Now they are tackling a new kind of crisis by going to Washington to feed laid-off government workers and their families.
"We believe that no person has to endure the pain if he does not know what to do with his children."
Andrés grew up in Spain, but became known as a chef in Washington, where his tapas restaurant Jaleo opened in the early '90s and produced a mini-empire of restaurants across the city and country.
In December, when the shutdown started, he promised free sandwiches in all his restaurants for all employees of the federal government, and now he is fulfilling his promise.
His team opens a kitchen and café on Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday between the American Capitol and the White House. It serves a changing menu with free hot meals between 11:00 and 18:00. daily to federal employees with a valid ID, along with meals for employees to take home to their family.
"We plan to make thousands of meals every day and we stay open as long as necessary," said Chloe Mata Crane, a spokesperson for World Central Kitchen.
"This has a double meaning: we will have food for you to eat or eat to take home, but I also hope that this will be a call to action for our senators and congressmen and especially President Trump, to make sure make sure we end this moment in the history of America, where families are about to go hungry, "Andrés said.
"We should always come together as & # 39; we the people & # 39 ;, as Americans, bipartisan, Republicans and Democrats – all Americans, so World Central Kitchen will be there for all Americans.