Zimmern at Punch Neapolitan Pizza
Andrew Scott Zimmern
July 4, 1961
New York City, U.S.
|Residence||Edina, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Occupation||Culinary expert, chef, restaurateur, television host, TV and radio personality, food critic, director, producer, columnist|
|Spouse(s)||Rishia Haas (m. 2002–2018; separated but not yet divorced)|
Andrew Scott Zimmern (born July 4, 1961) is an American culinary expert, chef, restaurateur, television personality, radio personality, director, producer, entrepreneur, food critic, journalist, teacher, and author. Considered one of the most influential celebrity chefs in the world, Zimmern is known for being the co-creator, host, and consulting producer of the Travel Channel television series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, Dining with Death, The Zimmern List, Andrew Zimmern's Driven by Food, and Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, as well as the Food Network series The Big Food Truck Tip. For his work on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, he was presented the James Beard Foundation Award four times; in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2017. Zimmern also hosts a cooking webseries on YouTube titled Andrew Zimmern Cooks.
Early and personal life
Zimmern was born and raised in New York City, in a Jewish family. He began his formal culinary training at the age of 14. He attended the Dalton School and graduated from Vassar College. Contributing to many of New York's finest restaurants as either executive chef or general manager, he has also lectured on restaurant management and design at The New School for Social Research.
Owing to severe drug and alcohol addiction, Zimmern was homeless for about one year. During this period, he survived by stealing purses from cafes and selling the contents. In 1992, Zimmern moved to Minnesota, where he checked into the Hazelden Treatment Center for drug and alcohol addiction treatment, where he now volunteers. He later gained wide acclaim during his four-and-a-half-year tenure as executive chef of Café Un Deux Trois in Minneapolis's Foshay Tower. His menus received the highest ratings from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and Mpls. St.Paul Magazine, as well as national publications. Zimmern left daily restaurant operations in 1997.
Writing and food events
Zimmern is a contributing editor and award-winning monthly columnist at Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and a senior editor at Delta Sky Magazine. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. Zimmern has served as SuperTarget's meal adventure guide, sharing his passion for ethnic foods with supermarket customers around the country. He is the international spokesman for Travel Leaders and Elite Destination Homes.
Prior to Bizarre Foods, Zimmern had an extensive radio career. His shows Chowhounds, The Andrew Zimmern Show, and Food Court With Andrew Zimmern achieved wide popularity in the Twin Cities.
Zimmern was the food features reporter for Fox 9 News Minneapolis and was also a featured contributor on both HGTV's Rebecca's Garden and Tip-ical Mary Ellen, where he handled on-air food duties for both shows. He was the food and lifestyle features reporter during the 1997 season of the UPN network's nationally televised Everyday Living.
Zimmern has been a guest chef at many national charity events, food festivals, and galas, including Food and Wine Magazine's Aspen Festival, the Twin Cities Food and Wine Experience, and the James Beard House in New York City. He has appeared frequently on the Food Network's Best Of..., CNN's Money and Health, and NBC's Today Show. He also starred in the Cooking Club of America's instructional video series.
Zimmern regularly speaks to professional associations around the globe on all culinary matters, from the American Federation of Chefs to the Chinese Chefs National Committee. In the fall of 2002, he was an honored guest of the People's Republic of China, traveling, lecturing, and giving demonstrations on Chinese cuisine.
Zimmern's book The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked out the Door Mouth First ... and Came Back Shaking My Head was published by Broadway Books in 2009. It is a collection of his food and travel stories from around the world. He is also the author of Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods, released by Feiwel & Friends on October 30, 2012.
Zimmern also lends his name to a stand named Andrew Zimmern's Canteen at Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern premiered on the Travel Channel with a pilot episode on November 1, 2006. The series consisted of 15 seasons and over 100 episodes, with Zimmern visiting 32 countries and 14 U.S. states. Bizarre Foods took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for Best Television Program: Food, another for Best Online Extras for Andrew's web series Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen.
In 2009, Zimmern hosted a spinoff of Bizarre Foods called Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World. A pilot and nine episodes were produced in eight countries and two states.
Zimmern guest-starred in a 2007 episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain in New York City; Bourdain did the same on Bizarre Foods. Zimmern also appeared in a 2009 episode of Man v. Food with Adam Richman in Minneapolis where he introduced Richman to lutefisk.
Zimmern is also on Driven by Food.
The current season (2016–17) is being recorded without Zimmern on location; his narration is added later.
Awards and recognition
His online series, Toyota's Appetite for Life, won an Effie Award in 2010.
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- Andrew Zimmern's personal website
- Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern website
- Appetite for Life with Andrew Zimmern website
- Andrew's blog, Chow & Again
- "If it looks good, eat it!": interview with Andrew Zimmern
- Going Where the Fringe Isn’t Extreme by Mike Hale, The New York Times
- Travel Channel 2011 interview