The National Democratic Institute presented the “Leadership in Democracy Award” to Chef Jose Andres. "NDI was built on the premise that democracy is the best means yet discovered to make progress towards what most people want: security, justice, prosperity and peace," said NDI Chairman Madeleine K. Albright in presenting the award.
Andres, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was recognized for his humanitarian work, which includes delivery of meals to people around the world facing dire circumstances, including in Haiti, Puerto Rico and Indonesia. He reminded guests that “when we talk about democracy, it’s really always about the role of the majority, but the thing is, it is also the obligation of the majority to give a voice also to the minority. Sometimes the minority are those people that are voiceless in our democracy.”