John’s Bio

John A. Vlahides is a professional writer, producer, travel expert, and TV presenter. He is also a classical singer with the San Francisco Symphony.

On TV he is co-host and co-producer of the National Geographic TV adventure-travel series Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled, screening internationally on NatGeo Adventure. He hosted and researched the pilot in Morocco, and the series’ closing episode in Madagascar, where he cracked a rib wrestling a bull.

As a professional writer and travel expert, John has authored 25 travel guides for Lonely Planet, and formerly assigned stars as a reviewer for Fodor’s. His work has also been published by BBC Magazines, Sydney Morning Herald, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset, Wanderlust, San Francisco Magazine, King Features Syndicate, and various other American and international publications. He has been featured in Fantastic Man, the New York Times and Outside Magazine, and appears regularly on television and radio. He formerly co-produced a quick-vacations travel segment, called “One Night Stands with John Vlahides,” on San Francisco’s KRON 4 News Weekend. He has appeared as a travel expert on CNN, ABC7’s View from the Bay, as well as on various international and local radio programs, including ABC Classic FM’s prestigious Mornings with Margaret Throsby, ABC Adelaide (Australia), and KALW Bay Area public radio.

John’s background is diverse. The son of two New York doctors, he attended prep school in New England at Gould Academy, studied literature at the Sorbonne, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Binghamton University, and a Diplôme in classic French cooking from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, in Paris, where he studied with the same chefs who trained Julia Child. He is a former French–English interpreter, personal chef, and also a luxury-hotel concierge and member of Les Clefs d’Or, the Paris-based union of the world’s elite concierges.

John is also a classically trained singer and full-season tenor with the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and has performed on multiple recordings, including the triple-Grammy-winning Mahler Symphony No. 8, under the baton of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. He presents and emcees at cultural events and festivals, including Litquake, and spends free time downhill-skiing and hiking the Sierra, exploring back roads of California, and sunning on the beach beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

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