June 17 opening keynote

José Andrés

Chef, restaurateur, and humanitarian José Andrés has achieved independent success in a competitive industry, which he has parlayed into a values-driven enterprise. Keynote host Roman Mars will interview José about using the power of core values to drive creative and business goals.

José Andrés portrait in chef uniform


Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018 and recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of nearly three dozen restaurants located throughout the country and beyond. ThinkFoodGroup’s concepts include the two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés in Washington, DC and the two Michelin-starred Somni in Beverly Hills, the acclaimed NYC food hall Mercado Little Spain, and multiple locations of the Bazaar by José Andrés. José has received the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” awards.

José is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2010, he formed World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that works across the globe to deliver post-disaster food relief. Since serving nearly 4 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, World Central Kitchen has responded to dozens of disasters worldwide and distributing tens of millions of meals in the process. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has partnered with restaurants, small farms, and community leaders around the country to combat food insecurity. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Spain, José has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and on July 4, 2014, was named by President Barack Obama as that year’s “Outstanding American by Choice.”

José Andrés Keynote Event: Values-Based Leadership
June 17 at 1pm