connectVideoTV chef Andrew Zimmern in hot water after ‘hores—‘ Chinese food comment
Host of ‘Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern is under fire for his commentary on mid-western Chinese food restaurants.
“Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern is made of the prime time on the Travel Channel in the middle of the controversy over his assertion that Chinese food in the Midwest is served in “horses – – t restaurants.”
The famous chef “Bizarre Foods” juggernaut franchise and sister show, “The Zimmern List” are bumped by the network owner Discovery, Inc. in a graveyard rotation slot on Saturday mornings to run their course, Page Six has confirmed.
Filming has stopped on both shows mid-season, sources tell us, and is not expected to continue.
The move comes after the James Beard Award-winning chef offended the Asian-American community in the comments to promote his Midwest of the Chinese restaurant chain, saying: “I think I have to save the souls of all the people, of the have to dine in the horses – – t restaurants, disguised as Chinese food in the Midwest.”
His comments led to outrage, with Ruth Tam, writing in the Washington Post, ” [He] has the noble cause of ‘save white people from eating bad Chinese food. When Chinese American Chinese food for white people, Zimmern calls them ‘horses – – t.’ But when he does, it is unique.” “
Eater also fumed, “Zimmern at the same time, disparages, Philip Chiang . . . and elevates himself in the position of the person in a state of the opening of central America in the eyes of the myriad regional cuisines of a large, diverse culture.”
Eating humble pie, Zimmern said, “I am fully responsible for what I said and I want to offer my apologies to anyone who was offended.”
A Travel Channel rep insisted Zimmern was not given the chop because of his insensitive comments, but gave its remaining episodes have been banned, saying: “The shows, along with other food content of the Journey, no longer air on prime time, but on Saturday mornings in the rotation. This decision came for Andrew’s comments were made.”
It is believed Zimmern’s shows on the Cooking Channel and the Food Network will continue as planned.
His representative does not get back to us.
This article originally appeared on Page Six.