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Spain's celebrity chef Jose Andres celebrates World Cup win, honors psychic octopus

Jose Andres and Jorge Dezcallar watch Spain defeat Germany in the World Cup semifinal Wed., July 7 at Jaleo restaurant in Bethesda. (Roxanne Roberts/TWP)

"Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- oooooooooooooooooooolllllllllloooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll," tweeted José Andrés seconds after Spain scored its winning goal against Germany in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal.

Excited? Ya think? The celebrity Spanish chef -- so nervous he barely slept Tuesday night -- invited friends (Ambassador Jorge Dezcallar, 9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz) to watch the match at his restaurant Jaleo in Bethesda.

Andres celebrates Spain's win over Germany, decides to spare the lives of cephalopods. (Roxanne Roberts/TWP)

With the score 0-0 at halftime, Andrés was cautiously optimistic about what a win would mean for his homeland. "It's going to be important for the country, for the young kids, for pride, to look into the future and to say, 'Well, we may have economic issues, but if we keep doing things right we're going to get through them.' " The minute the 1-0 game was over, he was booking a flight to South Africa for Sunday's title match, Spain's first-ever World Cup final.

And yeah -- chefs are as superstitious as any other fan. In honor of Paul the psychic octopus (the eight-legged oracle at the Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium correctly predicted the outcome of all German World Cup matches, including Spain's victory), Andrés announced that he was taking octopus off the menu at all his restaurants until further notice.

By The Reliable Source  |  July 8, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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Off the menu "until further notice?" Why am I not surprised that the restaurant is consistent with DC culture? I guess it will be off the menu until the finals and, being rendered of no use to him after, can be safely pushed under the bus!

Posted by: avathaar | July 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@avathaar: If you've ever tried pulpo a la gallega, you wouldn't say he'd be pushed under the bus, you'd be pushing him from your plate into your mouth. Mmmmm.

Posted by: gallegoscot1 | July 9, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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