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José Andrés to Break Into Fast Food Next Year

José Andrés
José Andrés
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Empire builder José Andrés is making moves into the fast food arena. The chef told Vanity Fair in an interview that he will be "doing fast-food restaurants" in the next year to 18 months. While he doesn't go into too much detail regarding what a José Andrés fast food restaurant would look like or serve, Andrés suggests that he is inspired by Steve Ells' success with Chipotle.

Andrés' reasoning is pretty straightforward: "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." While a fast food restaurant, or even a partnership with an existing fast food chain, would be new for Andrés, the chef is no stranger to working with big companies. Andrés has worked on NBC's Hannibal and released a line of supermarket-ready foods last year. Stay tuned for more.

· Chef José Andrés: "You'll See Me Doing Fast-Food Restaurants" [VF]
· All José Andrés Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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