George Duran is a polylingual chef, comedian, and host and culinary contributor for Good Morning America. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, he majored in mass media and communications studies at New York University. After college, he worked as an on-air personality for an award-winning comedy show on WPLJ and WABC in New York. He began to produce on the popular MTV show, House of Style, and hosted on the Latin music television station HTV.
He then attended culinary school at L’École Supérieure de Cuisine Française in Paris. At the same time, he created and hosted the award-winning culinary show Pop Cuisine on France’s Cuisine TV network.
In 2005, he returned to New York, taking his career as a TV Chef to the next level by creating and hosting Food Network’s popular Ham on the Street. He then expanded his presence on the network, hosting The Secret Life of…, a light-hearted exploration of the history of the foods we love. His popular cookbook, Take This Dish and Twist It, is packed with useful tips, amusing anecdotes, and, of course, mouthwatering recipes, revealing his delectably unexpected take on comfort foods and snacks.
In 2010, George was asked to join TLC’s prime-time lineup by hosting The Ultimate Cake Off.
He currently lives with his wife and his two picky-eating sons in Harlem, New York.
Why are you an advocate for individuals with learning disabilities?
“Identifying my own learning challenges was crucial to understanding what hurdles I was up against and how I was going to succeed as an adult. My goal today is to inspire others to greatness despite any learning difficulties they may be living with.”