Andrew Zimmern

Chef Andrew Zimmern tasting a dish at Jim

Andrew Zimmern




Quick Facts About Andrew Zimmern

Name Andrew Scott Zimmern
Birth Name Andrew Scott Zimmern
Celebrated Name Andrew Zimmern
Date of Birth June 04, 1961
Age 55 Years Old
Profession Producer
Gender Male
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Religion Jewish
Marital Status Married
Hair Color
Eyes Color Hazel
Place Of Birth New York City, New York, U.S.
Wife Rishia Haas
Best Known For TV personality, Chef, Host, Consulting Producer
Hair Style Bald
Bearded Style French
Chin Type Normal
University Vassar College
High School Dalton School
Working For Travel Channel

'Bizarre Foods' innovator on Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern, Source :

Three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, writer, chef, lecturer, and restaurateur, Andrew Zimmern is globally considered as one of the most versatile names in the food industry. 

As the host, creator and executive producer of Bizarre Food franchise on Travel Channel, Andrew has traveled & explored the food & cultures in more than 150 countries. From jellyfish to ants to poisonous ants or snake, this man eats it all and promotes impactful ways to create and live with food.

The 5 ft. 11 inch tall dashing personality is well-recognized as co-executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s hit series including Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Food America with Andrew Zimmern. He travels the globe exploring food from the high-class restaurants to jungle markets and street carts and says, it’s all about collecting and sharing experiences.

In his shows, he explores unusual foods and cultures of America and throughout the world. And he has been seen mostly exploring something strange and interesting from across the globe in his food shows

Moreover, he is contributing an editor and writer for much popular magazines like Food & Wine Magazine, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine and several national & international publications.

From a homeless, drug addict teenager to a acclaimed celebrity chef, writer and TV personality, Andrew Zimmern's biography is really an inspirational story. Now, he is living happily with wife and son in Edina, Minnesota.

Andrew Zimmern's journey of struggle: From a drug addict teenager to acclaimed chef

Andrew Zimmern at New York City Wine & Food Festival, Source :

Andrew Zimmern was born and brought up in a Jewish family in New York City. Born to the parents Robert Zimmern and Caren Zimmern on July 4, 1961, he has already celebrated his 55th birthday. He was sent to Dalton School and later went to Vassar College to complete graduation. Most probably, driven by a desire to pursue a career in culinary arts, he started taking formal cooking training at 14. 

By now, contributing to numerous finest restaurants of his native town as either general manager or executive chef, he has also taught about design and restaurant management at The New School for Social Research.

Many won’t believe this innovative man was once a drug addict. It was sometime in his late teens, he had become homeless for a year owing to serve alcohol and drug addiction. Being a homeless lead a person to do anything to survive. Similarly, he sustained his living by stealing purses from cafes and buying his major requirements.

Later, moving to Minnesota in 1992, he helped himself entering Hazelden Treatment Center alcohol and drug addiction treatment (where he volunteers at present). Afterward, he earned wide acclaim working as a chief executive chef for over four years at Minneapolis Foshay Tower-based Café Un Deux.  While there, his menus earned highest ratings from St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Monthly, Minneapolis Star Turbine, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and several other national publications. He left there in 1997. 

At present, he is recognized as an award-winning monthly columnist and contributing editor at Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and also a senior editor at Delta Sky Magazine. His wok appeared in numbers of national & international publications as a freelancer journalist. 

Moreover, at SuperTarget, he has contributed as meal adventure guide by sharing his passion for ethnic foods with the customers from around the country. Zimmern is also an international spokesperson for Elite Destination Homes & Travel Leaders. 

Prior to making his way to television, he garnered high applause in Twin Cities through several cooking related radio shows like Chowhounds, Food Court with Andrew Zimmern and The Andrew Zimmern Show.  He was food features reporter for Fox 9 News Minneapolis and was also a contributor on HGTV’s Tip-local Mary Ellen and Rebecca’s Garden

For now, as an acclaimed food writer and chef, he attends several national charity events, galas, and food festivals. Some of them include The Twin Cities Food, Food and Wine Magazine’s Aspen Festival, the James Beard House and Wine Experience. In 2002, He was a respected guest of People’s Republic of China, visiting, lecturing and giving demonstrations on Chinese cuisine.

Andrew Zimmern's peculiarity can be seen in Travel Channel's 'Bizarre Foods' and Cookbooks

Andrew Zimmern celebrating 200th episode of 'Bizarre Foods' in New York, Source :

Andrew Zimmern entered television industry creating a pilot episode for a show Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel on 1st November 2006. Till date, the show has been renewed for total 15 seasons and more than 100 episodes with Andrew visiting over 32 countries & 14 U.S. states. In 2009, the show earned two CableFax awards including one for best Online Extras for Andrew’s web series named Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen and another for Best Television Program: Food. 

Later in 2009, Andrew became a host of a spinoff of Bizarre Foods called Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World that consisted of a pilot & 9 episodes that were produced in 8 countries and 2 states. Another spin-off show called Bizarre Foods America was debuted in January 2012, in which he emphasized on several cities in US and local cuisines and ways of life. He is also a part of show Driven by Food

In Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, he explores unusual foods and bizarre cultures in US’s own backyard. In his new show Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, he continues searching the most interesting foods throughout the world and taking viewers on the international journey to the iconic cities for a taste of typical, not-to-be-missed dishes. 

Among his three James Beard Award winnings, first was for Television Food Personality in 2010, second for Television Program on Location in 2012 and third for Outstanding Host in 2013. Three winnings are out of seven nominations. In 2010, his online series Toyota’s Appetite for Life earned an Effie. 

His first book entitled The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked out the Door Mouth First…and Came Back Shaking My Head was launched in 2009 through Broadway Books. The book is the collection of his food & travel stories. Additionally, he is also an author of Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods: An Intrepid Eater’s Digest that was released in 2012 October by Feiwel & Friends and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs and Blood Sausage released in 2011 by Delacorte. 

Zimmern launched his food truck named Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, inspired by his visits to the street stalls & markets around the globe. AZ Canteen now belongs to Passport Hospitality, a restaurant concept and design company established by Andrew in 2015. Through the foundation, he and his culinary team provide counseling services to different restaurants and retail projects. 

In 2015, he founded Intuitive Content, a full-service production company that develops dynamic original TV and broadcast specials partnering with few world’s biggest companies to produce brand-driven series thaTravel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern’s Driven By Food, Andrew Zimmern's Bucket List and The Navigator’s Table

No doubt, he has collected huge fortune. Several sources claim that he has a net worth of $8 millions and was receiving salary of $35,000 per episode of Bizarre Foods

New York native Andrew Zimmern has settled down with wife & son in Minnesota

Andrew Zimmern hosting Cobaya Dinner with wife Rishia Haas, Source :

Many people may be curious to know the love life of the man who traveled throughout the world in search of most peculiar dishes and food cultures. Well, he is a married man and his wife is Rishia Haas but no much details of his married life have been disclosed yet. 

Several sources claim that the couple tied a knot on 26th December 2002 in a hurried ceremony. Andrew mentioned in an interview, “We could not wait to be married.” And if the reports are to be believed, they had planned to throw their wedding party after a month of their marriage. Perhaps, the love birds were very eager to be husband and wife. 

As of now, the couple resides in Edina Minnesota with their son, Noah. There have been no details of Noah’s birth, but certainly, the boy is growing up gaining much love and care from his parents. Andrew shares images of his wife and son quite often through social media a. 

Back in August 2011, he shared a pic featuring his lovely wife and cute little boy on Instagram writing a caption ‘Me., wife, Beach’. At that time, in an interview with, he mentioned his wife several times also addressing her as ‘ideal traveling partner’. No wonder, the couple is heading strong and the word like “divorce” seems totally out of context.  Already celebrated their 14th marriage anniversary, the duo seemed fully committed towards each other. 

Andrew never forgets from where he grew up, so he has been involved in numerous charities. Cited as a benevolent personality, while not preparing delicious dishes at his home or on his shows, he is seen lecturing about entrepreneurship and insights on food issues to The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College’s students. 

Via James Beard Foundation, he funds Andrew Zimmern’s Second Chances Scholarship that offers a second chance to the students who have overcome extreme challenges and show them a path of culinary arts. He also serves a member of a board of directors of National Youth Recovery Foundation, Services for the Underserved, Taste of the NFL and Foodie Tout. 

Beyond all the responsibilities, during the spare time, you can see him reading, cooking delicious dishes for his beloved wife & son and playing electric guitar. You can stay updated through his official social media accounts: Instagram @chefaz and Twitter @andrewzimmern.



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