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Brian McCourt is a trusted contractor, design expert, real estate flipper, and television personality. He is best known as the co-host of HGTV Canada’s Backyard Builds: a series dedicated to creating innovative outdoor spaces. Currently in production on its fourth season, the Canadian Screen Award-nominated series continues to gain popularity by fusing traditional interior renovations with unconventional exterior designs.
A fifth-generation builder, Brian is one of seven siblings – four of which work in real estate and renovation. It is safe to say that it runs in the family! From a young age, Brian felt drawn to real estate. He would watch his parents renovate small-town Victorian homes while refinishing furniture and scoping out flea markets in their free time. By the age of 19, Brian flipped his first property, and at 25 he had nine successful flips under his belt. Today, he boasts 15 years of hands-on renovation and design experience, functioning as a rare designer-contractor blend. In 2010 he opened the eponymous Brian McCourt Designs to help homeowners transform their houses into inspiring, custom homes.
Brian is passionate about sustainable building practices and brings the audience along as he learns more about new environmentally responsible ways of renovating. Whether it’s incorporating new, ‘green’ products or reducing waste and consumption or transforming scrap into design worthy features.
In addition to Backyard Builds, Brian is featured on HGTV’s Home To Win (Season 2,3,4) as well as Family Home Overhaul (premiering Spring 2020). Both series are devoted to helping monetarily modest families live in beautiful and safe homes.
A fun-loving self-proclaimed “optimist junkie”, Brian is motivated by creating multi- platform content that transcends traditional genres and formats and is always looking to a brighter tomorrow. Brian is a regular guest on numerous television and radio shows and is a proud partner of Habitat for Humanity.
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 twenty countries worldwide.
In World’s Weirdest Restaurants, the passionate and indefatigable culinary adventurer 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 has written five acclaimed cookbooks and is the co-author of the best-selling Pizza on the Grill, (just released in it’s second edition). 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.”
Bob has been an ambassador for Second Harvest in Toronto for five 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, 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.