Andrew Zimmern


Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher, and culinary explorer. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world having explored cultures in more than 170 countries. He promotes impactful ways to think about, create, and live with food through many diverse channels including his shows on the Food Network and Travel Channel, like his well-loved "Bizarre Foods" franchise.

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Why Minnesota?
Minnesota saved my life, and gave me a better one. I came here to get sober in 1992, stayed sober and stayed living here. I think our state is a national leader in the arts, civics, natural beauty, quality of life, and so much more. There isn't any challenge in living here except five mornings a year when it is too cold to get out of the house, but those are great pajama days.

In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
I have a deep and abiding faith in my resiliency and I live by the motto "this too shall pass," the good and the bad. Expectations and resentments are avoided at all costs. They are spirit killers. Resentments, real or imagined offenses, are the worst. It's like taking poison and waiting for another person to die.

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