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US-based Spanish chef and humanitarian José Andrés has been awarded the American Express Icon Award 2019. This prestigious honor is part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and celebrates an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the restaurant industry worthy of international recognition and who has used the platform that his profile as a chef provides to raise awareness and drive change.

Chef Andrés will officially receive his award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 ceremony, heldat Sands Theatre within the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on the evening of Tuesday 25th June. The award reflects his overall career as a pioneering chef and restaurateur as well as his more recent humanitarian work, both of which have brought him to the status of a global culinary icon.

“José Andrés is more than just a superb chef and restaurateur,” says William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “Not only has he brought fantastic, authentic, forward-thinking Spanish food to the US, but through his World Central Kitchen project he has helped feed millions of people denied access to nutritious food as a result of natural disasters. Chef Andrés embodies a character that has used his talent in the kitchen and subsequent position of power and access for a wider good, which makes him the perfect winner of the first global American Express Icon Award.”

Jose Andrés says: “I’m very humbled to receive this award, to make sure that I will give voice tothose who are voiceless. I will try to make sure that we bring hope, one plate of food at a time.”

Born in Asturias, northern Spain, Chef Andrés is the man credited with bringing both authentic tapas and innovative contemporary Spanish cuisine to the US. After spending two years with Ferran Adrià at legendary modernist restaurant El Bulli, in 1991 he packed his bags for the States with just $50 in his pocket.

Today, his ThinkFoodGroup includes more than 30 restaurants, including the two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés in Washington, DC, which serves some of the most avant-garde cuisine in the world. His array of restaurants ranges from experimental tasting-menu-only counter dining experiences to authentic regional cuisines and fast-casual concepts, which are focused on impeccably sourced ingredients served simply, often in a small-plate or tapas style.

“We are thrilled to recognize the incredible culinary and humanitarian work of our American ExpressGlobal Dining Collection partner and overall visionary, José Andrés, with the American Express IconAward,” said Chris Cracchiolo, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty and Benefits, American Express.“Chef Andrés truly embodies what this award stands for, as his work both in the kitchen and outsidehave shown the power and impact that food can have in bringing individuals and communities together and helping them thrive and grow together.”

Twice awarded Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influencial People in the World, Andrés’ humanitarian workhas received widespread recognition. In 2016 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal at the White House by President Obama, and in 2018 he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for the role of his non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, in providing nearly 4 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. His book recounting his experience in Puerto Rico, We Fed An Island, is a New York Times bestseller.

He has recently broadened his restaurant reach with a new location of Jaleo, his first restaurant, at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, as well as the 35,000-square foot MercadoLittle Spain in New York’s Hudson Yards development, which combines a variety of Spanishrestaurants, bars and food and retail kiosks under one roof. Described as “a veritable love letter to Spain”, the project, inspired by the mercados central to social life in Spain, was developed withcreative collaboration from brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià, with whom he worked at El Bulli at the start of his career.

Max Brallier appearing at NYC Comic Con for The Last Kids on Earth series (10/8/17)


Atomic Cartoons to adapt New York Times bestselling series for TV, The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King hits bookshelves today

Max Brallier’s New York Times bestselling The Last Kids on Earth series reaches a groundbreaking 1 million copies in print with the release of the third book, The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King from Viking, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. This comes on the heels of Thunderbird Entertainment’s announcement that their Emmy Award-nominated animation studio Atomic Cartoons has optioned the rights to bring the series to screens everywhere. Filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, and a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters, The Last Kids on Earth is has been described as Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Walking Dead.

Brallier is on board as executive producer and writer for the animated series, alongside Atomic Cartoon’s Jennifer McCarren and Matthew Berkowitz. Thunderbird Entertainment is a rapidly growing Vancouver-based multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Thunderbird’s most recent projects include the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, hit Canadian comedy Kim’s Convenience and the animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs, featuring reimagined songs from the Beatles catalogue featuring artists such as Sia, Eddie Vedder and P!nk.

A rich blend of humor with illustrations by Australian comic artist Douglas Holgate, The Last Kids on Earth has received three starred reviews and was called ‘Terrifyingly fun’ by Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid. With sales of each book increasing exponentially every year, the series draws even the most reluctant readers in with its ‘likable cast, lots of adventure, and gooey, oozy monster slime galore’ (Booklist). The Last Kids on Earth is quickly becoming the next big series to watch with at least two more books still to come.

Max Brallier is a renaissance man in children’s book world, with a keen ear for writing pitch perfect middle grade voice. Before he was a New York Times bestselling author, he worked in marketing at St. Martin’s Press, and developed adventure games for the website Poptropica, a virtual world of games for kids with millions of users per day. He has also written for Cartoon Network licensed properties including Adventure Time, Regular Show and Uncle Grampa. With The Last Kids on Earth Brallier takes his talents to the written page, where the main characters are independent, geeky, zombie fighters that are ‘hilarious and full of heart’ (Boys’ Life).

Inspired by spending his own childhood reading in his backyard treehouse, Brallier’s main character Jack Sullivan and his squad of friends reside in a tricked-out treehouse of their own after a monster-zombie apocalypse hits town. Along the way they encounter friendly monsters (and some evil ones too), treating life like a video game by imagining obstacles as feats. Brallier observes that children often think this way too, whether it’s fear of a test in school or gathering confidence to raise your hand to ask a question in class. “Kids really respond to Jack’s confidence and slightly self-deprecating voice,” Brallier says. “It means so much to me to see the dog-earred pages of my books and connect with the kids who can’t wait to hear how the series will end.”   

This September Brallier will visit over 8,000 students in schools across the country on a national tour. Penguin met the excitement with a robust marketing and advertising campaign with over 50 million impressions, and gave readers an opportunity to be entered in the acknowledgements of the next Last Kids on Earth title, releasing in 2018.         

Max Brallier is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books and games, including the middle-grade series The Last Kids on Earth. Under the pen name Jack Chabert, Max is the creator of the Eerie Elementary series for Scholastic Books and author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Poptropica: Mystery of the Map. He is the creator of Galactic Hot Dogs, a middle-grade adventure series, and has written books for properties including LEGO, Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe. Max has written for adults, including the pick-your-own-path series Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? and an entry in the zombie anthology Nights of the Living Dead. In the olden days, Max was a game designer for the virtual world Poptropica and worked in marketing at St. Martin’s Press. Max lives in New York with his wife, Alyse, and daughter Lila.

Douglas Holgate has been a freelance comic book artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia for more than ten years. Douglas has illustrated comics for Image, Dynamite, Abrams, and Penguin Random House.

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