Andrew Zimmern


Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, The Zimmern List, and Food Network’s Big Food Truck Tip, he has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. He has written 4 books, appears monthly in Delta Sky Magazine, is a contributor at Food & Wine Magazine and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Babson College. He is devoted to his charitable endeavors and sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed and Taste of the NFL. His life’s work is about demonstrating and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food.

Patrick Weiland

SVP, Production & Development

Patrick Weiland is a three-time Emmy Award winning producer of prime time network news and reality programming with more than 20 years experience. As VP of Development, Weiland has led creation of several series including "The Zimmern List" for Scripps Networks, "Curious Cures" for Travel Channel as well as numerous other projects currently in development. Prior to that he was director of the long running series, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" for Travel Channel.

Tacy Mangan

VP, Production

Tacy has been a producer, showrunner, writer and manager in television and media for more than three decades. She was most recently Director of Production for The Zimmern List and was the series producer for the first five seasons of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, both on Travel Channel. Her work has appeared on national cable networks including Discovery, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, History Channel, HGTV, Food Network and MSNBC. Her achievements include a National Daytime Emmy, a national Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and the Carnegie Medal of Excellence.

Dusti Kugler

General Manager

With an amazing palate for everything from potato chips to foie gras, Dusti Kugler has been running the world of all things Andrew Zimmern for the last 12 years. Today, Dusti oversees all three of Andrew's businesses: Food Works, the brand and digital company; Passport Hospitality, the restaurant consulting group; and Intuitive Content. Her earlier job credits included food and prop stylist, and owner and operator of a successful catering company in Chicago.

Thomas G. Lemmer

Series Producer

Thomas G. Lemmer is a writer and producer of award-winning film, television, and digital content in a variety of genres and formats: food travelogue, experimental narratives, and biographical documentaries. His work as a writer and story producer across the Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern franchise lead to his most recent role: Series Producer of Intuitive Content’s The Zimmern List.