'Undiscovered Haiti With José Andrés'
(José Andrés / DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)
Overview: This two-part mini-series docudrama depicts King Henry VIII of England and his "second" wife, Anne Boleyn.
DVD Verdict: José Andrés is a native of Spain and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, the team responsible for Washington’s popular and award-winning dining concepts Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, Café Atlantico and the critically-acclaimed minibar by josé andrés, as well as Los Angeles’ exciting destination, The Bazaar by José Andrés, part of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. ThinkFoodGroup oversees all of José’s creative endeavors such as cookbooks, television programming, concept consulting and project development.
World-renowned chef, author, television host and philanthropist José Andrés gives viewers an unprecedented glimpse into the dynamic culture, people and stunning landscape of Haiti in this one-hour travel special. “Undiscovered Haiti With José Andrés” follows Andrés as he explores the corners of this revitalized, fascinating – and, some say, the most beautiful – country in the Caribbean, showing a side largely unknown to today’s travelers.
While Haiti has in recent years been portrayed primarily via images of the devastation wrought by the 2010 earthquake, it has long been one of the lush jewels of the Caribbean. Much of the country escaped the brunt of the damage and is once again ready to seduce its visitors. In “Undiscovered Haiti With José Andrés,” Andrés brings this vibrant side of Haiti alive, exploring ancient waterfalls and untouched coastlines, hunting for land crabs and mythical mushrooms in its verdant forests, and tasting local specialties on the bustling streets of Port-au-Prince.
Viewers join their passionate guide in exploring historic sites such as the Citadel and a 150-year-old rum factory, experiencing the country’s authentic traditions and rituals, from making cassava bread to midnight gatherings with vodou priests. Along the way, Andrés meets special guests including former President Bill Clinton and Chef Mario Batali. Throughout the documentary, viewers experience the indomitable spirit and infectious joie de vivre of the Haitian people.
In closing, José is Chairman Emeritus for DC Central Kitchen, a cause close to his heart that combats hunger and creates opportunities with culinary training. He was also recently tapped by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three daughters. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.