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Chef and Humanitarian José Andrés Announced as ISRI2021 Main Stage Speaker

Philanthropic Restauranteur to Address Global Recycling Audience

(Washington, DC) – Connection, motivation, and inspiration through community involvement has long been a focus of the recycling industry. In keeping with that important tradition, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is proud to announce José Andrés as ISRI2021 Main Stage speaker on Tuesday, April 20. Andrés’ address will open the association’s virtual conference, which is scheduled for April 20-22 and April 27-29.

“Following a year like no other, we can all use some additional inspiration, and who better to provide it than Chef José Andrés,” said ISRI Vice President of Meetings and Convention Chuck Carr. “Chef José Andrés shares in the commitment of recyclers to do their part to make the world a better place. He has built a restaurant business into a world-renowned brand. Through food, he’s led efforts in education and humanitarian relief at home and around the world. Chef Andrés’ influence inspires people of all backgrounds and we look forward to hearing from him at ISRI2021.”

Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018 and recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

He is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2010, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit specializing in delivering food relief in the wake of natural and humanitarian disasters. Since serving nearly 4 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, World Central Kitchen has responded to dozens of disasters worldwide and distributing tens of millions of meals in the process. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has partnered with restaurants, small farms, and community leaders around the country to combat food insecurity. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and on July 4, 2014 was named by President Barack Obama as that year’s “Outstanding American by Choice.”

In addition to his numerous global philanthropic endeavors, Andrés is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of nearly three dozen restaurants located throughout the country and beyond. ThinkFoodGroup’s concepts include the two Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés in Washington, DC and the two Michelin-starred Somni in Beverly Hills, the acclaimed NYC food hall Mercado Little Spain, and multiple locations of the Bazaar by José Andrés. José has received the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” and "Humanitarian of the Year" awards.

ISRI2021 will also feature previously announced Main State speaker Gary D. Cohn, recycling commodity spotlights, and additional sessions covering topics ranging from federal, state, and local issues to business operations, safety and the environment, and global and domestic market trends.

The most up to date session, speaker, exhibit hall, and registration information and details can be found at ISRI2021.org.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.

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