibar, and four Bib Gourmands. He has also been recognized by the James Beard Foundation.

Culinary style:

Known as the pioneer of Spanish tapas in the U.S., Andrés’ style is influenced by his northern Spanish home and cuisine. His early restaurants featured a lot of seafood, fresh veggies, and small plates. He has expanded to include upscale American influences in his more recent ventures, such as The Baazar and minibar.

Plating at José Andrés’ Minibar.

Plating at José Andrés’ Minibar. (Andy Chou/Flickr)

D.C. Restaurants:

Andrés has 19 restaurants, eight of which are in the DMV and range from casual diners to Michelin-star bars.

  • Jaleo (Penn Quarter)
  • China Chilcano (Penn Quarter)
  • Oyamel (Penn Quarter)
  • Zaytinya (Penn Quarter)
  • minibar/barmini (Penn Quarter)
  • The Bazaar (Federal Triangle)
  • Spanish Diner (Bethesda)
  • Beefsteak (Foggy Bottom)
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