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Andrew Zimmern          

Four-Time James Beard Award-Winning TV Personality, Chef, Writer & Teacher

A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. In 2020, Zimmern returned to television with two new programs, "What's Eating America" on MSNBC and a series airing in October on a Discovery lifestyle channel. As the creator, executive producer, and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, "Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food" and "The Zimmern List," he has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance, and understanding through food.

Zimmern has built a multi-faceted empire that promotes impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. In 1997, he founded the multi-media company Food Works, which oversees his digital, print and social initiatives, including podcasting and publishing projects. In 2014, he introduced Intuitive Content, a full-service production company that develops and produces dynamic original television and broadcast specials. Intuitive Content works with a diverse group of networks, including MSNBC, Magnolia, Travel Channel, Reelz, Discovery Science and Food Network, as well as companies like Whirlpool, Marriott, Caribou Coffee, and AquaChile to create brand-driven series and digital content. Intuitive Content’s first series, "Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food," premiered on Travel Channel in August 2016. Other IC series include "The Zimmern List," which won a silver Telly award in 2019, "Big Food Truck Tip," "Crash Test World," and "How to Survive a Murder".

In 2015, Zimmern launched Passport Hospitality, which creates unique culinary concepts and provides consulting services to various restaurant and retail projects. Passport oversees several brands including the quick service concept Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen. Zimmern has collaborated with Minneapolis chef Gavin Kaysen to create KZ ProVisioning, a catering company for professional sports franchises, including the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and the NBA’s Timberwolves. He has partnered with Gansevoort Construction’s Robert Montwaid to develop experiential markets and food halls in the Dayton’s building in downtown Minneapolis and in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Food Works.

Zimmern has written four books, including "The Bizarre Truth," "Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food," and "Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods". His latest offering, a grade level reader series called "Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir," was released in February 2019 and won the Gold IPPY in Juvenile Fiction. Zimmern sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer, Taste of the NFL and Soigne Hospitality, and is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition. He resides in Minneapolis.

Speech Topics

FOOD : A Global Perspective on the State of our Food Life

Andrew Zimmern takes you with him for a whirlwind tour of his world travels, informing and entertaining as he connects the audience to both his "boots on the ground" experience and his philosophies of both food and life. His amazing stories cover everything from the great global food scene to how you really can change the planet one meal at a time, as he's experienced firsthand breaking bread (or other things!) with people from Syria and China to Cuba and the Kalahari desert. Inspiring, enlightening and always entertaining, Zimmern shows that the world is truly getting smaller, and that the best place to learn about it and other cultures, is at the dinner table, not in a museum.

The Adventure of Recovery

Stay far away from what William James called the evil of "contempt prior to investigation." Andrew Zimmern has used this motto as a bedrock of both his personal and professional life.

While most people know him as the host of his own wildly popular TV show, they might not know that he is also a survivor of drug addiction, alcoholism and homelessness. Now in his 20th year of sobriety, his inspiring and funny story is a prescription for hope that can be applied to anyone regardless of their life situation.

Zimmern grew up on the upper east side of NYC, was a daily drug user from the age of 15 and lay dying in a hospital bed at age 21 of acute alcohol poisoning. He continued to abuse drugs and booze for another 10 years before going homeless and off the grid in 1990. Drinking himself to death in a flop house hotel in January of 1992 he had a life-changing experience that saw him check into rehab, sober up and stay clean. Devoting himself to helping others, his life changed, his show Bizarre Foods is a direct result of his channeling that life choice, telling his stories through food and travel adventures.

Zimmern combines his personal and professional stories in an audio and video presentation detailing his fall and rise, his experiences in recovery and how those lessons have informed his life as a husband, adoptive father and activist for the social issues he holds dearest.

Zimmern believes that the best way to change the world is to share a meal with a stranger and his family, telling stories from the fringe as you seek to learn about the world and yourself in the global classroom of the traveler's universe.

His funny and inspiring message spans both the personal and the professional, and he gladly exemplifies the necessity for a public face to be put on the private hell of addiction.


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