City of Gold

City of Gold Premiering in Minneapolis this Friday, the documentary City of Gold explores Los Angeles through acclaimed restaurant critic Jonathon Gold’s eyes. Gold changed the world of food writing. Over the past couple decades, he’s made it a point to seek out extraordinary food in ordinary places. By uncovering and writing about restaurants that…  Read More

Fixing Our Broken Food System

Last week I was asked to share some ideas about why Presidential Candidates aren’t talking about FOOD. After all what we eat, how we grow and raise it, how we distribute it and what we do with the leftovers influences our environment, public health, national security, class issues, social justice issues like hunger, education, and…  Read More

Music City: Rachele Lynae’s “Quicksand”

While filming in Nashville for the Music City Food + Wine Festival last September, I had the opportunity to hang out with the sensational Rachele Lynae. Rachele is one of the hottest young crossover country talents I’ve heard in years. She’s got a musical growl that could scare a grizzly bear and she’s as down…  Read More

Tasting Thailand with Migrationology

While filming in Bangkok this past fall, I had the distinct pleasure of hanging with Mark Wiens, a prolific video blogger in Southeast Asia who also happens to be a Bizarre Foods mega-fan. Together we visited the Dusit area of Bangkok and dined at Soei, an amazing off-the-radar restaurant that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. P’soei Kurtcharoen…  Read More

Taste of the NFL: Party with a Purpose

Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose February 6, 2016 at San Francisco’s Cow Palace   Born at Super Bowl XXVI, Taste of the NFL rallies the country’s top chefs, celebrities and athletes to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. On the eve of the Super Bowl, chefs and…  Read More

No Kid Hungry #SaveSummer

I got this email from Tamra C. McCraw yesterday. It’s reprinted in its exact form because I couldn’t put it any better… please read it, make the links your mission for today and lets help kids get the food they need during the summer months and beyond. I need you to call/email/tweet/urge your Senators to get active on this piece of legislation. Thanks, AZ    Andrew it…  Read More

It’s time to change the tune.

For decades, big soda companies have spent billions of dollars trying to convince the world that soda equals happiness. Perhaps no other advertisement in history exemplifies that more than the iconic “Hilltop” ad, where singers on a hillside expressed their wish to “buy the world a Coke.” But the truth is, sugar drinks promote type 2…  Read More

Peru’s Belen Market

Iquitos’ Belen Market Accessible only by boat or plane, Iquitos lies at the intersection of three great rivers, the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya. No place generates more energy in this city than the Belen Market, a brilliant show of colorful produce and ingredients from the explosively fertile Amazon basin. The flavors are intense and fresh, eaten…  Read More

Throwback Thursday: How to Carve a Turkey

#TBT For a special Thanksgiving episode of Throwback Thursday, let’s throwback to when I was a regular on HGTV’s TIPical Mary Ellen. After spending hours cooking the perfect bird, it can be such a shame to see it hacked to bits. I showed Mary Ellen Pinkham my tips and tricks for carving a turkey for…  Read More

Feast! Local Food Network

The largest celebration of local foods in the region. Next Sunday, November 2, check out the best of local food by producers and makers from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin at Feast! in Rochester, Minnesota. With more than 100 exhibitor booths, you’ll find a variety of specialty foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi, artisan cheese, African simmer sauces,…  Read More

About the James Beard Foundation

Changing the Way We Think About Food Devoted to celebrating, nurturing and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage, the James Beard Foundation is very dear to me. The JBF fosters thought leadership, provides scholarships for culinary students, and sets the bar for culinary excellence with the annual James Beard Awards. And this video sums it all…  Read More

Check Out My CHEFS Catalog Collection

The Andrew Zimmern Collection at CHEFS Catalog For the past 30 years, I’ve traveled the world experiencing culture through food, and I’ve taken a lot of notes. I’ve seen fantastic food, great technique, but most importantly some incredible equipment. So I’ve partnered with my friends at CHEFS Catalog to bring you a collection of global…  Read More

Throwback Thursday: Making Cheese Ravioli

#TBT Here I am at the turn of the millennium working as a chef on a local news station. I made cheese ravioli and a vegetable sauce along with Tim Sherno, now a reporter for 5 Eyewitness News, and Alix Kendall, host of FOX9‘s morning show. While everything else seems outdated, we’re lucky that ravioli is…  Read More

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions

NCSL 2014 Legislative Summit I’m committed to combating hunger in America and believe that solving hunger requires a social change movement, just like anti-smoking and seatbelt campaigns. At this year’s Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, state legislators came together to discuss and craft local solutions to hunger challenges. Thanks to everyone who organized the event and…  Read More


Let’s strikeout ALS! Thanks to Don Link and Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon, my friends at SCOTTeVEST, and Rafferty Kugler for nominating me for the #ALSicebucketchallenge. I accept and have also donated $500 to the ALS Association. I would like to nominate Michael Voltaggio, Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff of Big Gay Ice Cream (both coasts, you guys!),…  Read More

Throwback Thursday: Auflauf mit Al Franken

Auf Deutsch Throwing it back to when Al Franken (before he was a senator) and I made Auflauf, a German breakfast pancake, for a cooking segment on a local news channel. The Senator decided to do the segment in a German accent. I’m not really sure what accent I’m doing. It’s more like Swedish Chef.…  Read More

4 Knife Skills Everyone Should Know

Dice Like a Pro Want to impress your friends? Master these four knife skills. All you need are some vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, whatever), a cutting board and a super-sharp, badass knife. In this video, I show you how to cut perfect batons, matchsticks, 1/2” dice and micro dice (or brunoise, if you want to be…  Read More