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Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern apologizes for comments about Chinese restaurants

/ 11:05 AM November 28, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern is apologizing for his comments about Chinese restaurants after he was criticized as culturally insensitive.

Andrew Zimmern

In this Thursday, July 20, 2017, file photo, Travel Channel’s “Bizzare Foods” host Andrew Zimmern, a four-time James Beard award-winning chef, samples Taiwanese noodle soup and pork roll at Happy Stony Noodle in Elmhurst, Queens in New York. Image: AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File

Zimmern just opened his own Chinese restaurant, Lucky Cricket, in Minnesota.

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Last week, Fast Company posted an interview from the summer in which Zimmern says he was saving the souls of people who dine at “(expletive) restaurants masquerading as Chinese food” in the Midwest.

The Eater said his remarks represented cultural elitism. An op-ed in The Washington Post called them insulting.

In a statement to the Star Tribune, Zimmern admits his comments sounded arrogant. He took responsibility and attempted to clarify, saying many diners in the Twin Cities area eat Chinese food in malls, and he hopes to expose them to the “greatness of Chinese and Chinese-American cuisines.” NVG

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