Andrew Zimmern

A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern ( is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by FoodThe Zimmern List, and Food Network’s Big Food Truck Tip, he has explored culture through food in more than 170 countries.

Andrew has built a multi-faceted empire that promotes impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. Founded in 1997, Food Works manages production and distribution of Andrew’s media endeavors, including his James Beard Award-nominated website and the award-winning AZ Cooks, his digital cooking series. In 2014, Andrew introduced Intuitive Content, a full-service production company that develops and produces dynamic original television and broadcast specials, while partnering with companies to create brand-driven series and web content. Intuitive Content’s first series, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, premiered on Travel Channel in August 2016. In their second series, The Zimmern List, Andrew reveals his favorite food experiences in cities across the globe. Season two of The Zimmern List premiered in December 2018. Andrew traveled the country in search of passionate food truck entrepreneurs in their latest series, Big Food Truck Tip, which aired on Food Network last fall. 

In 2015, Andrew launched Passport Hospitality, which provides consulting services to various restaurant and retail projects, and oversees several brands including the quick service concept Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen and Lucky Cricket, a contemporary Chinese restaurant at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Lucky Cricket’s menu reflects Andrew’s extensive travels throughout China.  Andrew recently collaborated with Minneapolis chef Gavin Kaysen to create KZ ProVisioning, a unique catering company for professional athletes, and joined The Dayton’s Project team to develop an experiential food hall in the storied landmark in downtown Minneapolis.

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 series called Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir, was released in February 2019. He is a contributing editor at Delta Sky magazine, as well as a contributor at Food & Wine Magazine. Andrew is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Babson College’s Lewis Institute, sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed and The Taste of the NFL, and is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition. He is a Fast Company “Most Creative Person” designee, and Adweek named him one of the “30 most influential people in food.” He resides in Minneapolis.