‘The Amazing Race’: ‘The outcome for us is a surprise every time’

Here are the answers to your questions for Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri (pictured below with the show’s host Phil Keoghan) about The Amazing Race,” which bowed its 14th edition Sunday.

I have not yet chosen a favorite team in the latest incarnation, but it’s hard not to root for filmmaker Mike White and his dad.


The Amazing Race” has won six consecutive Emmy Awards for outstanding reality program — and remains the only show to ever win that category. In addition van Munster won the 2007 Directors Guild of America award and van Munster and Doganieri — along with producing team Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Hayma Washington, Amy Chacon and Mark A. Vertullo — won the 2005 Producers Guild of America award.

Van Munster’s other credits include ABC’s “Oprah’s Big Give,” the Discovery Channel’s “Raw Nature,” ABC’s “Profiles From the Front Line,” syndicated series “Wild Things” and Fox’s long-running “Cops.” Prior to her producing career, Doganieri, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, worked in advertising and in 1994 co-founded an Internet consulting firm.

I sat down with the ever so charming Bertram and his equally charming wife and partner Elise Doganieri at the “Race” offices a couple of weeks ago. The office was a real treat for this fan of TAR. It was like a museum of previous seasons with totem poles and puzzles and other reminders of challenges past. Plus, Bertram proudly showed me two of his Emmys and his DGA Award. You’ll notice in the video behind Bertram and Elise is a painting that a local did based on the fish puzzle contestants did at a Roadblock in Zanibar during the All-Star season.


They answered all of your questions with enthusiasm. I’ve transcribed most of the answers here and will be posting the full videos shortly — as soon as I figure out the little glitch in the Flip software that makes everyone sound like they just inhaled helium. 

We’ll start with this short video where the lovely Elise announces the winner of the prize for favorite question. When I asked Bert for a prize to give out I expected a calendar or perhaps a DVD. What I got instead was this fantastic helmet from season 10 (pictured here) that one of the contestants wore in the horseback riding challenge in Mongolia. What a remarkable prize. Thanks so much Bertram and Elise! 


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