Speaker Andrew Zimmern
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An Emmy and James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, author, teacher, and social activist, 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 franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and the Emmy Award-winning The Zimmern List, Andrew has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food.
In 2014, Andrew founded Intuitive Content, a full-service production company that produces dynamic original television series and broadcast specials while partnering with some of the world's biggest companies to create brand-driven series. With an expertise and focus in creating entertainment around captivating human narratives, food, lifestyle and travel, the company is dedicated to illuminating cultures around the globe with integrity and exceptional production value. Among their many credits include Family Dinner (Magnolia/discovery+), Zoe Bakes (Magnolia/discovery+), What’s Eating America (MSNBC), How to Survive a Murder (Reelz), Crash Test World (Discovery) and the Emmy nominated The Zimmern List (Travel) among more.
In 2015, Andrew launched Passport Hospitality, which creates unique culinary concepts and provides consulting services to various restaurant and retail projects. Passport oversees several brands including the quick service concept Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen in Target Field and US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Andrew has collaborated with Minneapolis chef Gavin Kaysen to create KZ ProVisioning, a catering company for professional sports franchises, including the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and the NBA’s Timberwolves. He has also partnered with Gansevoort Construction’s Robert Montwaid to develop experiential food halls in the Dayton’s building in downtown Minneapolis and in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Food Works.
Andrew is also the founder of the multi-media company Food Works, which oversees his digital, print and social initiatives, his website and publishing projects. He 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 Food, and Alliance of World Explorers, Volume 1: AZ and the Lost City of Ophir, his latest offering, a grade level reader series which won the Gold IPPY in Juvenile Fiction. Andrew sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer, Taste of the NFL and Soigne Hospitality. He serves on City Harvest’s Food Council and is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition. Andrew is a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19.He resides in Minneapolis.