15 Chefs Who Have Refused to Work With Donald Trump

Although President Donald Trump’s diet has sparked thousands of headlines, the commander in chief doesn’t seem all that interested in food. Trump has had plenty of run-ins with various chefs. Some don’t like his politics. Others don’t want to get too closely linked to the president’s volatile public image. And still others don’t seem to appreciate his meat-and-potatoes approach to dining.

Check out 15 high-profile chefs who have either refused outright to work with Trump or have made comments that clearly reveal they’d never want to be the White House chef or open a restaurant at one of Trump’s properties.

1. José Andrés

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José Andrés backed out of a deal to work with Donald Trump. | Paul Morigi/Getty Images 

D.C.-based chef José Andrés, who owns almost 20 restaurants, backed out of a deal to open the flagship restaurant in the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. The reason why, according to The Washington Post? Trump’s anti-immigrant comments.

The Spanish-born chef became an American citizen in 2013. Andrés explained of his decision to drop the project, “More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status.”

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