We Feed People
WE FEED PEOPLE, from OscarⓇ-winning director Ron Howard, spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s incredible mission and evolution over 12 years, from being a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector.
José AndrésSUBJECT, CHEF, FOUNDER OF WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in both 2012 and 2018, and awarded Outstanding Chef and Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, New York Times bestselling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of restaurants, ranging in a variety of culinary experiences from a food truck to his multiple location, vegetable-focused, fast-casual Beefsteak to world-class tasting menus like the two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés and, in New York, his 35,000 square foot dining and market destination Mercado Little Spain. Newly formed in 2021, José Andrés Media will produce unscripted and scripted television series, books, podcasts and digital short- and mid-form content with a focus on food-related stories and characters and the culture of food. The company will pursue global strategic brand partnerships, including consumer products and e-commerce.
In 2010, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit which uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. Notably, his team served over 3.6 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, World Central Kitchen has partnered with thousands of local restaurants, farmers and community leaders around the country to combat food insecurity and create smart food policy. Andrés’ work has earned awards and distinctions, including the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the 2015 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Andrés was also named Washington Business Journal’s CEO of the Year in 2020 for his leadership and impact on the global business community and was awarded the Princesa de Asturias Foundation’s 2021 Concordia Prize for his humanitarian work. As a naturalized citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created many of Hollywood’s most memorable films.
Past films include Hillbilly Elegy, Rebuilding Paradise, the Grammy-winning Best Music Film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rush, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Backdraft, to name a few.
Howard has also produced a number of award-winning productions including the Lin-Manuel Miranda feature tick, tick…BOOM!, as well as the Emmy-winning series Arrested Development, the award winning anthology series Genius, and the upcoming series Under The Banner of Heaven, from Dustin Lance Black.
Current productions include Thirteen Lives about the rescue of twelve boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand and the documentary We Feed People profiling the humanitarian work of renowned chef José Andrés.
Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with the comedy Grand Theft Auto and began his career as a child actor, featured in The Music Man, and later on the long-running and popular television series The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.
Howard and his longtime friend and business partner Brian Grazer founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986, which they continue to run together as chairmen.
Founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises while working to build resilient food systems with locally led solutions. WCK has served more than 60 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world. WCK’s Resilience programs strengthen food and nutrition security by training chefs and school cooks, advancing clean cooking practices, and awarding grants to farms, fisheries and small-food businesses while also providing educational and networking opportunities.
Directed by Ron Howard
Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Meredith Kaulfers, Walter Matteson
Executive Producers Michael Rosenberg, Louisa Velis, Carolyn Bernstein, Nathan Mook, Richard Wolffe