Who needs Harvard? Fans of the culinary skills and general zaniness of Chef José Andrés need not commute to Cambridge in order to learn from the master. They just have to attend GW. George Washington University announced this morning that Andrés will teach the class, "The World on a Plate: How Food Shapes Civilization" at the D.C. school, looking at the intersection of food and society.
Andrés created the course, which will begin spring of next year. It's a 1.5 credit hour course held on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. at GW's Jack Morton Auditorium. And those interested should sign up fast — there are 230 spots open to graduate and undergraduate students. Those who take it will look at issues like how food has shaped the world, the history of food, hunger and obesity, and the intersection between food and national security.
Andrés will teach some, but not all of the classes. Others will be handled by existing faculty and still others will be covered by guest lecturers, many of whom will be high-profile names like The Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern.
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José Andrés at America Eats Tavern last year before it opened [R. Lopez]