Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern



Chef explores world's oddest culinary choices.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

The series' varied cultural content includes information about each country's geography, climate, language, transportation, history, architecture, and wildlife.

Positive messages

The show promotes learning about the world and all that it has to offer, approaching each new fact/place/food with an open mind and eager curiosity.

Positive role models

Zimmern is unfailingly respectful to indigenous culture and traditional cuisine everywhere he goes (no matter how bizarre the foods), and he often explains the religious, economical, or health-related importance of natives' meal choices.

Violence & scariness

All kinds of animals, fish, and insects are eaten whole (including heads, feet, and wings) -- some while they're still alive. Many scenes show animal carcasses being butchered.

Sexy stuff

Occasionally food is referred to as an aphrodisiac.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that since the host of this series purposely seeks out unusual food choices -- by American standards, that is -- viewers will see him eat things like rodents, insects, fertilized eggs, and whole baby chickens on a stick. Outdoor market scenes often show animal carcasses and seafood being butchered, so this probably isn't for the littlest viewers -- or older ones with weak stomachs.

What's the story?

In BIZARRE FOODS WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN, world-renowned chef/dining critic Andrew Zimmern combines his passion for food with his love of travel to learn about international cultures by sampling traditional cuisine in different countries. Each episode in this eye-opening series spotlights a different country, from Morocco to Ecuador to Spain. Zimmern visits restaurants and outdoor food markets in a handful of cities in each country, trying foods that range from unexpectedly delicious (stuffed frogs) to downright bizarre (wood-devouring mangrove worms, pulled from their own pulpy feasts and sent down the hatch raw).

Is it any good?


The jovial Zimmern never shies away from a culinary challenge. And even when an unsavory sample leaves his taste buds crying uncle, he's always respectful of his host country's cultural appreciation of the food and conscientious about explaining the traditional and economical importance of local dining choices.

Bizarre Foods is a family-friendly educational series that's filled with facts about each country's history, geography, language, and native plant and animal life. If you can, watch with your kids so you can answer their questions about the unusual foods on display. And be sure to keep the littlest viewers (and those with weak stomachs) out of the room: There are frequent scenes of animal carcasses being cut up, and it might be upsetting to watch recognizable animals (baby chickens on a stick, for example) being eaten.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about food. What are some of your family's favorite foods? How do those foods get to your home? How do you prepare them? What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten?

  • Once you're talking about food, you can discuss the importance of a balanced diet. What is the food pyramid? What kinds of foods are important for staying healthy? How do our bodies respond to poor diets? What other things can people do to stay healthy?

TV details

Cast:Andrew Zimmern
Network:Travel Channel
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written bysc00bs884 April 9, 2008

I almost Threw up

I thinks its a great idea to have a person going around the world to discover all the interesting foods out there but he has NO MANNERS! he chomps on his food like a cow. you hear every piece being chewed up and sucked on and its absolutely repulsive! i would really appreciate if there was a way your could move the microphone from his tonsils so i could enjoy the show and not be upset in the stomach from his mouth noises......
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Kid, 12 years old March 19, 2011

Awesome Food Show!

I LOVE Bizarre Foods!!! That's one of my favorite shows, and my favorite episode is the one about Sydney. It inspired me a little, and an hour later I got a sudden craving for Vegemite, although we don't have any at home...
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