How did José Andrés develop a passion for food?
I am a lucky person because I grew up watching my mother and my father cooking. You could argue that was pleasure, but I can tell you that was necessity. In the ’60s, in the ‘70s in Spain, you would not go to restaurants; you would go to the market and you would feed the family by cooking at home.
It’s funny how a necessity becomes pleasure. So probably my mother and father were the early people that planted the seed in me on the meaning of feeding people, or feeding friends and feeding a family.
From there I met Ferran Adrià, who was nobody 26, 27, 28 years ago and today has become not only the most creative chef in the world, but probably one of the most amazing minds in the history of creation. So I got the best of home but then the best of one of the best professionals ever. So I was very lucky. I received influences from both.