Immigration and Hospitality: Culture Collision and Crisis:

Panel Curated by Andrew Zimmern

Date + Time
Friday, October 12
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Important Info
Casual Attire, 21 Years of Age and Older


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The subject of immigration is at the forefront of Americas civic conversation – and the hospitality industry, with legal immigrants comprising more than 20 percent of workers in food service, more than 30 percent of hotel staff, and between 46 and 70 % of farm workers, is keeping a close eye on how policy updates continue to unfold. Adding in undocumented workers spikes those numbers even higher. This expert panel, curated by James Beard Award-winning television personality, chef, writer and teacher Andrew Zimmern, will explore the current state of evolving affairs during an in-depth discussion touching on not only the policies themselves, but more specifically what it means for the hospitality industry – reliant on both documented and undocumented workers – going forward. Lead by the exceedingly knowledgeable, witty and outspoken Nicaraguan-born American Republican strategist and political commentator Ana Navarro, panelists include Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised restaurateur and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson, Peter Kim the executive director of The Museum of Food and Drink, International Rescue Committee’s NY/NJ executive director Avigail Ziv, and global explorer, creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise Andrew Zimmern. This group will have an unfiltered conversation about what America’s current path means for the hospitality and food industry’s future.

Ana Navarro

Peter Kim
Marcus Samuelsson
Avigail Ziv
Andrew Zimmern