Pablo de Loy
Monday, April 11, 2011 | 3 a.m.
This chef wasn’t going to bring his talents to Las Vegas for just anybody—the fit had to be perfect. Hot off the opening of Jaleo and fusion restaurant, China Poblano, at The Cosmopolitan, Andrés opens up about what makes him—and his business—unique.
Why did you come to Las Vegas?
You could argue that restaurants are the entertainment industry of the 21st century. If you’re in the restaurant business, it makes sense to do it. I had two offers before this, but it wasn’t right. The Cosmopolitan was the right style of casino for me. It fits.
What would be the name of your TV show?
How Food Can Change The World.
Who’s your biggest rival?
I don’t have a rival.
Do you separate José Andrés, the person, from José Andrés, the businessman?
That’s the one thing everybody has. You have different hats. You wear them during the day in different ways.
Do you get offended when people ask you about your tacos instead of your paella?
No. The truth is when you talk about America, it’s a melting pot. I’m a perfect example of the melting pot that is America.