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Andrew Zimmern is a 3-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, and he is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. He is the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel's hit series Bizarre Foods with Andrew ZimmernAndrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World and Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern. In Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, he travels the globe exploring food; from world-class restaurants to street carts and jungle markets, it's all about discovering and sharing the authentic experience. In Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, he explores the unusual foods and cultures in America’s own backyard. In his latest series, Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, the widely recognized host continues his search for the most interesting dishes across the globe, taking viewers on an international journey to iconic cities for a taste of their quintessential, not-to-be missed dishes.

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In 2013, Andrew won his third James Beard Award for outstanding personality/host. He received his first award in 2010 for television food personality and his second in 2012 for television program on location. He is a 7-time Beard Award nominee. His online series Toyota’s Appetite for Life received an Effie in 2010. Bizarre Foods also took home 2 CableFax Awards in 2009, one for best food television program and another for best online extras for his Travel Channel web series, Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen.

Andrew is a contributing editor at Food & Wine magazine, an award-winning monthly columnist at Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and a senior editor at Delta Sky Magazine. As a freelance journalist, he has had work appear in numerous national and international publications.

Andrew has served as a corporate and product spokesman for Target, Cascal, Pepto Bismol, Toyota and Travel Leaders. He is the author of The Bizarre Truth (Broadway Books, 2009), Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs and Blood Sausage (Delacorte, 2011), and Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods: An Intrepid Eater’s Digest (Feiwel & Friends, 2012).

In 2012, Andrew launched his first food truck, AZ Canteen, which evolved from his experiences visiting hundreds of food trucks and street stalls around the world.

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10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

Who said fairs only do food that’s crummy for you? Leave it to the Californians to give us some healthy fair foods, such as grilled Caesar salads and peaches with cottage cheese. That being said, news of the Big Beef Rib (24-ounce steak on a 17-inch cow’s rib) has traveled all the way to me in Minnesota. Gotta try that next time! 960 1280

  

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

It's said that the original cream puffs are the essential food at Wisconsin's state celebration. How can you argue with a mountain of sweet cream sandwiched in a puff shell? You can’t. I implore you to also eat a brat or 2, along with some cheese curds. ’Cause hey, you're in Wisconsin! 960 1280

  

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the US when measured by annual attendance. And when it comes to foods, it’s all about the deep fryer. There’s deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fried cookie dough, fried peach cobbler on a stick, zesty fried guacamole bites, deep-fried lattes, fried chili Frito burritos, fried hot dogs, chicken fried bacon, fried banana splits, fried grilled-cheese sandwiches ... I could list about 100 more, but I am getting queasy just writing this down. 960 1280

  

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies, Minnesota State Fair

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies, Minnesota State Fair

I think I remember Martha telling me that they make a million cookies every day of the fair. This is a fair must and one of those food experiences that cannot be accurately replicated at home, even if the dough is available for purchase in your grocer's freezer. Few things can beat piping-hot, messy chocolate-chip cookies served with an enormous glass of milk. Martha (yes, Sweet Martha is a real person), I adore you! 960 1280

  

6. Barbecue Chicken, Arizona State Fair

6. Barbecue Chicken, Arizona State Fair

I am a self-proclaimed BBQ snob and was pleasantly surprised at the caliber of 'cue at the Arizona State Fair. From drummies and ribs to sliders and pizza (that only kind of counts), I'm a fan. 960 1280

Shaiith  

5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, Minnesota State Fair

5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, Minnesota State Fair

There are a lot of great dairy items at the great Minnesota Get-Together. (Hello, we carve our fair princesses out of butter!) My favorite is the little stand run by the Kiwanis ladies adjacent to the Fine Arts Center. I have a hard time picking among chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, so I like to go with friends and order all 3. I’m not sure if this is actually the very best malt at the fair, but it’s been around since 1969, and I think some of the original folks are still employed. It's just a warm, fuzzy kind of place. 960 1280

  

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, Minnesota State Fair

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, Minnesota State Fair

All curds are not created equal. Trust me, I have tried them all. My go-to Minnesota State Fair cheese curd purveyor has got to be the Original. Look for the bright yellow sign with the long, fast-moving line. 960 1280

  

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

Think of this as a culinary lesson in cultural hybrids — traditional Navajo fry bread smothered in taco stuff, including ground beef, lettuce, cheese, beans and tomatoes. It's fantastic, and you can't really find it anywhere else. 960 1280

  

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

If I could pick only 1 state fair food, this would be it: ground beef and Italian sausage smothered in a secret sauce and seasonings, covered with melted mozzarella cheese and served on a delicious toasted Italian roll. It's like an Italian sandwich torpedo. I'm lucky enough that these guys hit both the Iowa and Minnesota state fairs, so sometimes I get to eat it twice a year. 960 1280

Jaimie Duplass  

1. About a Foot-Long Hot Dog, Minnesota State Fair

1. About a Foot-Long Hot Dog, Minnesota State Fair

I love the classics, and it just doesn't get better than this one. I think this stand has been at the fair since the Stone Age, and simply put, it does a hot dog better than anyone else. 960 1280

Henrik Freek  

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