When I was younger, I fell in love with the Travel Channel and Food Network. I was always excited to watch the latest episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives featuring Guy Fieri; but I was especially excited to watch Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. It made me want to eat everything and travel everywhere! I wanted to be him! (I still want to do what he does for a living!)
Andrew Zimmern is “regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world“. Zimmern has experienced various cultures in more than 170 countries! You may have seen him on one of his many shows on the Travel Channel as executive producer and host: Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, The Zimmern List, and on Food Network’s Big Food Truck Tip.
His journey to becoming the successful chef, writer, and teacher that he is today came after his addiction to drugs and alcohol. On Larry King Now, he discusses how his battle with addiction challenged him in many ways. Ultimately, Zimmern’s friends held an intervention and guided him on a much healthier path towards sobriety.
In an effort to start a new, he started washing dishes at New York’s Café Un Deux Trois in 1992. When a line cook didn’t show up for his shift, Zimmern took over and it was then that he found his love for all things food. After that same shift, he became the executive chef in seven weeks time.
Besides TV, Zimmern founded Food Works, a multi-media content production company that oversees production and distribution of all of his media appearances and collaborations. He also has his own cooking series, AZ Cooks, where he shares recipes and techniques from what he learned on his travels. Zimmern has even published a book for young adults: Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, Wonderful Foods; An Intrepid Eater’s Digest (Feiwel & Friends, 2012).
I could go on and on about Andrew Zimmern, but I’ll let a list of his awards speak for himself. Here are a few:
- nominated for 12 James Beard Awards
- “TV Food Personality” (2010)
- “Outstanding Personality/Host (2013 and 2017)
- “America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food”
- “30 Most Influential People in Food”.
If you ever want to travel for eats, then Andrew Zimmern would be one of the best people to follow! On all of his shows and website, he takes you around the world on “his quest to find the most interesting dishes in the world”. He focuses not only on the food and how to prepare and eat it; but also on the culture of where it’s coming from. While his content is directed on food, he makes sure to concentrate on the culture that he’s experiencing. It’s not only a learning experience for the audience; but for himself as well. This helps gives travelers an idea of what to expect when they go on their “quests”.
Below is a video of an interview with Andrew Zimmern about his show, Bizarre Foods. The following is the video’s description: “Andrew Zimmern visits to discuss “Bizarre Foods.” The show follows Zimmern as he crisscrosses the globe bringing viewers a look at the most interesting delicacies. What was the most peculiar thing he ate this season? Tune in to hear what Zimmern has to say. Interview at 692 Broadway in NYC for BUILD Series. “
This second video is a highlight from his show Bizarre Foods. This particular episode takes place in Amsterdam. The description of the video is as follows: “Andrew Zimmern travels to Amsterdam for unique reinventions of traditional Dutch recipes. From invasive goose krokets and insect-filled nuggets to smoked local eel and hollow pig head, Zimmern tastes the city’s nonconformity in every bite. “
Find out more about Andrew Zimmern and his passion for food on his website!