José Andrés Receives Julia Child Award

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Anthea Hartig, director of the National Museum of American History, and awardee José Andrés. Photo by Jaclyn Nash, courtesy NMAH.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, home to Julia Child’s kitchen, hosted its fifth annual Smithsonian Food History Gala Nov. 7. The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts presented its Julia Child Award to José Andrés, chef, restaurateur and founder of World Central Kitchen for his “profound and significant impact on the way America cooks, eats and drinks.” Guests included four of the five recipients of the past four awards—Jacques Pépin, Rick Bayless, Danny Meyer and Mary Sue Milliken—as well as Andrew Zimmern as the emcee and Ann Cashion and Samin Nosrat as featured speakers.

Observed Andrés: “I cannot say that I am receiving this award as Jose Andres, but I receive this award on behalf of those so many others, people that sometimes give voice to the voiceless. …”

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