Celebrity chef and co-host of Bizarre Foods who has won several James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Personality.
He attended Vassar College. He spent a year as a homeless drug addict and thief.
He received a James Beard Award in 2010 for his television show Toyota's Appetite for Life.
He married Rishia Haas in 2 002. They raised their son Noah in Monterey, California.
He and Mario Batali were culinary contemporaries and friends.