From Deranged Drugs to Bizarre Foods – Travel Channel Star On the Road to Recovery

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern recalls his early struggles with addiction and recovery

With more than 15 seasons on the Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern appears to be a relatively mild-mannered middle-aged celebrity chef with a penchant for seeking out unusual foods. He has written two books – The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked out the Door Mouth First … and Came Back Shaking My Head– a collection of his food and travel stories from around the world, and also Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods.

However, it turns out that one of America’s favorite food explorers struggled with serious drug and alcohol addiction issues early in his career.

Posting recently on throwback Thursday, Zimmern wrote –
“1982 or so, deranged drunk and drugged, I was a dangerous mess and still took almost a decade to sober up. #keepitgreen #odat #grateful I don’t think I ever posted a pic like this before. The smile on the outside is a mask. The pain inside was unimaginable and indescribable.”

Zimmern’s struggles cost him his job and led him to be homeless for almost a year. “You start to lose jobs,” he told CNN last year. “I lost an apartment. l became homeless for 11 months and squatted in a building on Sullivan Street in lower Manhattan.”

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