Twitterview with Andrew Zimmern
Q – #1 Lets start by asking you first, what did you have for breakfast today?
Andrew: let me repphrase #jectv , cold szecuahun peanut noodels and a cup fo coffee. . .
why do so many americans use the traditional food model for B-fast. nothing worse for you than the Perkins Grand Slam.
Q – #2 Lets move to your background. Where did you grow up, attend HS and then where did you attend college/culinary school?
Andrew: i grew up in NYC, attended Dalton School, Vassar College and learned about food the right way, cooking in kicthens w great chefs
nothing against cooking schools, but 30 yrs back less relevant. i was lucky and was a stagiere in some great places and started there
i cooked summers as a teenager, and was always working in food biz, so by time i graduated college i was ready to work in real restos
Q – #3 Sure. Sometimes live experience is better than schooling. What influenced you to get into the cooking world?
Andrew: my dad was my inflluence, i am a paler version of him. he took me around the world and showed me how to eat and live.
Q – #4 As host of @BizarreFoods, how did the concept of your show come to be? Did it take long to get picked up?
Andrew: concept was easy, i been living it for years, travel+stories from fringe=education and entertainment. it took 4 years to get on air
Q – #5 So patience/persistence were important. With so much traveling, how do you fill that time? Reading? Music? Writing?
Andrew: fill time? what time? i cant squeeze a burp into my schedule on most days. even in van in middle of nowhere i am on conf-calls! sucks
Q – #6 FAVORITE(S): Comfort food, vegetable, spice or herb, some chefs you admire/respect.
Andrew: comfort food= any meal in a bowl from my wifes hot dish to braised beef borscht with dumplings
favorite ingredients= lemons, mustard, chiles, tarragon, ginger, game birds….and kudu, dont forget the kudu
chefs i admire= keller for being role model, achatz as creative genius, batali/flay/morimoto/nobu/collichio etc 4 sustaining quality
Cosentino, Ty Cole, White, Goin, Besh, Link, Franey, Hefter, Dufresne, Brock, Lata and about a hundred others are all amazing
i hate the chefs you admire question because i cant fit them all in tweets!!
Q – #7 Those rare moments that you’re home in MN, do you prefer to eat at home or eat out with your family?
Andrew: when i am home in MN i stay home …i always want to be w wife and son more than go anywhere.
Q – #8 That’s great! What are 2-3 things that you’d like to see change to people’s eating habits currently?
Andrew: quest 4 efficiencies & cheap meals killed food system, we need to eat variety of wholesome foods to rebalance a broken food world.
eating well in america is a class issue, that has to change. anything that furthers that cause will right a half century of wrongs
let your kids choose meals, coach them, read them about failed food system, cook w them, eat w them and u will see amazing difference
parenting = hardest job on earth, and there is no manual. there are no lazy parents, but we need to save our kids health, chng food
Q – #9 Do you have a garden at home, and if so, what do you grow?
Andrew: we have a small garden. herbs/tomatoes. i am never home, so we go to farm market 3 times a week in summer
Q – #10 What food(s) have you really enjoyed that you can’t currently get anywhere in the states?
Andrew: wish i could get puffin, kudu, chinese donkey, achacharu, baby birds, sea squirts, etc…love them all
Q – #11 Final question: If you could choose anyone dead/alive to have a meal with, who would you pick and why?
Andrew: teddy roosevelt is my hero. explorer, cop, soldier, social change advocate, dad, leader, adventurer, parks founder, visionary, eater
thanks everyone, please spread word about our kids. we need real social change and that starts with education.
@JoelECarlson: @andrewzimmern I know that your always tight on time, but thanks for sharing some of yours on #jectv. Nice job at the @CharlieAwardsTC too!