Co-Founder, Barteca Restaurant Group
Andy Pforzheimer is the co-founder and former CEO of Barteca Restaurant Group and its two concepts, Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant and bartaco.
A restaurant professional for 38 years, Pforzheimer became interested in the industry as a teenager and began his career washing dishes and microwaving fast-food Mexican. He took it up a notch two years into college, taking time off from attending Harvard University to live in France, serving a classic two-year apprenticeship in Burgundy. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked in kitchens across America under numerous notable chefs throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Jeremiah Tower at Stars (San Francisco, CA); Anne Rosenzweig at both Arcadia and the “21” Club (New York, NY); and Patrick Healy at Colette (Los Angeles, CA). He eventually moved to Connecticut, where he was the original food editor for “Martha Stewart Living” magazine.