[UPDATE] Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons and More Are Coming to Babson Food Day

The Bizarre Foods host and Top Chef judge—both Babson College 'entrepreneurs in residence'—will lead an all-star chef discussion on food culture on October 25.

Food TV Stars Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern at Babson Food Day 2015

Food TV Stars Gail Simmons and Andrew Zimmern at Babson Food Day 2015. / Photo by Dan Watkins provided by Babson College

Did you catch Anthony Bourdain in town on Friday night? To kick of the Hunger Tour, the Parts Unknown host took over Symphony Hall on Friday night with a rollicking, rowdy monologue touching on food politics, memorable bites, and some of his favorite contemporaries, Eater reported.

While Bourdain has already said goodbye to New England, Boston has an upcoming chance to hear from the chef he called a “hero” during Friday night’s presentation. Andrew Zimmern is headed to Babson College later this month for another installment of Babson Food Day.

As entrepreneurs in residence at Wellesley’s action-oriented business school, Zimmern and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons are cohosting the full lineup of events sponsored by Babson’s Lewis Institute and Food Sol, a so-called “action tank” focused on food innovation. The two-day symposium features four seminars on Wednesday, October 26, including a conversation on higher education in food, with guests from the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic, and the Target/IDEO/MIT Media Lab joint effort, the Food & Future coLAB.

To kick off the sixth annual symposium on Tuesday evening, October 25, Zimmern and Simmons will lead a roundtable discussion with a who’s who of Boston chefs. Jody Adams (Trade, Saloniki, Porto), Skip Bennett (Island Creek Oysters, Row 34), Nancy and Tim Cushman (O Ya, Hojoko), Mary Dumont (the forthcoming Cultivar, formerly of Harvest), Matthew Gaudet (SuperFine Food), Matt Jennings (Townsman), Tony Maws (Craigie on Main, Kirkland Tap & Trotter), and Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow, Waypoint) round out the panel examining today’s food culture.

All Babson Food Day events are free and open to the public (lunch costs $10), and the conference has a come-when-you-can, leave-when-you-need-to policy. Check out the full schedule at babson.edu.

UPDATE, Tuesday, October 11, 10 a.m.: A previous version of this story highlighted Kristen Kish’s attendance at this year’s Babson Food Day, but the Top Chef and 36 Hours star has unfortunately had to cancel her appearance because of a scheduling conflict, a representative of Babson College said this morning. The story has been updated to reflect this change.