José andrés fights starvation with mayo – the new york times best way to bake bacon in the oven

You spent months in puerto rico after hurricane maria hit in october, distributing millions of cooked meals. Your charity, world central kitchen, generally stays in disaster zones for only a short period of time. What was it about puerto rico that moved you to stay for so long? Many people on the island rely on electric kitchens — even if you gave them dry beans and rice, they wouldn’t be able to cook it. On top of that, many of them barely had water for drinking — imagine for cooking. We thought we were going to provide relief for a few days until everything came back to normal. But then I realized that the problem was much bigger than that and that the need was only going to become bigger, not smaller.

You lost 25 pounds during your time there, which is pretty surprising considering you were turning out tens of thousands of meals a day.

You couldn’t take a couple of those meals for yourself? There was no time.

Was it important to you, as a chef, that you served not just any food but food that tasted good?Puerto rico of course you wouldn’t serve something bad. But you need to be in those situations to understand the meaning of a decent hot plate of food.

I’ve read multiple references to your making sure that the sandwiches you served contained a ton of mayo. What was that about? Mayo, remember, is fat. It’s calories, no. 1; no. 2, it’s moisture. People didn’t have a lot of water to drink in puerto rico. So I had to give them a sandwich that was full of calories and moist. If it was not moist, it was harder to eat that sandwich. Continue reading the main story

You had plans to open a restaurant in donald trump’s washington hotel but canceled them in 2015 after he made defamatory comments about mexicans. Was that a business decision or a moral decision? In this case, I think my line has been: it was a business decision. But all the good business decisions in the 21st century are smart moral decisions.

After you settled your breach-of-contract lawsuit with the trumps, you said in a statement that you hoped to “move forward cooperatively as friends.” do you feel like you’re friends with the president now?Business decision no. Obviously. I mean, a friend is somebody you invite over for dinner. On the other hand, I always respected ivanka. I hope that the best of ivanka is going to show up, because I think she could be a very important force in moderating certain views of this administration — in relation to immigrants, in relation to women, in relation to morals.

What bothers you more about trump — his position on immigration or his position on what constitutes good food? You know, yesterday my daughter challenged me to eat fast food on the highway from new york to washington. Does that make me a worse chef? That I ate at a wendy’s in the middle of the highway?

Did you like it? It was awesome. The chicken was crispy, the bacon was crispy. The bread looked like a photo from wendy’s. I was very impressed. I was not expecting that. But what really bothers me about president trump is the moral compass. I really hope we will see a maturing of this president.