- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

He still isn’t welcome at Donald Trump’s brand spanking new Trump International Hotel, but celebrity chef Jose Andres will soon be honored at another famous Pennsylvania Avenue address — the White House.

The White House announced late Wednesday that President Obama has selected the Spanish-born chef as one of the recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, and will receive his medal at a September 22 ceremony at the White House.

Mr. Andres is locked in a very public feud with the Republican presidential nominee after backing out of a contract to open a restaurant in Mr. Trump’s first major Washington D.C. project last year, citing what he said were insulting remarks by the developer about Hispanic immigrants during his presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump then sued the chef for $10 million for breach of contract, and Mr. Andres countersued for $8 million. Both suits are still being fought out in court.

The $200 million Trump International Hotel had a “soft opening” this week ahead of an official opening next month.

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. Both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Other National Humanities Medal honorees announced Wednesday included jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and public radio talk-show host Terry Gross.

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