José Andrés to attend State of the Union as Pelosi's guest
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José Andrés will attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a guest of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.)

The celebrity chef and philanthropist — a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE — revealed he would be among those at the Capitol for the annual event, writing Monday night:

On Tuesday, Pelosi’s office confirmed Andrés would be in attendance as the Speaker’s guest. Pelosi also invited another high-profile chef, Tyler Florence, to attend Trump’s annual address.


Andrés made headlines in recent weeks for feeding furloughed federal employees during the partial government shutdown via World Central Kitchen, his disaster relief effort.

Last month, Pelosi and other lawmakers toured one of Andrés's temporary kitchens in Washington that was helping provide meals for government workers.

The shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, resulted in a delay of Trump’s bicameral address, which had originally been scheduled for Jan. 29.

Along with the two celebrity chefs, Pelosi also invited a pair of transgender service members; Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.; D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen, among others.