Chef José Andres and the NGO World Central Kitchen, 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Concord


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The well known Spanish chef José Andrés and his NGO World Central Kitchen They have been awarded the 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

José Andrés is one of the internationally known chefs. He was born in Mieres (Asturias), but his family moved to Barcelona when he was still little, and it was in Barcelona where he began to cook. At the age of fifteen, he entered the Barcelona School of Catering and Hospitality and learned at El Bulli. Years later, he decided to go to the United States, where he achieved the success that he maintains to this day.

But in addition to its cuisine, it is also known worldwide for its more supportive side. In 2012, he founded the NGO World Central Kitchen to address the food shortage that occurred in Haiti due to the devastating earthquake that hit the country. Since then, the organization has carried out actions around the world and always with one goal: to end hunger in the world.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, both the chef and the organization he founded have continued to carry out initiatives to help the most vulnerable.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation highlights the work of José Andrés and the NGO workers in developing exemplary forms of humanitarian assistance, focused on helping the most disadvantaged in the most extreme situations and as catalysts for the collaboration of agents from different areas in pursuit of a fairer and more sustainable society.

The meeting of the jury in charge of awarding this award, the last of the eight international awards which is convened this year by the Princess of Asturias Foundation and which is in its XLI edition, took place this morning via videoconference. A total of 35 candidatures from 16 nationalities opted for this award.

The Princess of Asturias Awards are intended, according to its Regulations, to reward “scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out by people, institutions, groups of people or institutions in the international arena.” In accordance with these principles, the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord is awarded to “the work of defense and generalization of human rights, the promotion and protection of peace, freedom, solidarity, world heritage and, in general, the progress of humanity.

The ceremony for the Princess of Asturias Awards will be held, as is traditional, in October in a solemn ceremony presided over by the Kings. Each of the awards is endowed with a sculpture by Joan Miró –representative symbol of the award– a diploma, a badge and the cash amount of 50,000 euros.

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