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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 February 1960Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA
Nickname The Chef

Mini Bio (1)

Director/producer Keith Famie was, for many years, known as a celebrity chef of well-known restaurants in metro Detroit, was selected as one of America's "Best New Chefs" in 1989 by Food and Wine magazine; twice his restaurants were chosen as "Best New Restaurant" in America by Esquire Magazine.

Famie was also a finalist on the 2001 reality television series, "Survivor, the Australian Outback."

Keith hosted his own Food Network series, "Keith Famie's Adventures," thirty-two episodes in all, traveling the world documenting rich-culture cooking

styles from the plains of Africa to monk monasteries of Taiwan to the lifestyle of Key West.

In 2004, the Adventure Chef made a bold move to embark on anew journey of documentary filmmaking. "I didn't want to be the 'Adventure Chef' guy anymore. I wanted to help people tell their stories."

Since that life changing decision, Famie has been awarded eleven Michigan Emmys and nominated several other times for his rich, human-interest storytelling, from the ethnic documentaries 'Our Story Of' series, to the military tribute films such as 'Detroit, Our Greatest Generation, Our Vietnam Generation, and One Soldier's Story.' Famie has proved that he and his team at Visionalist Entertainment Productions can create informative, entertaining and emotional films that touch a wide audience.

In 2013, Keith produced a seven-part series called "The Embrace of Aging, the male perspective of growing old," which aired on PBS Detroit in 2013. And in 2015, Famie received his 11th Emmy for "The Embrace of Aging, the female perspective of growing old," the second 13-part film series in this trilogy.

He was recently selected for the 2015 Diamond Award by the Association for Women in Communications Detroit Chapter due to the impact his series on women has had on the community.

In the spring of 2015, he will complete "Maire's Journey," a touching story about a twenty-four year old cancer patient and the amazing journey she made in her afterlife. The fall of 2015 will bring to the viewing public on PBS the last 13-part series in the aging trilogy, "The Embrace of Dying, how we deal with the end of life."

In production for 2016 is his film, "Death is not the Answer," looks at the complicated and emotional subject of depression and suicide.

"There is nothing more gratifying than being able to touch people through documentary film work that we do. I know what we do affects people's lives."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Keith Famie

Trivia (10)

Two children, Josh and Alicia.
In 1988 Famie opened his own restaurant, Les Auteurs an American Bistro, and in the same year was recognized in Food & Wine as one of the "10 Best New Chefs" and Les Auteurs was featured in Esquire Magazine's "Best New Restaurants of 1988."
Famie enjoys biking, weight lifting, scuba diving, dirt bike riding, wall climbing, herb gardening, touring unusual markets, collecting art, tennis and hiking in the mountains.
While still attending high school, he began working in restaurant kitchens and after graduation, traveled the world working in hotels located in such exotic locales as Brussels, Monte Carlo and New York.
During 1993, Famie began appearing in cooking segments called "Famie's Adventures in Cooking" for local Detroit television stations.
In 1996 Famie opened Forte and was selected yet again in Esquire's yearly "Best New Restaurants" -- this time in 1997.
Is an adopted child. As an adult he searched for and found his birth parents living in Florida. His real father is also a chef and owns several restaurants as well.
Fiance: Katrin (Keith proposed over the Internet while a contestant on Survivor). [2001]
Brought a Paella pan as his luxury item on "Survivor".
Infamous for being a professional chef unable to cook edible rice on "Survivor: The Australian Outback" (1998)

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