Andrew Zimmern, the host of Travel Channels Bizarre Foods (where hes made a name for himself eating exotic things like fermented beetle anus), heaped some praise on the local food scene at the Austin Food Festival this weekend. But while Zimmern is fond of many Austin chefs, farmers and restaurants, he saves the highest praise for Austinites themselves. KUT: So tell us why youre here at this food festival in Austin. Andrew Zimmern : I think Austin has a very special food community in terms of diners. Its the diners and the Austinites that have created the atmosphere for all this amazing food here to flourish. Every single person Ive spoken to here at this festival, I think, gets it all wrong about Austin. Everybody puts the food and chefs first, and I think its not chicken or egg, its very matter-of-fact: the audience here in Austin is unique. They are willing to be experimented at, and they do not hold grudges against chefs that make mistakes or have failures, as long as that chef is willing to get back on their bicycle and start pedaling again.