California Bends Rules for Celebrity Chef José Andrés

Celebrity chef José Andrés has been granted a waiver by Palo Alto, California officials so that gas burners may be used in his latest restaurant.

Andrés Gets His Way

Palo Alto officials have retracted their previous decision.

They are going to let the brand-new eatery that chef José Andrés intends on opening at Stanford Shopping Center make use of natural gas, according to Palo Alto Online.

When confronted with the prospect of a lawsuit, Palo Alto administrators changed their minds and are going to permit the utilization of natural gas, the publication stated.

The restaurant was initially planned to be built by Simon Property Group (SPG) in 2019. It received local permissions before the city council changed the building laws to mandate that all new structures be powered by electricity.

Before city officials directed the building to be upgraded to the new code, the developer had already inserted a gas connection into it.

SPG Group LLC’s attorney, Anna Shimko, stated to the city that SPG is certain the implementation of the new Reach Code in the present situation is legally flawed and illegal.

SPG, therefore, is ready to take every step required to uphold its legal rights to operate gas establishments within Building EE.

The defense lawyer went on to say this would alter the “caliber” of the cuisine and compel the five-star establishment to adjust its menu.

Shimko stated Zaytinya would be obliged to change its unique five-star cuisine, which it is not willing to undertake without a gas line and equipment.

Biden Administration Abandoned Ban

The Biden administration’s discussion of a potential ban on natural gas burners in residential and commercial properties sparked the controversy over gas stoves.

A Consumer Product Safety Commission member stated in January that a prohibition on gas cooking appliances was “on the table,” due to the health hazards.

Although it appears the Biden administration abandoned the plan, certain states, such as New York, have pressed forward and forbade the installation of gas-powered stoves in new structures.