"Will you see me doing fast-food restaurants in the next year, year and a half? Yes." That's what José Andrés had to say to Vanity Fair during the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. The restaurateur got into a general discussion about chef-driven fast food, saying, "Who do you prefer, a clown organizing your menu—with all due respect to Mr. McDonald—or a chef? I do believe it's a very simple answer."
Andrés has positive things to say about Steve Ells, Chipotle's founder, in the interview. He also argues that chefs largely "feed the few" rather than the many, at their restaurants. " I believe there's an opportunity for chefs to have more of a say in how we're going to feed the vast majority of this planet. You achieve that through the fast-food restaurants."
Though Andrés has achieved a global empire of restaurants in recent years, none of his concepts approach the fast-food or fast-casual sphere at the moment. The chef is currently at work on China Chilcano and America Eats locally.
· Chef José Andrés: "You'll See Me Doing Fast-Food Restaurants in the Next Year" or So [VF Daily]
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