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TV personality, chef and food writer Andrew Zimmern has become entrepreneur-in-residence at Babson, the Massachusetts-based business school that prides itself on developing entrepreneurs.

Mr Zimmern will kick off his residence on February 6 with a special event in which he will share observations from his work unearthing bizarre food cultures, as well as showcasing food innovators from around the globe.

Len Schlesinger, president of Babson, describes Mr Zimmern as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable people in the world of food. “A great storyteller, Zimmern motivates and activates people by recounting the stories of food entrepreneurs he has encountered in dramatically diverse communities all over the world. He highlights out-of-the-ordinary cuisine from traditional recipes passed down through generations as well as modern dishes resulting from innovation. At the same time, he underscores how ordinary people are taking actions to solve food-related problems.”

Executives-in-residence are increasingly common in business schools, while some schools now also appoint artists-in-residence and even poets-in residence.


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