José Andrés Is Starting His Own Production Company

José Andrés Media is developing a show for Discovery+ and on looking to tell stories "as creative, fun, inspiring and authentic as our restaurants."

José Andrés
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The term "celebrity chef" doesn't quite do José Andrés justice. Yes, television helped the Spanish-born chef rise to prominence, but over the past decade, Andrés has become better known for his humanitarian efforts, and, specifically, World Central Kitchen which has developed such a wide-ranging network that the organization has an uncanny ability to help provide meals to those in need anywhere in the world almost as soon as disaster strikes.

Still, Chef Andrés has never shied from the public spotlight, and now, he's launching another new venture to help put his team in the driver's seat for developing new televisions shows and other projects: José Andrés Media.

"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," the chef said. "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."

Fitting that billing, José Andrés Media has already announced its first project: a still-untitled, six-episode series being developed for Discovery+ in association with the documentary television production company Nutopia which will be set in Spain.

From there, the company — which will be led by Sam Bakhshandehpour, who also serves as president of Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup restaurant group, and Richard Wolffe, who co-wrote Andrés' cookbooks and PBS series — promises to 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."

"José Andrés Media will embody the values people love in José: compassion, joy, global thinking, and of course, culinary excellence," Bakhshandehpour stated. "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."

Beyond the forthcoming show in Spain, José Andrés Media also says they are currently "in the process of hiring new producers and developing new projects." So, you know, maybe mention it to your agent.

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