MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Zimmern already knows what he wants for the final course in a career built on a penchant for chowing unusual foods — a helping of politics.

“I’m going to run for public office in Minnesota,” Zimmern, star of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” said during an interview Thursday at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. “What level? I don’t know. But I don’t want to be a celebrity governor or anything like that.”

Minnesota has already had one of those — former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, who took office in the late 1990s. And of course there’s also Sen. Al Franken, a former star on “Saturday Night Live” who was sworn in as one of the state’s U.S. senator in 2009.

Zimmern says that when his career in food is over, he might run for city council or some other local position. Whatever it is, he wants it to be a way for him to give back.

“I want to help people,” he said. “You have to do something for other people while on this earth.”

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Comments (10)
  1. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

    He does like smoked pickels!

    1. Larry Dentz says:

      Man He likes a lot of things I would not eat.

  2. Larry Dentz says:

    I vote for you kevin, I new you REALLY want to lead that parade, Hvae fun. Oh and by the way I think there was like 300000 people at the last one , so most people there are voters. What’s your lame point.

    1. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

      Thus, New York City parade organizers say attendance this year was 1.5 million, the largest in the country. San Francisco’s organizers claimed a million this year, compared to last year’s police count of 750,000. Toronto regularly asserts 750,000, while Chicago estimated 400,000. Los Angeles-West Hollywood and Boston each estimated between 250,000-300,000, and Washington DC about 200,000. Numbers for smaller cities like Minneapolis fall at or under 100,000. Atlanta Pride officials said event attendance fell from last year’s 300,000 to 100,000 people because of rain.

      Your a moron

  3. DEEP says:

    I’m a hard core Constitution/ Ron Paul type. I have seen Zimmern at Moose and Sadies and One On One Bike Studio being cool and spending money in the community. Seems like a nice person. If he serves in public office I hope he follows the Constitution……. Good luck to Mr. Zimmern.

  4. Ralph says:

    Andrew Zimern has a wife and son he mentions often. I thought people were supposed to be done name calling when they reached the maturity level of a third grader.

  5. justacoolcat says:

    Maybe he should go for an appointment before running for office, you know, get his feet wet.

    How about poet laureate?

  6. Roger says:

    Dept. of Health or Something related to agriculture. We need his spirit and voice!

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