27 Facts About Andrew Zimmern


Andrew Scott Zimmern was born on July 4,1961 and is an American chef, restaurateur, television and radio personality, director, producer, businessman, food critic, and author.


Andrew Zimmern's show, What's Eating America, premiered on MSNBC in 2020.


In November 2018, Zimmern opened a Chinese restaurant, Lucky Cricket, in St Louis Park, Minnesota.


Andrew Zimmern was born in 1961 to Robert and Caren Andrew Zimmern and raised in New York City in a Jewish family.


Zimmern's mother was college roommates with the founder of Trader Vic's restaurant chain, where Andrew said he would frequent in high school.


Andrew Zimmern began his formal culinary training at the age of 14.


Andrew Zimmern attended the Dalton School and graduated from Vassar College.


Andrew Zimmern worked at several fine dining restaurants in New York as either executive chef or general manager.


Andrew Zimmern has lectured on restaurant management and design at The New School for Social Research.


In 1992, Andrew Zimmern moved to Minnesota, where he checked into the Hazelden Treatment Center for drug and alcohol addiction treatment, where he now volunteers.


Andrew Zimmern later gained wide acclaim during his four-and-a-half-year tenure as executive chef of Cafe Un Deux Trois in Minneapolis's Foshay Tower.


Andrew Zimmern's menus received the highest ratings from the St Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and Mpls.


Andrew Zimmern describes himself as a "progressive Democrat" and is friends with former US Senator and comedian Al Franken.


Andrew Zimmern is a contributing editor and award-winning monthly columnist at Mpls.


Andrew Zimmern has served as SuperTarget's meal adventure guide, sharing his passion for ethnic foods with supermarket customers around the country.


Andrew Zimmern is the international spokesman for Travel Leaders and Elite Destination Homes.


Andrew Zimmern was the food features reporter for Fox TV station KMSP-TV and was 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.


Andrew Zimmern was the food and lifestyle features reporter during the 1997 season of the UPN network's nationally televised Everyday Living.


Andrew Zimmern has been a guest chef at many national charity events, food festivals, and galas, including Food and Wine Magazines Aspen Festival, the Twin Cities Food and Wine Experience, and the James Beard House in New York City.


Andrew Zimmern starred in the Cooking Club of America's instructional video series.


Andrew 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.


Andrew Zimmern's latest book is a grade level reader series called Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir and was released in February 2019.


Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern premiered on the Travel Channel with a pilot episode on November 1,2006.


The series has aired over 140 episodes, with Andrew Zimmern visiting dozens of countries and states.


Andrew Zimmern guest-starred in a 2007 episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain in New York City; Bourdain did the same on Bizarre Foods.


In May 2010, Andrew Zimmern won the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality.


Andrew Zimmern won another James Beard Award in 2012, a third in 2013, and a fourth in 2017.