We spoke about Anthony Bourdain and his favourite foods few weeks ago. It is true that it was a great loss for food lovers all over the world as Bourdain hosted some of the best food shows, in fact, many would argue that he isn’t just a chef, or a food critic, he is a philosopher of food and his input into the understanding of different cuisines and dish styles will inspire all future generations.
Thankfully, there are plenty of other chefs and food critics who are doing something similar to Bourdain and we can still enjoy their work. One of them is Andrew Zimmern. Another New Yorker, Zimmern became famous with his Bizarre Foods series, initially launched in 2006.
It is difficult to describe Zimmern in a single word, he’s been on the telly so much lately, but he has also hosted radio shows, he’s a director and a producer, and of course, in addition to a TV personality, he’s also a food expert, a chef, a critic and so much more.
Zimmern is a trained chef, his formal culinary training began when he was only 14 and it never stopped. Like Bourdain, Zimmern is also a former alcohol and drug addict, he even lived rough for a year. In 1992 he moved to Minnesota and it is his permanent residence since.
As we mentioned, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern is the show that launched Zimmern into popularity.
The pilot episode was shot in Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. It was aired on the 1st of November 2006. In the initial episode Zimmern ate raw pig’s testicles in Tokyo, as well as frog sashimi, as well as lizard sake. He also drank turtle blood and ate chicken butts, plus a number of other bizarre dishes.
For the first episode he flew to the Philippines where he ate deep fried fertilised duck eggs, cheese-flavoured ice-cream in a bun, and a lot more. He also tasted white worms from cricket larvae, as well as beetles.
In Morocco Zimmern ate poached calf’s brain, snails in turmeric broth, cow’s heart and a lot of other unusual dishes. In fact, just the stuff that he ate in the first season were quite unusual and extraordinary.
The sixth episode of the first season was quite exciting, it was filmed in the UK. Zimmern visited Edinburgh, Swansea, Cotswolds and London and he tasted some of the most extravagant dishes, like Haggis, pheasant, cockles and whelks, kidney and liver meatballs, blood tongue sausage and a lot more.
Zimmern isn’t just a weirdo who travels around tasting disgusting dishes. He’s a real food connoisseur who knows how to make his show very interesting. The way he approaches food and all the unusual dishes is original and unique.
A Unique and Inspiring Character
Bizarre Foods was just the beginning. In the later series Zimmern took a different approach. Instead of tasting bizarre stuff, he went on to try some of the finest dishes in the world.