Andrew Gruel, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, is currently the CEO and Founder of Slapfish Restaurant Group, the award-winning food truck turned international brick and mortar, based out of Huntington Beach, CA.
Andrew has appeared on multiple television series including his most recent role as a judge on the show “Food Truck Face Off.” He has made appearances on the TODAY show, PBS, Cooking Channel, as well as featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Food & Wine Magazine, Entrepreneur and Restaurant Business. In 2013, he was named top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs in Orange County.
Gruel’s love of the ocean drove him to direct a non-profit project at The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA called “Seafood for the Future.” In this role, he worked with hundreds of chefs, fisherman and like-minded organizations, establishing a national culinary awareness for the sustainable seafood movement.
Andrew is admittedly addicted to the fast pace of the restaurant world and translates that into his business approach to being very hands-on whenever possible.