After opening three new restaurants in Las Vegas, teaching a cooking course at Harvard, and nabbing the Outstanding Chef of the Year award at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards—the Best Director Oscar of gastronomy—Spanish food guru José Andrés has now reconfigured his Washington, D.C., stalwart, Café Atlántico, into a themed pop-up restaurant, opening July 4. The National Archives tapped Andrés for the temporary America Eats Tavern, which is an extension of its exhibit "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government's Effect on the American Diet." Located a few blocks from the Archives, the tavern will serve comfort-food classics—lobster rolls, hot dogs, cheesesteaks—as well as contemporary spins on more esoteric American dishes like Brunswick stew and oysters Rockefeller.
It's with this same culinary patriotism that Andrés presents his top 10 pitfalls of a Fourth of July cookout.