Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is partnering with Robert Montwaid, creator of New York’s Gansevoort Market, to curate Chattahoochee Food Works, a boutique food market opening later this year in the Makers Building at The Works, an 80-acre adaptive mixed-use development from Selig Enterprises on the Upper Westside.
A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Zimmern is 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. Zimmern, who has explored food culture in more than 170 countries, launched Passport Hospitality, which provides consulting services to various restaurant and retail projects, in 2015.
Zimmern and Montwaid previously collaborated on The Dayton’s Food Hall and Market in downtown Minneapolis. For Chattahoochee Food Works, Zimmern will act as a culinary advisor to Montwaid and apply his global experience and tastes to develop a unique and diverse talent mix for the project.
“Atlanta and the Southeast in general have a thriving culinary scene with some of the most notable restaurants and the most captivating food culture in the country. At Chattahoochee Food Works, we’re recruiting the region’s top chef talent and setting the stage for them to try new concepts or menu items,” said Zimmern. “The Works is a thrill for all of us at Passport. We want to make this a landmark and inclusive project for all because the food of the south is America’s food in every sense of the word.”
The 16,000-square-foot market will feature international fare, chef-driven events and entertainment, a test kitchen, an indoor/outdoor bar, outdoor seating, and artisanal market shops. The outdoor area will be connected to The Spur, a quarter mile linear park running through Phase One of the project.
Selig began acquiring the 80-acre, one million-square-foot industrial site more than 70 years ago. The Works has been master-planned for 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, 500,000 square feet of office space, 500 residences, 200 hotel rooms and 13 acres of greenspace. Phase one of the development spans 27 acres and includes 485,000 square feet of space, including 260,000 square feet of retail and 225,000 square feet of office. Phase 1 welcomed its first tenant, Ballard Designs, in July 2018.