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Host of "Ham on the Street" and "Secret Life of..." on Food Network

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 George Duran Biography

George Duran is a chef and entertainer. Author of Take This Dish and Twist It and host of Ham on the Street and Secret Life of… on Food Network. Duran was born and raised in Venezuela, the son of Armenian immigrants.

With such a diverse background, when it came time for college—New York City seemed the obvious choice. So Duran left his beloved Caracas (and more importantly, his beloved mother’s home cooking) behind to attend New York University, where he majored in Communications Studies (and minored in begging his mother to send Care Packages of her home cooking).  There, he commenced his all-out assault on a career in radio and TV production, culminating in 1996--with an award for Best Radio Talk Show at the National Association of College Broadcasters for his work hosting HYE Time Radio show on WNYU.

Post college, Duran continued to follow his Radio Muse, working as an on-air personality for comedy segments at WPLJ-FM in New York.  There, he interacted with everyday people on the street, asking questions, doing stunts and cracking jokes.  He moved on to WABC radio in 1999 where he produced and performed more comedy sketches. 

In 2000, Duran told his Radio Muse he’d like to “take a break” and “maybe, I don’t know, see other people. After a stint in production on the popular MTV show, House of Style, George moved to Miami—and the Latin music television station HTV—hosting such shows such as the Top 21 Videos of 2001 and Pachanga!

2002 proved to be an important year for Duran.  Since man cannot live on care packages from Mom alone, George had been busy honing his own culinary skills—and found his hobby gradually turning into a full-blown obsession. One he would follow to Paris, France, where he attended culinary school at the Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise Groupe Ferrandi. While attending school, Duran created and hosted Pop Cuisine on France’s Cuisine TV network. His unpretentious, quirky culinary style was a hit—garnering Pop Cuisine a nomination for a 7 d’Or (French Emmy) for Best Cable Show as well as a 2003 Silver Grape Gastronomic Award. George even broke into the world of print, teaching Gallic “lads” a few culinary tricks with his column in the French edition of FHM magazine.

In 2005, Duran returned to New York, taking his career as a TV Chef to the next level—creating and hosting Food Network’s popular Ham on the Street. The program showcased George’s keen interviewing and culinary skills—and determined once and for all that you can’t fry a fudge-cicle. The show’s fresh, irreverent, comedic worldview not only appealed to the network’s core audience, but brought in an unprecedented amount of younger viewers to the network’s lineup.

In February 2007, Duran expanded his presence on Food Network, hosting The Secret Life of…, a light hearted exploration of the history of the foods we love.

In October, 2008, George’s first book, Take This Dish and Twist It hit bookstore shelves. As colorful and funny as the chef himself, Duran’s book is packed with highly useful tips, extremely amusing anecdotes—and of course, obscenely mouthwatering recipes, revealing his delectably unexpected take on comfort food. 

Duran’s interests lie in French, Armenian and South American cuisines as well as cinematography and video editing.  He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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George Duran

Host of "Ham on the Street" and "Secret Life of..." on Food Network

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George Duran Biography

George Duran is a chef and entertainer. Author of Take This Dish and Twist It and host of Ham on the Street and Secret Life of… on Food Network. Duran was born and raised in Venezuela, the son of Armenian immigrants.

With such a diverse background, when it came time for college—New York City seemed the obvious choice. So Duran left his beloved Caracas (and more importantly, his beloved mother’s home cooking) behind to attend New York University, where he majored in Communications Studies (and minored in begging his mother to send Care Packages of her home cooking).  There, he commenced his all-out assault on a career in radio and TV production, culminating in 1996--with an award for Best Radio Talk Show at the National Association of College Broadcasters for his work hosting HYE Time Radio show on WNYU.

Post college, Duran continued to follow his Radio Muse, working as an on-air personality for comedy segments at WPLJ-FM in New York.  There, he interacted with everyday people on the street, asking questions, doing stunts and cracking jokes.  He moved on to WABC radio in 1999 where he produced and performed more comedy sketches. 

In 2000, Duran told his Radio Muse he’d like to “take a break” and “maybe, I don’t know, see other people. After a stint in production on the popular MTV show, House of Style, George moved to Miami—and the Latin music television station HTV—hosting such shows such as the Top 21 Videos of 2001 and Pachanga!

2002 proved to be an important year for Duran.  Since man cannot live on care packages from Mom alone, George had been busy honing his own culinary skills—and found his hobby gradually turning into a full-blown obsession. One he would follow to Paris, France, where he attended culinary school at the Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise Groupe Ferrandi. While attending school, Duran created and hosted Pop Cuisine on France’s Cuisine TV network. His unpretentious, quirky culinary style was a hit—garnering Pop Cuisine a nomination for a 7 d’Or (French Emmy) for Best Cable Show as well as a 2003 Silver Grape Gastronomic Award. George even broke into the world of print, teaching Gallic “lads” a few culinary tricks with his column in the French edition of FHM magazine.

In 2005, Duran returned to New York, taking his career as a TV Chef to the next level—creating and hosting Food Network’s popular Ham on the Street. The program showcased George’s keen interviewing and culinary skills—and determined once and for all that you can’t fry a fudge-cicle. The show’s fresh, irreverent, comedic worldview not only appealed to the network’s core audience, but brought in an unprecedented amount of younger viewers to the network’s lineup.

In February 2007, Duran expanded his presence on Food Network, hosting The Secret Life of…, a light hearted exploration of the history of the foods we love.

In October, 2008, George’s first book, Take This Dish and Twist It hit bookstore shelves. As colorful and funny as the chef himself, Duran’s book is packed with highly useful tips, extremely amusing anecdotes—and of course, obscenely mouthwatering recipes, revealing his delectably unexpected take on comfort food. 

Duran’s interests lie in French, Armenian and South American cuisines as well as cinematography and video editing.  He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • How to book George Duran?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like George Duran for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for George Duran, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for George Duran or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book George Duran?

    Booking fees for George Duran, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire George Duran, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for George Duran?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like George Duran for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book George Duran for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent George Duran or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for George Duran or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

George Duran is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book George Duran for your event is available upon request. George Duran generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Beau MacMillan, Graham Kerr, Mark Sundeen, Zane Lamprey and Adam Richman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling George Duran for an upcoming event.

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