Restaurant owner nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

José Andrés, founder of ThinkFoodGroup and hunger relief organisation World Central Kitchen, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. While the nomination process is usually kept secret, Andrés’ nomination was made by a US Congressman launching his campaign for President, so naturally announced it in an interview with the Washington Post.

John Delaney, a Democratic congressman from Maryland, said that “because of Mr. Andrés’s work, millions of people have been fed.”

“This is the most basic human need and Mr. Andrés has proven to be world-class in this essential humanitarian field. With an incredible spirit and an innovative mind, Mr. Andrés 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.”

Andrés rose to prominence following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, as well as for his efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and more recently the aftermath of the California wildfires.

“I don’t know if it is true, but if it is, I’m humbled by it,” Andrés write on Twitter. “I’m one more guy between thousands of people helping feed people in need, every day around the world, unrecognized.”