We’ve all been there. The rail is full of tickets on a typical Saturday night: the pasta station is behind, the salad station is ahead and the broiler is on target. However, the expeditor has visions of being a star, celebrity chef someday. Having a T.V. show of his own as he says good-bye to Mario, Myron, Buffy and Bob, is the dream of this expeditor and every other Executive Chef in the business.
Except it’s easier to dream than to actually become that celebrity. When I first met Andrew Zimmern he was toiling behind the stove and over the staff at Caf? Un Deux Trios in
But his vision was broader than the eight burner range he roamed. He always saw himself in another light, but only those close to him were aware of it.
First it was cooking classes at Cooks on Crocus. Then a radio spot next to Sue Zelickson of WCCO radio, a column in Minneapolis/St.Paul magazine, a few bug bellies here, a termite dish there, and Zimmern is no longer simmering in the kitchen, he is on the air and hotter than ever.
Well, tonight on the Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern, the phenom chef who has morphed into a globe trotting cultural culinarian premiers in his newest season of Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmern. This season, follow Andrew as he munches his way through Korea, Australia, Appalachia, Singapore and other exotic destinations. New episodes, beginning with the world premier of Bizarre Foods: