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‘Bizarre Foods’ star hit rock bottom, rebuilt life in Minnesota

“Bizarre Foods” star Andrew Zimmern hit rock bottom 20 years ago when drugs and alcohol ripped apart a promising career and left him homeless. A stint at Hazelden helped turn his life around. Zimmern, who now lives in Edina, talks to WCCO in part two of an interview in which he describes an amazing life journey.
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“Bizarre Foods” star Andrew Zimmern hit rock bottom 20 years ago when drugs and alcohol ripped apart a promising career and left him homeless. A stint at Hazelden helped turn his life around. Zimmern, who now lives in Edina, talks to WCCO in part two of an interview in which he describes an amazing life journey.

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