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By the Kent Redding Group

Andrew Zimmern has been one of the leading foodies in recent years thanks to his hit show Bizarre Foods.

The chef and food critic recently launched a new travel show called The Zimmern List where he visits top restaurants and eateries across the United States.

Zimmern recently visited Austin for the 2nd episode of his show and visited some of the most well-known restaurants in the area including: Franklin Barbecue, Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon and he also visited several food trucks in the ATX area including The Big Kahuna.

About Andrew Zimmerman

Thanks to his parents who had him traveling around the world mouth first, Andrew knew from a young age he wanted a career in food. As a teenager, Andrew spent his days at the beach and nights cooking in Long Island restaurants. After attending The Dalton School and then Vassar College, Andrew was on the fast track to success cooking in New York City restaurants helmed by Anne Rosenzweig, Joachim Splichal and Thomas Keller. He helped open and run a dozen restaurants, but was also an addict and alcoholic spiraling out of control. Crashed and burnt, he spent a year living on the streets, stealing to support his addiction. Ultimately, one last intervention by close friends brought him to the renowned Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. Transforming his life around sobriety, Andrew began washing dishes at the Minneapolis outpost of New York’s Café Un Deux Trois in 1992. When a line cook fortuitously didn’t show up for his shift, Andrew took over his station, and in seven weeks was named Executive Chef. He turned Un Deux Trois into a successful gastro-bistro during his six-year tenure.

A Foodies Foodie

Like Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray, Zimmern has gone from being one a James Beard award winner and top chef to one of the most well-respected foodies in the United States thanks to his other hit show Bizarre Foods.

Although he only made a brief stop in Austin recently, Zimmern has come through the State Capital many times before and he’s going to be back again next month when he will be appearing at South-By-Southwest to speak on a panel with other chefs including Jose Andres.

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