CHEF, ANTHROPOLOGIST, SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE, GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER
“Please, be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you.”
A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern (andrewzimmern.com) is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. In 2020, Andrew returns to television with two new programs. What’s Eating America premiered on MSNBC in February and Family Dinner, currently in production, 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 The Zimmern List, he 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, including podcasting, his website and publishing projects. In 2014, Andrew introduced 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 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. Their second series, The Zimmern List, won a gold Telly award in 2020 and is nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards. Other IC series include Big Food Truck Tip, Crash Test World and How to Survive a Murder. In 2020, IC will premiere two new shows hosted by Andrew, including What’s Eating America, a series for MSNBC exploring the provocative stories of our time through food. Airing on the Magnolia Network, Family Dinner follows 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. 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 Foods. His latest offering, a grade level reader series called Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir won the Gold IPPY in Juvenile Fiction. Andrew sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer, Taste of the NFL 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.