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Tuesday, October 20 at 8pm ET/PT on Travel Channel
"Food is good, food with a story is even better and food with a story someone hasn’t heard about is best of all,” says Andrew Zimmern, the three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and culinary explorer. For nearly 10 years, Zimmern has brought these stories to life in his Travel Channel series, “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern who continues to illuminate the most unique foods from every corner of the globe. From roasted dormice in Croatia to calf’s head hot dogs in Paris, he is always eager to sample whatever the locals eat, elevating alternative cuisines and promoting global understanding in the process.
Zimmern celebrates the 200th episode of his “Bizarre Foods” franchise by heading to Philadelphia, a city known for its iconic dishes and storied history. Home to third and fourth generation food artisans and vibrant immigrant neighborhoods, the “City of Brotherly Love” prides itself on preserving tradition and tastes, while at the same time adapting what’s always worked into stunning new culinary creations. From scrapple cheesesteak and Zitner’s famous Butter Krak candy to old world classics like German liverwursts and Jewish kishke, he finds delicious foods that reflect the city’s culinary revolution and still maintain the integrity of what people love about traditional Philly fare. Zimmern even discovers two entirely different twists on the doughnut – one, paired with Middle Eastern style zatar-spiced chicken and the other, a Liberian savory fritter called calla, paired to mop up braised sweet potato greens loaded with cow’s feet, goat and served with homemade hot sauce.
"This is easily the best season of "Bizarre Foods" that we've ever made, and Philadelphia is the perfect location to celebrate our 200th episode," adds Zimmern. "It’s a blue collar town, where locals carry around armfuls of civic pride everywhere they go and couldn’t care less about outside validation. At the same time, Philly is a bastion of food style, with a caring and nurturing culture that reminds me of what all great cities should aspire to. I’m so proud of our show, its longevity and the amazing support from our global TV audience. Two hundred episodes is an overwhelming number."
Throughout this season, Zimmern procures, cooks and breaks bread with locals, helping to prove that sharing food bridges cultures. Whether it’s touching the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, cruising the canals in Amsterdam, or hitting the barbecue trail in Kansas City, Zimmern knows there’s no better way to learn about a place and its people than by eating a meal together.