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World-Saving Chef José Andrés Makes Surprise Cameo During Oscars Ceremony

Plus more memorable food moments from Hollywood’s biggest night


Humanitarian superstar chef José Andrés was one of the surprise guests during Andra Day and Common’s performance of “Stand Up for Something” during the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony last night. Midway through the song, which is from the film Marshall, portions of the darkened stage were illuminated by spotlights, revealing 10 notable activists, including Andrés. They stood in the background as the song reached its crescendo, and once the performance was over, Andrés unfurled a Puerto Rican flag that he’d been clutching in his hand the whole time.

After Hurricane Maria blasted through the Caribbean last fall, the Spanish-born chef and his team from the World Central Kitchen worked tirelessly to feed the people affected by the storm. The chef dedicated the Oscars moment to the people of Puerto Rico and everyone who helped with the recovery effort after the disaster:

The crew on stage with Andrés included Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and civil rights activist/#MeToo founder Tarana Burke. Day and Common personally reached out to all 10 activists to invite them to be part of the performance. “I thought, ‘What if we got people who really do the work?,’” Common tells Variety. “People who are true activists out in the world and on the front line. People whose lives, whether by circumstance, have become prime movers for change.”

José held onto the flag after the performance and used it during this photo opp with his pal Lin-Manuel Miranda:

In other Oscars-related food news:

  • Host Jimmy Kimmel surprised attendees with best picture-themed lunch boxes, each of which included donations to the LA Food Bank.
  • Midway through the ceremony, Kimmel took a handful of stars across the street to surprise people watching A Wrinkle In Time with snacks, including sausages launched from a hot dog cannon operated by Armie Hammer.
  • Later in the evening, at the Governors Ball, someone reportedly tried to steal Frances McDormand’s Oscar, but Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him and returned the statue to its rightful owner.
  • After being reunited with her little gold friend, McDormand hit up In-N-Out Burger.
  • In addition to Oscar-shaped crackers with smoked salmon and caviar, Puck’s after party spread featured hand-blown sugar spheres filled with strawberry mousse and the oh-so-trendy ruby pink chocolate.
  • And across town at the Lot in West Hollywood, Jimmy Kimmel hosted his own private after party with food from a slew of famous chefs, including Suzanne Goin, Adam Perry Lang, Chris Bianco, Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Frank Castronovo, Frank Falcinelli, and Marc Vetri. Here’s Kimmel with Jon and Vinny:
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Here Are the 10 Activists Who Shared the Oscars Stage With Common and Andra Day [Variety]
Watch Andra Day and Common’s 2018 Oscar Performance of ‘Stand Up [Oscars]
José Andrés Is Eater’s Icon of the Year [E]

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