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Iazamir "Zamir" Gotta (Russian: Язамир Готта) is a Russian producer and broadcaster. He is best known as the traveling companion of American chef Anthony Bourdain in his Travel Channel TV show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, when they traveled to Uzbekistan, Russia and Romania and later in the U.S. Rust Belt, Ukraine, and Kansas City. They originally met during a two-part episode in Saint Petersburg, Russia for Bourdain's earlier series, A Cook's Tour which aired on the Food Network in 2000.
Gotta received his education from the Moscow State Linguistic University (majoring in English). He worked as a military interpreter until the 1990s. During the Ukraine show, first aired in August, 2011, Gotta revealed that his heritage is a mix of Turkic (Tartar) and Jewish from the Crimea.
Gotta started as a freelance film producer, working on American film productions in Russia. Since 2006 he has been a consultant at the Trident Media Group in New York. He was associate producer for the episode of the American documentary television series Cities of the Underworld titled "Stalin's Secret Lair," which first aired on the History Channel in 2008. He was also an associate producer for the Nova TV series documentary titled "Astrospies" (2008).
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Zamir Gotta has worked with Anthony Bourdain in the making of seven shows, acting in the first two episodes as a local expert, the third as a go-between, and three episodes in the U.S. as a guest diner.
- Uzbekistan: first aired, Travel Channel, October 24, 2005
- Russia: first aired, Travel Channel, January 29, 2007
- Romania: first aired, Travel Channel, February 25, 2008
- Rust Belt (Baltimore, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan; Buffalo, New York): first aired, Travel Channel, July 27, 2009
- Ukraine: first aired, Travel Channel, August 15, 2011
- Kansas City: first aired, Travel Channel, April 16, 2012
- Brooklyn, NY: first aired, Travel Channel, November 5th, 2012
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