About Bob Blumer - 'Gastronaut,' TV Personality, Author and Motivational Speaker:
Culinary adventurer, chef, artist and seven time Guinness World Record holder Bob Blumer is the creator and host of the television series Surreal Gourmet, and Glutton for Punishment, and a producer and host of World's Weirdest Restaurants. His shows air in over twenty countries world-wide.
In World's Weirdest Restaurants, the passionate and indefatigable gastronaut circles the globe in his quest to find the world's weirdest and wackiest restaurants. Some of his discoveries include a Japanese isakaya where Macaque monkeys serve beer, a New York City pop-up where patrons dine in the nude, and Modern Toilet in Taipei where curry is served in miniature porcelain toilet bowls.
On Surreal Gourmet and in his books, Bob transforms ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical presentations. Along with his iconic Toastermobile, they have become his culinary trademark. Blumer's artful approach to cooking, confidence-inspiring instructions, and contagious enthusiasm endear him to a loyal following in North America, Asia, and Europe - territories where he travels regularly.
On Glutton for Punishment, Bob channels his passion for food and his competitive nature into a series of culinary adventures that are inspiring, entertaining and often amusing. In every episode, he has five days to learn a physically daunting culinary skill, then he is thrown to the wolves as he competes in a related professional competition, or attempts to rise to the occasion of a challenge. In the fifth and final season of the show, Bob successfully broke or established seven food-related Guinness World Records.
Bob is also the author of five acclaimed cookbooks and the co-author of the best-selling Pizza on the Grill.
His most recent book Glutton for Pleasure: signature recipes, epic stories and surreal etiquette was summed up
by Publisher's Weekly as
Equal parts memoir, lavish art book, multi-genre soundtrack and culinary tour de
Bob has been an ambassador for Second Harvest in Toronto for 5 years, and helps to raise funds for several other noble causes. He also makes personal appearances and presents his signature surreal meals around the globe. In 2013 he returned to his artistic roots, creating a show of 25 surreal wine glasses and decanters that he exhibited in Napa, CA, and designing a Surreal Gourmet Suite for Toronto's legendary Gladstone Hotel. When he is not traveling for work or pleasure - which is most of the time - the transplanted Canadian cycles daily in the canyons near his home in the Hollywood Hills, doing his best to stay in shape for his next big adventure.
What Bob Blumer Talks About:
A Recipe For Success
What does it take to go from being a T-shirt roadie for bands to having three highly successful TV shows? Bob Blumer has the recipe that has deliciously resulted in him being called one of the most innovative and witty hosts on food television. The entrepreneur and gastronaut will drop his comic guard and share stories about the wildly circuitous and obstacle-filled journey that led him from the Richard Ivey School of Business to Food Network Canada, as it's longest running host. With detours from selling t-shirts for AC/DC, to managing eclectic singer songwriter Jane Siberry, Blumer will share insights into what he believes are the key ingredients in a recipe for success and reinvention. And he'll share secrets for understanding your true passion and combining it with a lust for life to deliver a dream career that really does bring home the bacon.
The presentation can include several practical and entertaining demonstrations of Bob's signature dishes.
He has taken food, not to a whole new level but, to a completely different dimension. Edison is credited with saying, "I have never failed, I have only discovered 10,000 ways that do not work." Blumer keeps trying and experimenting and, fortunately for us, sharing his successes with the rest of the world.
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