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Gastronaut, celebrity chef and cookbook author Bob Blumer, HBA’81, mixes culinary adventure with an artful approach to cooking. As creator and host of three popular television shows and holder of seven food-related Guinness World Records, Bob stirs up fun in more than 20 countries around the world. And his recipe for success started at Western.

Biography

Gastronaut, 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 on various networks in over 20 countries worldwide.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, he now calls Los Angeles, California his home. He graduated from Western’s Ivey Business School in 1981 with an honours degree in business administration (HBA).

During one of his return visits to Western, he led the Homecoming parade, driving his trademark Toastermobile - a customized Airstream trailer with a professional kitchen inside and topped with two eight-foot slices of toast.

He has written five acclaimed cookbooks and is 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 force."

Mr. Blumer has been an ambassador for Second Harvest in Toronto for many years, and helps to raise funds for several other noble causes. He is an active shareholder in Victoria Spirits, a boutique gin distillery based on Vancouver Island. 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, California, 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.

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