Rishia Haas is better known as the ex-wife of the successful culinary expert Andrew Zimmern. Her former husband hosts several popular TV shows like Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America, and more.
Besides, Rishia also works as a beekeeper at the University of MN Bee Lab. Let’s know more about her education, career, net worth, a lot more.
Rishia Haas’ Early Life and Education
Rishia Haas was born in Champlin, Minnesota, the United States. She holds an American nationality and belongs to Caucasian ethnicity. Rishia attended Anoka High School, in Anoka.
Upon schooling, Haas went on to study at Augsburg University, in Minneapolis.
Career: A former employee at The Retreat
Rishia previously worked as an admissions coordinator at The Retreat: Alive with the Spirit of Recovery. The rehabilitation center in Wayzata, Minnesota renders supportive drug recovery programs for those who struggle with dipsomania and narcotic addiction.
After leaving The Retreat, Haas went on to join the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as an administrative assistant. Founded in 2014, the addiction organization has an addiction research center and a graduate school that focuses on how to overcome an addiction.
Rishia and husband Andrew dated for over 2-year before marriage
As per sources, Rishia and Andrew met in the late 1990s. They both were working at a Minnesota’s cooking school. The couple exchanged their vows on 26th December 2002.
The two organized their post-wedding party a month later they got married. Their relationship sadly ended after 15-years in 2018. The reason behind their divorce is not known.
They share joint custody of their son after divorce
Haas and Zimmern welcomed their child, a son, Noah Zimmern in 2005. Andrew frequently shares loving posts with his grown boy flaunting his unconditional love on social media. Tributing the 2016 Father’s Day, Andrew shared a photo with Noah.
Since their divorce in 2018, they are now co-parenting their son after their divorce finalization.
How did their relationship end?
Zimmern had a dark past. He was once homeless due to his alcoholism and addiction to drugs. He was already on a dangerous path since his early teens.
Initially, it all began following a family tragedy. His brother was once in an oxygen tent in a coma. He told People, “It was so traumatic.”
“My parents had been divorced for six or seven years at that point, and it was sort of the seminal event of my life.”
Andrew attended Dalton School and later enrolled at Vassar College. He was suspended three times while at college. Apparently, he also spent some time in jail.
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Gradually, Zimmern started recovering from addiction. Earlier this year in 2020, he commemorated 28-year of sobriety.
He gained early popularity after his work as executive chef of Café Un Deux Trois. There he spent four-and-a-half-year crafting his culinary prowess.
Andrew later created many popular TV shows that include Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. It aired on Travel Channel on November 1, 2006. But the popularity Andrew gained in the subsequent years wasn’t healthy for his love life due to his hectic schedule.
He told The New York Times,
“I wasn’t there for my wife, and I wasn’t there for my son. My wife gave me a thousand chances to make it right”
In an interview with Minnesota Post, the TV host stated that his wife and son are “victims of my popularity”
After divorce with his wife, he stated, “I want to be the best dad and the best ex I can be”
And similar to what he said, Andrew and wife Rishia have a good connection. He celebrated the 2020 Mother’s Day posting a beautiful photo of his late mom and wife on Instagram.
However, they have maintained a very low-key about their personal stuff. Haas currently resides in Edina, Minnesota.
Rishia Haas’ Net Worth
Rishia has a net worth of around $500,000. One the other hand, her ex-hubby Andrew Zimmern has an estimated net worth of $8 million. He has earned a significant portion of his wealth from his versatility in several fields.
What is Andrew Zimmer’s ex-wife Rishia Haas up to after divorce?
Rishia Haas is currently a beekeeper at the University of MN Bee Lab. It promotes the health and diversity of bee pollinators through proper education and programs.
Talking about her professional career, Haas initially started working at a cooking school’s store. Coincidentally, her then future-husband Andrew was a teacher in the late 1990s.