Before he started eating testicle soup and boiled grilled rat for a living, Andrew Zimmern the host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel was a homeless, purse-snatching addict.

Zimmern was born and raised in New York City to a Jewish family. He began his formal culinary training at the age of 14. He attended the Dalton School and graduated from Vassar College. Contributing to many of New York’s finest restaurants as either executive chef or general manager, he has also lectured on restaurant management and design at The New School for Social Research.

Due to severe drug and alcohol addiction, Zimmern was homeless for about one year. During this period, he survived by stealing purses from cafes and selling the contents. In 1992, Zimmern moved to Minnesota, where he checked into the Hazelden Treatment Center for drug and alcohol addiction treatment, where he now volunteers.

Read his story…



JaniceMay 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Undoubtedly the video showing grilled rat in Thailand is very interesting though I think it is not an edible one. Apart from this video, I have found the life of Andrew Zimmern, starting from his career centered round his foods and then addiction phase and finally recovery, is an amazing one. Like him, many people use illicit drugs and alcohol. Marijuana is the most common name among the youth. Young people in USA use alcohol than tobacco and drugs, and hence 41% of the death causes due to motor vehicles accident after huge alcohol consumption.


JaniceMay 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Drug rehab center is the only solution for the alcohol and drug-addicted patients. Trained professionals and doctors make accurate diagnosis and hence prescribe the best treatment. Though the entire treatment process is time consuming one, but actually the patient integrates certain skills and that takes time. Well, the decision would be very difficult to enter a rehab, but after all it’s a matter of life and matter of one’s choice.


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