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Iazamir "Zamir" Gotta (Russian: Язамир Готта) is a Russian producer and broadcaster. He is best known as the travelling 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 Pedagogical University (majoring in English). He worked as an instructor for military interpreters until the 1990s. During the Ukraine show, first aired in August, 2011, Gotta revealed that his heritage is a mix of Turkic (Tatar) 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 City. 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: A Cook's Tour
Zamir first appeared in Bourdain's show, A Cook's Tour in two episodes:
- The Cook Who Came In From the Cold
- So Much Vodka, So Little Time
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Gotta continued to work with Bourdain in his second series, No Reservations.
- 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
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Gotta re-joined Bourdain in episodes of his new series, Parts Unknown.
- Season 3, Episode 5: "Russia"
- Season 7, Episode 5: "Tbilisi, Georgia"
- "Zamir Gotta screens two documentaries in Stamford". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
- "Zamir Gotta Moves to Buffalo – Schedules Vodka Release – Considers Russian Spy Bar". Buffalo Rising. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
- "Schuhmacher: Vodka etiquette by Zamir Gotta". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
- "Eat and drink with Anthony Bourdain's Russian friend". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
- "Zamir Gotta is spreading peace through vodka". FOX2now.com. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
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