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Andrew Zimmern

Four-Time James Beard Award-Winning TV Personality, Chef, Writer & Teacher

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Andrew Zimmern Biography

An Emmy-winning and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s "Bizarre Foods," "Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food" and Emmy-winning "The Zimmern List," he has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance, and understanding through food. In 2020, Zimmern returned to television with the MSNBC series What's Eating America. His latest series, "Family Dinner," airs on Chip & Joanna Gaines’ new Magnolia Network and streams on Discovery+.

Zimmern’s first book, "The Bizarre Truth," offers a behind-the-scenes look at cultures in his favorite destinations. "Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs and Blood Sausage" gives younger fans a backstage look at his culinary adventures. A book for young adults, "Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, Wonderful Foods" is a pop culture-influenced look at fantastic and bizarre ingredients. His latest offering, a grade level reader series called "Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir" was released in February 2019 and won the Gold IPPY in Juvenile Fiction.

In 2014, Zimmern founded 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 digital content. In 2021, Intuitive Content was named one of the top 100 production companies in the world by Realscreen.

Zimmern hosted the three part 2019 Conversations at Copia in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America as a way to publicize, educate, and amplify the hard conversations around social justice and food. He is an entrepreneur-in-residence at The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College. Through the James Beard Foundation and the Culinary Institute of America he funds Andrew Zimmern’s Second Chances Scholarships, which offer students faced with extreme challenges an opportunity to follow a culinary path.

Zimmern also sits on the board of directors of Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer/EXPLR, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, and Soigne Hospitality. He serves on City Harvest’s Food Council, is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition and was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme in 2021. He is a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19. Other charities Zimmern works with include Lovin’ Spoonfuls, ONE, Food Policy Action Committee, No Kid Hungry, and Giving Kitchen.

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Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods: An Intrepid Eater's Digest

Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods: An Intrepid Eater's Digest

Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, and Blood Sausage

Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, and Blood Sausage

The Bizarre Truth: Culinary Misadventures Around the Globe

The Bizarre Truth: Culinary Misadventures Around the Globe

The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First . . . and Came Back Shaking My Head

The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First . . . and Came Back Shaking My Head

Speaking Topics
  • 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 survivor of drug addiction, alcoholism and homelessness. Now in his 20th 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, 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.

  • 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 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.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Andrew Zimmern for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Andrew Zimmern, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Andrew Zimmern or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Andrew Zimmern?

    Booking fees for Andrew Zimmern, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Andrew Zimmern, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Andrew Zimmern?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Andrew Zimmern for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Andrew Zimmern for your next private or corporate function.
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Four-Time James Beard Award-Winning TV Personality, Chef, Writer & Teacher

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Andrew Zimmern Biography

An Emmy-winning and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s "Bizarre Foods," "Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food" and Emmy-winning "The Zimmern List," he has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance, and understanding through food. In 2020, Zimmern returned to television with the MSNBC series What's Eating America. His latest series, "Family Dinner," airs on Chip & Joanna Gaines’ new Magnolia Network and streams on Discovery+.

Zimmern’s first book, "The Bizarre Truth," offers a behind-the-scenes look at cultures in his favorite destinations. "Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs and Blood Sausage" gives younger fans a backstage look at his culinary adventures. A book for young adults, "Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, Wonderful Foods" is a pop culture-influenced look at fantastic and bizarre ingredients. His latest offering, a grade level reader series called "Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir" was released in February 2019 and won the Gold IPPY in Juvenile Fiction.

In 2014, Zimmern founded 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 digital content. In 2021, Intuitive Content was named one of the top 100 production companies in the world by Realscreen.

Zimmern hosted the three part 2019 Conversations at Copia in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America as a way to publicize, educate, and amplify the hard conversations around social justice and food. He is an entrepreneur-in-residence at The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College. Through the James Beard Foundation and the Culinary Institute of America he funds Andrew Zimmern’s Second Chances Scholarships, which offer students faced with extreme challenges an opportunity to follow a culinary path.

Zimmern also sits on the board of directors of Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer/EXPLR, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, and Soigne Hospitality. He serves on City Harvest’s Food Council, is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition and was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme in 2021. He is a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19. Other charities Zimmern works with include Lovin’ Spoonfuls, ONE, Food Policy Action Committee, No Kid Hungry, and Giving Kitchen.

Andrew Zimmern Videos

  • Andrew Zimmern's Story and His Principles for Humble Recovery
    Before he won his Emmy and James Beard awards, and before he became a famous TV personality, Andrew Zimmern was essentially homeless, living in an...
  • Andrew Zimmern Talks 'Bizarre Foods,' the Next 'It' Foods, and ...
    In this Throwback Thursday episode, 'Bizarre Foods' host and culinary expert Andrew Zimmern opens up about what his travels have taught ...
  • Andrew Zimmern and José Andrés | Changing the World Through ...
    Two of the most important and outspoken chef personalities in America discusses the power of food. Spanish-born José Andrés global ...

Andrew Zimmern Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern Speaking Topics

  • 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 survivor of drug addiction, alcoholism and homelessness. Now in his 20th 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, 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.

  • 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 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.

FAQs on booking Andrew Zimmern

  • How to book Andrew Zimmern?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Andrew Zimmern for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Andrew Zimmern, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Andrew Zimmern or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Andrew Zimmern?

    Booking fees for Andrew Zimmern, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Andrew Zimmern, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Andrew Zimmern?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Andrew Zimmern for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Andrew Zimmern for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Andrew Zimmern or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Andrew Zimmern or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Andrew Zimmern is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Adventure of Recovery and FOOD : A Global Perspective on the State of our Food Life. The estimated speaking fee range to book Andrew Zimmern for your event is available upon request. Andrew Zimmern generally travels from Minneapolis, MN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Danny Trejo, Art Smith, Richard Blais, Cat Cora and Carla Hall. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Andrew Zimmern for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Andrew Zimmern Speaker Videos

  • Andrew Zimmern's Story and His Principles for Humble Recovery
    Before he won his Emmy and James Beard awards, and before he became a famous TV personality, Andrew Zimmern was essentially homeless, living in an abandoned New York City apartment and nearly...
    Andrew Zimmern Talks 'Bizarre Foods,' the Next 'It' Foods, and ...
    In this Throwback Thursday episode, 'Bizarre Foods' host and culinary expert Andrew Zimmern opens up about what his travels have taught ...
  • Andrew Zimmern and José Andrés | Changing the World Through ...
    Two of the most important and outspoken chef personalities in America discusses the power of food. Spanish-born José Andrés global ...

Andrew Zimmern Speaking Topics

  • 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 survivor of drug addiction, alcoholism and homelessness. Now in his 20th 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, 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.

  • 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 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.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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