Cooking Channel's 'Bizarre Foods' Explores Cincinnati's European Culinary Influences in Recent Episode

Andrew Zimmern paid a visit to the Queen City to try some locally loved German dishes, Cincinnati-style chili and Graeter's French pot ice cream.

click to enlarge Zimmern highlights the Queen City's signature Cincinnnati-style chili in the episode - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Zimmern highlights the Queen City's signature Cincinnnati-style chili in the episode

The Queen City's culinary landscape was in the spotlight recently, with a special visit from Andrew Zimmern, host of the Food Channel's "Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations." 

This isn't the first time our city has been the star of a food-related television show, and it likely won't be the last, but it still yields some true Cincy pride when our humble home gets some much-deserved recognition.

Each episode in the series focuses on one specific destination or area and what makes its culinary culture unique.

Season 9, episode 9 aired on Monday, Feb. 1, and Zimmern explored our European-influenced dishes like pork schnitzel and goetta (both trailing from Cincy's German roots) and our infamous Cincinnati-style chili (which has ties to the city's Greek immigrants), as well as Graeter's ice cream, made using the French pot method.

Cooking Channel's intro for the episode regards Cincinnati as "the fastest growing city in the Midwest," which is pretty cool, too. 

If you missed the episode, don't fret. The show will air again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 — a little Valentine's Day gift for ya. 

Other destinations explored this season include the Iowa State Fair; Sitka, Alaska; Portland; Martha's Vineyard and Harlem. 

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