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Chef José Andrés Offers GW Commencement Speech

14212658491_7d2d3160bc_zAt yesterday’s George Washington University commencement, chef José Andrés addressed 6,000 graduates and their 20,000 guests in a ceremony that took place on the National Mall, before the Capitol and with the Washington Monument as a backdrop.

Just before diving into his speech, Andrés directs attention to the jumbotrons for a star-studded video that explains how he was offered his invitation by GW President Steven Knapp.

Up pops Craig Ferguson. “Oh, President Knapp! Good to hear from you,” he says from the set of the “Late Late Show.” Unfortunately, he’s “watching TV that night” and suggests Andrés, who “has an accent that’s even harder to understand than mine.”

Throughout the video, Eric HolderAl RokerGwyneth PaltrowMorgan FreemanJesse Tyler FergusonSam WaterstonMatt Dillon and Owen Wilson all make appearances, each one turning down the offer and suggesting Mr. Andrés as the next-best choice.

The two-minute piece ended with Ferguson providing Andrés’s email address: sparklypaellaboi@hotmail.com. “That’s b-o-i,” he says.

Check out the video, after the jump.

GW Commencement 2014: José Andrés from The George Washington University on Vimeo.

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