Andrew Zimmern

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  • James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Anthropologist
  • Creator, Executive Producer and Host, Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods Franchise
  • Social Justice Advocate and Global Thought Leader


Andrew Zimmern is an Emmy winning and four-time James Beard Award winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate. In February 2020, Andrew returned to television with What's Eating America which premiered on MSNBC and in 2021, he will premiere Family Dinner on Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network. Both shows were created by Intuitive Concent, the full-service television and digital production company that Andrew heads as both founder and CEO.  As the creator, Executive Producer and Host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and Emmy Award winning The Zimmern List, he has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food. Andrew is also the founder and CEO of Passport Hospitality, a restaurant and food service development company. He is passionate about to his philanthropic endeavors and sits on the board of directors of Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer/EXPLR, and Soigne Hospitality.  He serves on City Harvest’s Food Council and is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition. Andrew is a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19. He resides in Minneapolis.

 

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Virtual Interactive Cooking Demos with Andrew Zimmern

World renown chef Andrew Zimmern knows how to engage your virtual audience and create magical events from his professional cooking studio. He can even share the recipes in advance so guests can have the thrill of cooking along with Andrew.  What separates Andrew, however, is all that he is doing out ...

World renown chef Andrew Zimmern knows how to engage your virtual audience and create magical events from his professional cooking studio. He can even share the recipes in advance so guests can have the thrill of cooking along with Andrew.  What separates Andrew, however, is all that he is doing outside of the kitchen to bolster the restaurant industry, and the insights he has gained as a passionate student of what food says about us as people, families and a country.  While he cooks, he chats about these insights and the many projects he is working on to bring us closer together - in meaningful ways- through food.

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 yo ...

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 surv ...

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 21st 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, and 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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<p>Virtual Programming: Incorporating a mental health component to your program is an important and timely addition. Combining it with star power draws a virtual crowd and keeps the discussion upbeat, with substantive storytelling to leave audiences feeling more connected, less alone, and hopeful</p>

Virtual Programming: Incorporating a mental health component to your program is an important and timely addition. Combining it with star power draws a virtual crowd and keeps the discussion upbeat, with substantive storytelling to leave audiences feeling more connected, less alone, and hopeful

More hosts are incorporating the topic of mental health into their programming, especially as Coronavirus has disrupted so many aspects of our lives at home, at work, and at play.  Programs vary from light-hearted, interactive wellness breaks to head-on discussions about struggle and recovery.  Combining the discussion with star power draws a virtual crowd and keeps the discussion upbeat, with substantive storytelling to leave audiences feeling more connected, less alone, and hopeful.  Despite their public personas, many of our celebrity speakers openly share their vulnerabilities as a source of strength for others

Wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL shares his experience with borderline personality disorder and mental health advocacy; fan favorite RICKI LAKE speaks about loss, including her husband’s suicide; MARIA SHRIVER discusses overcoming family traumas; celebrity chef and activist ANDREW ZIMMERN shares the ongoing wellbeing and mental health care he prioritizes as a survivor of drug addiction, alcoholism, and homelessness; #1 NYT bestselling author GLENNON DOYLE advocates for authentic living according to our own truths as the only path to wholeness; celebrity chef PADMA LAKSHMI shares her tips for mental health amid personal health struggles; former First Lady of Canada (and mom of the current President!) MARGARET TRUDEAU shares her struggle with bi-polar disorder; Emmy-winning talk show host TAMRON HALL discusses how her mental health was affected during her infertility struggles; megawatt superstar CHARLIZE THERON discusses her experiences with depression; power broker SCOOTER BRAUN and Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ recently shared in conversation about the importance of vulnerability; Army veteran, actor and survivor JR MARTINEZ speaks about healing physically, spiritually and mentally after his convoy was attacked in Iraq. Grief expert DAVID KESSLER literally wrote the book on processing loss, and speaks as both a grieving father of a lost child and a clinician.  For powerful programs that make a difference, contact HWA to discuss incorporating a mental health component to your event.

<p>Virtual Programming: Andrew Zimmern moves from entertainer to advocate and sounds off on America's food and restaurant crisis</p>

Virtual Programming: Andrew Zimmern moves from entertainer to advocate and sounds off on America's food and restaurant crisis

If you've caught any episodes of ANDREW ZIMMERN's new MSNBC show, What's Eating America, you know that the chef, producer, James Beard award winner, and longtime Bizarre Foods frontman has a lot on his mind. And a lot of what’s currently on his mind has  turned out to be central to public conversations about the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions. He is one of the founders of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19 by lobbying Congress for relief acts and raising funds to support struggling restaurateurs and their staffs. Zimmern also uses his platform to challenge people everywhere to take action in cultivating a food system that's sustainable and equitable, during and beyond this unprecedented time in global history. "It's no longer shameful in America that people don't have food. It's criminal," Zimmern says. "We can't have hungry people. There needs to be leadership at the federal level to make it the law of the land." As the Washington Post points out, Zimmern is moving from entertainer to advocate and is saving America one plate at a time.  He recently appeared on the The Big Know, a self-care podcast for Covid-19 to discuss Feeding Our Wellbeing and the impact of COVID-19 on food and restaurants throughout America. In support of his TV productions, Andrew runs a full production company and is virtual-ready at the highest level. From social conversations to light-hearted cooking demonstrations, a virtual program with Andrew will be beautifully produced.

 

<p>VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Legendary chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food</p>

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Legendary chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food

ANDREW ZIMMERN looks at food as an anthropologist: Experiencing food is sharing culture. It is the essential element of our human existence and impacts the way we gather, share, and connect as families and communities. That human element drives Andrew’s social activism, including co-founding the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19 by lobbying Congress for relief acts and raising funds to support struggling restaurateurs and their staffs. It is also the underlying premise of his food-based cultural shows: What’s Eating America on MSNBC and Family Dinner, which will air on the forthcoming Magnolia Network. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and Emmy-nominated The Zimmern List, Andrew’s lens is always about cultural understanding and acceptance. While Andrew is a four-time James Beard Award recipient and accomplished restaurateur, his shows are not about food; instead they are about what the food represents - the ideas we share and understanding we cultivate when we prepare it and gather around to enjoy it. He approaches the topic with sensitivity and humility, openly recalling the times he received help from strangers and community during his period of addiction and homelessness.

In support of his TV productions, Andrew runs a full production company and is virtual-ready at the highest level. From social conversations to light-hearted cooking demonstrations, a virtual program with Andrew will be beautifully produced.

<p>VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Live virtual cooking demos and industry insight with the Legendary Chef Andrew Zimmern</p>

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Live virtual cooking demos and industry insight with the Legendary Chef Andrew Zimmern

ANDREW ZIMMERN is the legendary chef, traveler, TV personality, and host of “What’s Eating America” on MSNBC. In this virtual fireside chat "Travel From Home," Zimmern shares his thoughts on how the stay-at-home orders motivated people to turn to cooking for comfort. Want a live virtual cooking demo at your next event? Zimmern is fully set-up to deliver. Want to challenge him to a live virtual cook-off? Game on!  
 
On
 MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Zimmern talks about food plants, factories, and farms becoming the next coronavirus hotspots. In Esquire, he writes how COVID-19 raised a mirror to the parts of our food systems that don’t work and in a recent interview with Beyond Normal podcast: Andrew Zimmern sounds off on America's food, restaurant crisis.

Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted virtual program or an in-depth discussion on the most interconnected global industry on the planet – the food industry – Zimmern is prepared to deliver.

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An Emmy winning and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, author, teacher, and social activist, Andrew Zimmern (andrewzimmern.com) is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. In February 2020, Andrew returned to television with What's Eating America, which premiered on MSNBC, and in 2021, he will premiere Family Dinner, on Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network. As the creator, Executive Producer and Host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and Emmy Award-winning The Zimmern List, Andrew has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food.

In 1997, Andrew founded the multi-media company Food Works, which oversees his digital, print and social initiatives, his website and publishing projects. In 2014, Andrew founded Intuitive Content, a full-service production company that develops and produces original television and broadcast specials. Intuitive Content works with a diverse group of networks including MSNBC, Magnolia, Travel Channel, Reelz, Discovery Science, Hulu, Animal Planet and Food Network, as well as companies such as 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. Their second series, The Zimmern List, won a gold Telly award, and the 2020 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program.  Andrew was also nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Host category. Other IC series include Big Food Truck Tip, Crash Test World and How to Survive a Murder.  The Family Dinner series on Discovery’s Magnolia Network will follow Andrew as he discovers how the cultural, regional, and historical facets of who we are inform what and how we eat. 

In 2015, Andrew 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 in Target Field and US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Andrew 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 also partnered with Gansevoort Construction’s Robert Montwaid to develop experiential food halls in the Dayton’s building in downtown Minneapolis and in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Food Works. 

Andrew has written four books—The Bizarre Truth, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food and Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild & Wonderful Food, and Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir, his latest offering, a grade level reader series which won the Gold IPPY in Juvenile Fiction. Andrew sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer, and Soigne Hospitality. He serves on City Harvest’s Food Council and is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition. He is a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19.  He resides in Minneapolis.