Conversations at Copia

Hosted by Andrew Zimmern

Conversations at Copia is a live-talk series that brings together pioneers within the world of food to share their stories of positive change. You’re invited to be part of the conversation.

The Culinary Institute of America has partnered with James Beard award-winning TV personality and Chef, Andrew Zimmern, to discuss the influence food has on our life and culture. Joined by inspirational leaders in the food and beverage industry, the panels will focus on a different topic at each event and explore its significance in today’s culture.

Each event begins with an intimate meet-and-mingle reception where you can engage personally with Andrew Zimmern and his all-star panel of guests. The reception will be followed by a lively discussion where audience members are encouraged to come with their own questions related to the topic. Afterward, you’re invited to continue the conversation during our Andrew Zimmern Second Chances Scholarship after party! Join the panelists and fellow audience members for a post-conversation reception featuring wine-and-bites inspired by the panelists, personalized book signings, raffle, and silent auction in our state-of-the-art Hestan Kitchen.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the conversation and take part in a movement transforming the culinary industry and our communities.

What They Are Saying

“The dialogues at CIA are vital for growing our industry and for surpassing the boundaries that we’ve created around food.”—Andrew Zimmern
“This is a great place for us to have the deeper conversation about those cuisines and how to understand them, respect them, learn from them.”—Rick Bayless
“It begs the question for us to talk about who gains access to opportunities and who is constantly left out of the conversations and who gets to benefit from cooking who’s food.”—Emiliana Puyana ’02
“It’s really important that we have diverse folks, telling diverse stories, and passing those on and also having the cultural literacy that comes with being a chef with a vision.”—Michael Twitty

Past Conversations

Culture and Cuisine

Saturday, September 7, 2019
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Food for Good

Saturday, October 26, 2019
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Setting the Equity Table

Saturday, December 7, 2019
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Andrew Zimmern
About Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, The Zimmern List, and Food Network’s Big Food Truck Tip, he has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. He has written four books, is a contributor at Food & Wine Magazine and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Babson College. Andrew is the founder and CEO of both Intuitive Content, a full-service television and digital production company, and Passport Hospitality, a restaurant and foodservice development company. He is devoted to his charitable endeavors and sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed, Soigne Hospitality, and Taste of the NFL. His life’s work is exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance, and understanding through food. More at



The Andrew Zimmern Second Chances Scholarship at the CIA

The Andrew Zimmern Second Chances Scholarship at the CIA was created to support students overcoming hardships on their path to a CIA degree and a successful culinary career. The fund hopes to increase college access for motivated students working through obstacles that would otherwise hinder their desire of pursuing an education in the culinary arts.

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