By Sergi Alexander/.
In this series, celebrities crack open their Instagram accounts and break down the inspiration and meaning behind some of their favorite photos. Here, Andrew Zimmern, four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, and teacher gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of his many (delicious) travels.
I’m admittedly a workaholic, but when work affords me the luxury of spending a day on the river with this backdrop, can you blame me?
Road tripping through the often overlooked parts of the United States over the past year has been eye opening. This season of Bizarre Foods ranks at the top for me. I’ve learned so much about this amazing country, and traveling through the Cumberland Gap was no exception. I mean, look at those marrow bones; it doesn’t get better than that.
Being a father is one of my life’s greatest joys. I’m on the road six months out of the year, so I relish every moment I get to spend with my kid, and naturally, spoil him at every turn. Parenthood is the greatest gift of all, and my son has taught me to be the man I want to be.
Walking my favorite disc golf course in Minneapolis is the best way to unwind after a stressful week. I love the sport so much that I carry dozens of discs in the back of my car from April through November, so if the mood strikes I can play wherever I am. It doesn’t hurt that we found a secret stash of morels along the way.
At 25 years sober, I’m beyond grateful for my recovery and those who helped me get to where I am today. I can’t believe it when I look back at who I was in the ’80s and who I am now. It’s not the same person. Miracles are real. I’ve seen them.
I’m happiest at home sharing a roast chicken with my family, but fishing on the coast of California could easily come in second place.
Minnesota’s State Fair is the best state fair in the country. Every year I clear my calendar for 12 days, and eat my way through the fair—fried cheese curds, sweet roasted corn, foot long hot dogs with grilled onions, and the one and only Gizmo sandwich. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Another stunning example of why I have the best job in the world—what a prized view of the world’s greatest city. Here I’m filming the pilot for what has become The Zimmern List, a new show produced by Intuitive Content, my production company based out of Minneapolis. Premiering on Travel Channel this fall, The Zimmern List features my best-of list for cities around the country.
I served Oklahoma Paddlefish Caviar to hundreds of guests at a tribute dinner for Jose Andres at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. It’s amazing stuff, a sustainable product I discovered filming in Oklahoma a year ago. By far, it is the best domestic caviar on the market.
A dream of mine for several years was to have a shiny new kitchen studio for filming, and I finally have it now. We just launched a new digital cooking series on my website where I’m behind the burners sharing recipes and tips inspired by my travels, childhood and own experiences in the professional kitchen. It’s an ambitious project; we plan to roll out 200 episodes over the next year.
My dad filled my life with love, travel, a wise attitude about food, and the best advice. He lived in Portland, Maine, so I found myself in lobster territory several times a year, and Five Islands Lobster Co. is my favorite lobster roll in Maine, no competition. This shot was taken near the docks at Five Islands, filming The Zimmern List. It was the first time I’d been back since my dad passed away two years ago.
Our food system is rigged to subsidize the wealth of huge corporate farms, instead of our families, health, communities, and farmland. Access to healthy, safe food and drinking water should be a right, not a privilege. As a citizen of this country, I feel it’s my duty to fight for basic human rights for everyone, and happily use my platform to spread the message. My home state senator, Al Franken, is a hero of mine.
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