May 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM ET
Celebrated Spanish chef Jose Andres, owner of lauded restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Las Vegas, has almost eclipsed his own culinary stardom with endeavors in philanthropy, advocacy and with his exuberant entrepreneurial spirit.
Recently named one of TIME magazine's 100's most influential people, Andres is now setting his sights on a new city: the Big Apple. He's accepted a position as Dean of Spanish Studies at New York City's prestigious International Culinary Center. This past Friday, the chef woke up bright and early in his newly adopted city to share one of his favorite tapas dishes — garlic shrimp and gazpacho — on TODAY.
For Bites, I grabbed my video camera and tracked Andres down in TODAY's kitchen to ask about his go-to spots in NYC, the identity of his kitchen crush (it didn't take much prodding!), and what his recipe is for a great night out on the town. Check out the video above to hear it from the chef of the hour.