Over the years, many culinary experts have emerged to the limelight, sweeping loads of prestigious awards. Noticeable among this group is American chef Andrew Zimmern who seems to have a finger in every pie as a restaurateur, radio personality, TV personality, producer and director. The expert chef has also functioned as a food critic, entrepreneur, teacher, journalist as well as author. Andrew has earned his due respect in the food world as one of the most flexible and talented personalities.
He serves as the executive producer, creator as well as anchor for shows like Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, Bizarre Foods on Travel Channel’s, Big Food Truck Tip on Food Network and The Zimmern List. He has traveled to over 170 countries, exploring their cultures and advocating impactful ways to create, think about and live with food. Andrew is a four-time winner of James Beard Foundation Award for his effort on Bizarre Foods. The famed chef is also on social media, hosting a YouTube cooking web series called Andrew Zimmern Cooks. He is the proud owner of Lucky Cricket – a Chinese restaurant located at St. Louis Park, Minnesota where he also functions as the head chef.
Who is Andrew Zimmern?
He was born as Andrew Scott Zimmern on the 4th of July 1961, his place of birth is New York City where he also grew up. The renowned culinary expert is the only child of his parents who have been identified as Robert A. Zimmern – a Jewish man and his wife Caren Heymen, however, his parent’s marriage came to an end when he was still a kid in 1967.
Andrew Zimmern is a graduate of The Vassar College where he proceeded to after studying at Dalton School. His training as a chef formally started at age 14 while he was still a student and today, the renowned chef has made contributions to several of the finest restaurants in New York in his capacity as the general manager or executive chef. Andrew was at The New School for Social Research where he taught restaurant management and design.
One would not be far from the truth to say that life has not been all rosy for Andrew Zimmern as he had to battle serious alcohol and drug addiction. It got to a point that he became homeless for all of 12 months, surviving on ill-gotten money from pilfering purses at cafes and selling whatever he found inside. By 1992, he had already taken the decision to treat his addiction and as a result, he was admitted into Hazelden Treatment Center. Presently, the television personality serves as a volunteer for the treatment center.
Regarding his professional life, Andrew Zimmern enjoys traveling to all sorts of places, investigating and studying food in its locality. He also anchors a television show popularly called Feasting with Death, which uses data to inform the public on which food can cause death.
The James Beard Award-winning culinary expert received wild acclaim while he was with Café Un Deux Trois located in Minneapolis’s Foshay Tower as executive chef for a tenure that lasted for four years and six months. During this period, publications like the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and the Minnesota Monthly gave his menus very high ratings. By 1997, Andrew Zimmern was already out of daily restaurant operations, but his thriving career left him financially well off. Presently, he spends his leisure time training in Shotokan Karate and going to the museums.
Meet His Wife and Family
The famed restaurateur has only ever been involved in a single marriage all his life and he is still visibly married. It was on the 26th of December 2002 that he exchanged marriage vows with his spouse Rishia Zimmern. Their wedding took place at St. Paul Jude Roseanne Nathanson located in Minneapolis; however, they decided to postpone the wedding party to June the next year.
The duo met a couple of years before their nuptials and commenced dating after a short while. They were on a trip to Mexico when Andrew Zimmern suddenly popped the question which marked the beginning of their official engagement in September 2001. They welcomed their only child Noah in 2005; the couple appears to be enjoying marital bliss, living in their Minnesota home.