Picture of Graham KerrGraham Kerr

Residence:  Mt. Vernon, Washington; naturalized U.S. citizen
Family:  Married in 1955; three children, six grandchildren 2 great-grandchildren
Birth Date:  January 22, 1934, London, England.

Graham Kerr is an internationally known culinary and television personality, award-winning author, and master of metaphorical speaking. His focus is on serving people who want to make healthy, creative, lifestyle changes and to increase their consumption of fresh, local edible plants and seafood. His life goal is “to help to convert habits that harm into resources that heal both for ourselves and others in need.”

Career Highlights & Awards

2003 Honorary Doctorate in “Culinary Nutrition” from Johnson & Whales University, Rhode Island.

2000 Awarded Life Honorary Membership to the American Dietetic Association and Honorary Life Membership to the Food & Culinary Professionals, a Dietetic Practice Group of the ADA.

1999 Inducted into the American Culinary Federation Hall of Fame

1997 Appointed, College of Diplomats, The Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association

1997 James Beard Foundation Award

1994 Commissioners Special Citation.  United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Food and Drug Administration

1993 Winner, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Julia Child Cookbook Award for Graham Kerr’s Minimax Cookbook, Best Health and Diet Cookbook

1970, 1971   Emmy Nomination for most Outstanding Achievement Daytime Programming – USA with his wife Treena Kerr as Producer

1965 Penguin Award Winner – Australia (Australia’s “Emmy”)

1965 Personality of the Year – New Zealand Television Awards

1964 Gold Medal for the Graham Kerr Cookbook (New Zealand) International Culinary Olympics, Frankfurt, Germany

1963 Personality of the Year – New Zealand Television Awards

Current Projects

University of Washington School of Public Health: Culinary Nutrition Consultant

Creation of “The Egg Carton Club”: A means of encouraging a 100% increase in local fresh plant foods.

Health Education

Graham had served on the American Dietetic Association Foundation/ConAgra Foundation Home Food Safety Expert Panel.  Consisting of eight leaders in the food safety arena, Graham was honored and privileged to provide strategic counsel for the American Dietetic Association’s national public education initiative communication food safety at home.

Graham has established an ongoing partnership with the American Dietetic Association in order for the ADA to serve as nutrition advisor for his programs and book recipes.

Graham has now completed 450 one-minute radio and television spots as part of the National Cancer Institute’s 5-A-Day program.  The “Do Yourself a Flavor” spots give listeners creative “recipe-tips” for fruits and vegetables and can now be found on


From January 1996 through April 2000, Graham was an Editor at Large for Cooking Light, the world’s most widely circulated Epicurean magazine with a readership of 5.7 million.

Television Highlights

Graham Kerr has been an established television personality since 1960.  He has aired over 1,800 programs including broadcasts in the United States, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Asia, Africa, United Kingdom, and Europe.

The Gathering Place – 130 1-hour programs aired internationally on major networks in 2000 and released as 30-minute ‘specials’ on Public Television in Fall of 2002.

Do Yourself a Flavor – 450 news subjects on fresh fruit and vegetables for National Cancer Institute.

Swiftly Seasoned with Graham Kerr – 26 30-minute programs; broadcast on PBS in the United States, began airing January 1997.

The Best of Kerr – 26 30-minute programs; broadcast on PBS in the United States, airing January 1996.

Graham Kerr’s Kitchen – 78 30-minute programs; broadcast Series I, II and III on PBS in the United States since October 1992.

The Graham Kerr Show – 170 30-minute programs; produced and broadcast in the United States in 1990-91; rebroadcast by the Discovery Channel, twice daily, starting September 1992; also broadcast in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, Asia and Africa and South America.

Simply Marvelous – 39 30-minute programs; produced in 1988; broadcast in the United States since January 1992. Also broadcast in South Africa and Europe.

A Bite With Kerr – 130 30-second tips on healthy eating; produced and broadcast during 1990 on syndicated United States television stations.

Take Kerr – 260 4-minute programs on healthy flavorful food; produced in 1974-75; broadcast by the Cable News Network in the United States.

The Galloping Gourmet – 455 30-minute programs; produced from 1969-1971; broadcast in the United States and 37 other countries.

Entertaining with Kerr – 155 30-minute programs; produced from 1959-1968 in New Zealand and Australia.

Publication Highlights

As an award-winning author, Graham Kerr has written 29 books with over 14 million copies sold:

Growing at the Speed of Life, Perigee, 2011

Day by Day Gourmet Cookbook, B&H Publishers, 2007

Recipe for Life, B&H Publishers, 2007

Graham Kerr’s Simply Splenda® Cookbook, Small Steps Press, 2004

Charting a Course to Wellness, American Diabetes Association, 2003

My Personal Path to Wellness (Journal), American Diabetes Association, 2003

The Gathering Place, Volume II, Quarry Press, January 2002

The Gathering Place, Camano Press, October 1997

Swiftly Seasoned with Graham Kerr, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, January 1997

Graham Kerr’s Best, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, January 1996

Graham Kerr’s Kitchen, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1994

Graham Kerr’s Creative Choices, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1993

Graham Kerr’s Minimax Cookbook, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1992

Graham Kerr’s Smart Cooking, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1991

Step by Step Cookbook, David C. Cook, 1981

The Love Feast, Simon and Schuster, 1977

The New Seasoning, Simon and Schuster, 1975

The Complete Galloping Gourmet Cookbook, Grossett and Dunlap, 1973

The Television Cookbooks Seven Volumes, Fremantle International, USA, 1970, 1972

The Graham Kerr Cookbook, (USA) Doubleday, 1970

The Graham Kerr Cookbook, (UK) Lion Publishing and AH & AW Reed, Wellington, New Zealand, 1964

The Galloping Gourmets, AH & AW Reed, Sydney, Australia, with Len Evens, 1965

Entertaining with Kerr, AH & AW Reed, Wellington, New Zealand, 1963

Speaking & Special Appearance Highlights

Graham has been a speaker at conferences and events for countless organizations, hospitals, health programs and cardiac rehab centers.  Some of his highlights include:

Rachael Ray Show, 2011

American Culinary Federation Conference, California, 2010

ARAMARK Corporation Event, California, 2008

AWHONN Conference, Washington, 2008

St. Joseph Hospital Wellness Fair, Washington, 2008

Providence Mount St. Vincent Event, Washington, 2008

Northwest Kidney Event, Washington, 2008

AHA Western States Affiliate Go Red for Women Event, California, 2008

American Diabetes Association Expo, Washington, 2008

Providence St. Peter Hospital Event, Washington, 2008

University of Michigan Health Media Event, California, 2008

Oregon Health Care Association, Annual Conference, Oregon, 2007

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, National Diabetes Month Recognition Event, Washington, 2007

St. Joseph Hospital, Diabetes Wellness Fair, Washington, 2007

American Heart Association, Fairbanks Alaska, 2007

University of Michigan, Diabetes Education Conference, Minnesota, 2007

American Diabetes Association Winning at Work, Washington, 2007

Food Safety Education Conference, Colorado, 2006

Scottsdale Community Hospital, Arizona, 2005

Multicare, Washington, 2004

Keynote speaker, Alaska Providence Hospital, 2004

Keynote speaker, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2001

Keynote speaker, National Restaurant Association, 2001

Keynote speaker, MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, 2001

Keynote speaker and presenter, Heart Institute of Spokane, 2001

Keynote speaker, American Dietetic Association meeting, 2000

Keynote speaker, American Heart Association meeting 1998

Keynote speaker, Cardiac Therapy Foundation, 1998

Guest speaker, 1997 Hoechst Marion Roussel CardiSense cruise.

“Pull Up a Chair… With Graham Kerr”, healthy living seminar series sponsored by Hoechst Marion Roussel and Dannon Yogurt, 1996.

Presenter, American Dietetic Association 77th Annual Meeting and Exhibition 1994.  Science and Senses: Synergizing Between the Gourmet and Registered Dietitian.

Speaker, American Heart Association, National Cancer Institute and the American Diabetic Association

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

The Late Show with David Letterman

Network morning shows and dozens of local television and radio ‘events’

Affiliations (Past and Present)
International Association of Culinary Professionals

American Culinary Federation

Culinary Institute of America

American Heart Association

Research Chefs Association

American Academy of Chefs


2011 School of Public Health, University of Washington (Nutrition)

2008 Visiting Lecturer Bastyr University, WA

2003 Visiting Professor Johnson & Wales University, RI

1996 First Visiting Professor, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

1997 Visiting Professor, Art Institute of Seattle (Culinary Arts Department), Seattle, WA

1998 Master Classes, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Portland, OR

1998 & 1996 La Varenne Signature Series, The Greenbrier, WV

1996 Master Classes, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Philadelphia, PA

1995 Master Classes, International Association of Culinary Professionals, San Antonio, TX

1973 Adjunct Professor, Cornell University Hotel School, Ithaca, NY

Current Goals

Help to increase US consumption of fruit and vegetables by 100% to 7 servings per day by 2020.

Help to reduce portion sizes to safe “reasonable” levels.

Promote the idea of converting habits that harm into resources that heal.

School Meals enhanced through initiatives such as the 1095 Club.