2017 Talent

Andrew Zimmern

Chef and TV Personality

Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher and is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World, and his new series, Bizarre Foods America, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir. From world class restaurants to street carts and jungle markets, it’s all about discovering and sharing the authentic experience as a way to interpret the way we live our lives so we can make better choices for our future.

In May 2012, Zimmern won the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Television Program On Location.” He previously won a Beard Award for “Best TV Food Personality” in 2010. His MSN.com web-series, Toyota’s Appetite for Life, received an Effie in 2010. Bizarre Foods also took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for “Best Television Program: Food,” another for “Best Online Extras” for Andrew’s Travel Channel web-series, Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen.

Zimmern is a contributing editor at Food & Wine magazine, an award-winning monthly columnist at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and a senior editor at Delta’s Sky magazine. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. Andrew is the author of The Bizarre Truth, and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food published by Broadway Books/Random House. Feiwel & Friends published Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods: An Intrepid Eater’s Digest in the fall of 2012.

Andrew has served as a corporate and product spokesperson for Target, Cascal, Pepto Bismol, Toyota, General Mills, Proctor & Gamble, and Travel Leaders. Recently, Zimmern joined Babson College as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Lewis School through the spring of 2013. He is also a board member of Services for the Underserved in New York City.

He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife Rishia, son Noah and several un-eaten pets.