2018 Talent

Andrew Zimmern

Chef and TV Personality

A three time James Beard Award winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is universally regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel (including Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World, Bizarre Foods America and the new Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations), Andrew has explored cultures in more than 150 countries.

Motivated by his experiences over the years, Andrew has built a multi-faceted empire that shines the spotlight on impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. He is the founder of two multimedia production companies – Food Works and Intuitive Content. Food Works oversees all his projects to date including the award winning weekly podcast Go Fork Yourself with Andrew Zimmern and Molly Mogren. The newest venture, Intuitive Content, was established in early 2015 and will create long format content for cable and network broadcast.

Expanding his global “food ‐ print” in the consumer market, Andrew partnered in 2014 with CHEFS Catalog to design a collection of premium, handcrafted cookware, spices and accessories. Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, a fast casual concept he launched in 2012, reflects his fascination with food history from around the world. The business has since expanded to include a food truck and locations at various sports complexes, including Minnesota’s Target Field and Viking Stadium, and Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Andrew has released three books ‐ The Bizarre Truth, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food and Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods.

In addition to his title as contributing editor, Food & Wine also tapped Andrew as a Chef ‐ in ‐ Residence in 2014, and he continues to work with Delta Sky Magazine as a senior editor. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson College’s Lewis Institute, sits on the board of directors for Services for the Underserved in New York City, The Taste of the NFL, Foodie Tout, and The National Youth Recovery Foundation, and is an honorary board member and Advisor to the Alliance for Coffee Excellence. In his rare downtime, he relaxes at home in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, son and two uneaten pets.