Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher, culinary explorer, social justice advocate, and is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. He is the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations and The Zimmern List. In Bizarre Foods, Zimmern is on a global quest to explore and explain cultures using unique foods as a lens to view our world. It's all about discovering and sharing the authentic experience. In “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” Zimmern continues his search – taking viewers on an international journey to iconic cities for a taste of their quintessential, not-to-be missed dishes. In his newest series, The Zimmern List, premiering in 2018, Zimmern recounts personal food memories and culinary history, taking viewers on a personal tour of what makes that particular city so irresistible and intriguing to him.
In 2017, Zimmern was awarded his fourth James Beard Award for "Outstanding Personality/Host." He received his first award in 2010 for "Television Food Personality"; his second in 2012 for "Television Program on Location"; and his third in 2013 for "Outstanding Personality/Host." Bizarre Foods also took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for "Best Television Program: Food," and another for "Best Online Extras" for his Travel Channel web series, Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen.
Moreover, Zimmern was named one of the “30 Most Influential People in Food” by Adweek, one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and one of “America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food” by The Daily Meal in 2016.
In addition to Zimmern’s accolades, he is a contributing editor at Food & Wine Magazine, an award-winning monthly columnist, and a senior editor at Delta Sky Magazine. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. He is the author of three books; founder of the multi-media content production company, Food Works; and runs his own production company, Intuitive Content. In 2015, he launched Passport Hospitality, a restaurant concept and design company. Their first project is the AZ Canteen brand that serves food in three sports stadiums around the country.
He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minn. with his wife and son.