One of the enjoyments of friendship is watching a friend’s climb to success. Especially when the friend travels in a culinary world.
In a business full of stress and turmoil, stumbles and falls, successes are few and far between for those who chase them. I am not speaking of smoke and mirror success, a rave review or the occasional big press interview. Those are common place for those who can dance and dazzle with stories and one liners. I am speaking more of rewards that once were only dreams or passing thoughts. I am talking about statue-styled kudos once fantasized about.
The award has been a long time coming. I was first touched by Zimmern’s personality in 1991 when he was on the culinary cusp – changing the way
But confining Zimmern’s creativity and personality to a nine inch plate would be like demanding Warhol only create on copy paper. Expecting Zimmern to maintain a chef’s coat and a staff of contributors would be like taking Hemingway out of his favorite Parisian caf? and asking him to write in an office on the second floor of the
Sixteen years ago while sitting in the dining room of Un Deux Trois, Zimmern shared his dream of having a food show. It was over a plate of Zimmern’s Street Fair Noodles. It’s one of his signature, just-for-friends special creations, and while commenting on the dish’s flavors, he vividly explained the first time he had experienced the dish and went on to outline his desire to become a true culinary adventurer. And, he has accomplished that goal.
You can spot him sampling a variety of organs and body parts, cooked to perfection in the eyes of his hosts, in settings those from his
It has been said that famous New York Food editor, Craig Claiborne introduced gastronomically sheltered Americans to the greatest chefs of
And just as Claiborne introduced the canned food set to International chefs, Zimmern is transporting viewers into the homes and culinary worlds of families across the globe introducing us to the spice of life as others experience it.
But it is more than the presentation of a plate of saut?ed termites that entices the audience to travel with Zimmern to the far corners of the world. It’s Zimmern, himself, who creates the taste for adventure. He not only has the perfect ingredients for a enjoyable, entertaining show, he is the ingredient that makes the show a tasteful sensation.