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José Andrés to Break Into Fast Food Next Year

José Andrés
José Andrés
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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

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-]