Andrew Zimmern sure gets around. With more than 200 episodes of his Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods under his belt, the chef and host has dined everywhere from Taiwan to Iceland, Syria, Bolivia, Madagascar and Finland – plus a whole lot in between.
But when the Jewish New York native arrived in Israel for the first time in his life earlier this week, “the plane hadn’t even hit the ground and I started crying,” he said.
“You can’t be Jewish and not feel like… a rain drop entering the river coming to Israel,” Zimmern told The Jerusalem Post as he took a break from filming in the capital on Tuesday. “This to me is one of the most special places in the world for that reason.”