Andrew Zimmern, culinary superstar and titular host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, blew through Seattle on Wednesday, September 6, delighting the masses at Pike Place Market while scouting and filming for his new TV show, The Zimmern List. It’s expected to be a much less strange and far more personal mix of reflections on foods Zimmern loves with info about the people who make them and the places they’re served.
Announced this summer, The Zimmern List will run as 18 half-hour episodes, but Travel Channel has not yet announced a premiere date. A rep for Austin’s Ramen Tatsu-ya, where Zimmern filmed in early August, told Eater the series might launch this fall.
While he was in Seattle briefly, Zimmern was spotted eating a cookie, eating a piroshky, holding a fish, making inside jokes about “Big Sexy Tomatoes,” visiting friends, posing for photos, and just generally being affable, as usual. Fans also spotted Zimmern in Portland this week, checking out places like Waffle Window and various food carts. Highlights are below, and anyone with more intel should reach out.
Zimmern posed with the crew of Bavarian Meats:
Ever wonder what it would be like if Andrew Zimmern dropped in on your lunch hour? Now we know!!! So thrilled to have Andrew Zimmern and his crew in the deli today at Pike Place. He was scouting around for his new Travel Channel Series The Zimmern List. We were all Honored to share a few of our favorite traditional bites! Thanks so much for stopping by Andrew and crew! His entourage was the definition of rad!! #andrewzimmern #thetravelchannel #travelchannel #seattle #familypride #employeeappreciation #community #visitseattle #seattlepulse #bavarianmeats #pikeplacemarket #seattle #farmersmarket #german #bavarian #eatlocal #buylocal #artisan #craftsman #eatrealfood #sausage #familybusiness #germanfood #pnw #pacificnorthwest #sausagemeister #charcuterie #pride #sausage #germansausage @chefaz #zimmernlist
Zimmern posted a photo from one of the market’s produce vendors along with a joke about a “Big Sexy Tomato” that’s probably funny for the disc golfers referenced:
The TV host snacked on Piroshky Piroshky’s wares:
In an adorable candid, the television star tasted a cookie from Three Girls Bakery:
Zimmern visited the gang at Chefsteps:
He also held a fish, because Pike Place Market:
And he said hello to chef Zoi Antonitsas, who posted a photo thanking Zimmern for visiting Jarrbar and inviting him back for a meal at upcoming Little Fish restaurant and microcannery:
Thank you for swinging by @jarrbar yesterday @chefaz ! It's always nice to see you and hang, if only for a short while. I appreciate your kind heartedness, authenticity, passion and support! Next time, let me cook you dinner @littlefishseattle . Come back next year pleeezzzzzz! #chefzoi #supporteachother #andrewzimmern #thezimmernlist