Hamed Ahmadi (born in Bamyan, Afghanistan in 1981), founded Orient Experience and Africa Experience, three enterprises based on the culinary travel experience of migrants from the Middle East and Africa. After spending his childhood and adolescence in Iran, Hamed returned to Afghanistan. He developed a passion for cinema, which brought him to Italy for the first time in 2006 , invited to the Venice Film Festival. Many extremist in Afghanistan did not approve the film, and banned Hamed to return to his homeland, forcing him to seek political asylum in Italy. Over the years he met young refugees who, unlike him, had to go through a strenuous and dangerous journey to reach Italy. Their experience – joined a common interest for food and cuisine – let them create a journey menu, made up of their childhood meals, contaminated with recipes of the countries they crossed during their migratory paths. In 2012 Hamed bought a deli in the centre of Venice, which became Orient Experience. Thanks to the success of this first initiative, he opened the second restaurant and then a third, the least one with a new menu, inspired by the journey of African migrants and now is looking to create a nationwide chain of restaurants.