Chef Jose Andres Launches Chef Jose Media

Post by: AYS Staff 01 October, 2021

José Andrés, beloved culinary innovator, New York Times bestselling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, announced today the launch of a new media company, José Andrés Media. José Andrés Media will produce unscripted and scripted television series, books, podcasts, and digital short and mid-form content with a focus on food-related stories and characters and the culture of food. The new company’s first project will be a six-episode series produced in association with Nutopia that is set in Spain and currently being developed for Discovery+.

“It’s been my dream to launch José Andrés Media for many years – to tell stories about who we are through the food we eat. Our food content will be as creative, fun, inspiring and authentic as our restaurants. I can’t wait to get started,” said José Andrés. “We need longer tables, not higher walls. Our media work will fill those tables with the dishes that help us understand each other, across the world and the generations. Food is so much more than just a plate of ingredients. It tells us where we have come from and where we’re going.”

Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018, and awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, New York Times bestselling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of more than 30 restaurants located throughout the country and beyond, ranging in a variety of culinary experiences from a food truck to his multi-location vegetable-focused fast casual Beefsteak, to world-class tasting menus like minibar by José Andrés and Somni, both of which have received two Michelin stars. José is also the founder of World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. As a naturalized citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform. 

“José Andrés Media will embody the values people love in José: compassion, joy, global thinking, and of course, culinary excellence,” said Sam Bakhshandehpour, President of José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. “We are thrilled to launch our exciting new series on Discovery and we look forward to shedding light on delicious food and the fascinating figures who cook it.” 

Along with José Andrés, José Andrés Media will be led by President Sam Bakhshandehpour and Managing Director Richard Wolffe. Sam is President of ThinkFoodGroup - the company behind José Andrés’ group of restaurants. In his role, Sam has led the execution of company strategy globally, across the restaurant, brand, and media divisions. He is a veteran restaurateur and investor with an extensive track record in hospitality. Richard Wolffe is the co-writer of Andrés’ cookbooks and his two PBS series on regional cooking in Spain. Formerly at the Financial Times, Newsweek, and NBC News, Wolffe is also a columnist for The Guardian and the New York Times-bestselling author of three books about Barack Obama. While at NBC, Wolffe was the executive in charge of the design, build, and launch of MSNBC’s digital and streaming content platforms. 

“José Andrés is a one of a kind talent, world renowned and sought after for good reason, as there is no one more qualified to share food-related stories and characters centered on food culture,” said Courtney White, President Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. ”We are so excited to be working with José and his José Andrés Media team on bringing his creative vision to our global audience.”

Whether cooking at restaurants, writing in books, delivering powerful keynotes, teaching college courses, or entertaining audiences through social media, storytelling is at the heart of everything José Andrés does. José Andrés Media is the next evolution of this storytelling and the company will allow José and his team to reach and share their stories with wider audiences. José Andrés Media’s first project is a six-episode series set in Spain currently being developed with Discovery+. In addition to unscripted and scripted television series, José Andrés Media will produce books, podcasts, and digital short and mid-form content with a focus on food-related stories and characters and the culture of food. The company is in the process of hiring new producers and developing new projects. Additional information on the Discovery series, new projects, and new team members will be announced at a later date. 

Last modified on Monday, 04 October 2021 01:04