This week in chef-o-logy, we feature a chef who's different, and is loved more for his sense of humour and style than his cooking. Yup, you guessed it right, I speak of the legendary Alton Brown, the funny guy with the spectacles who makes you laugh on Food Network, and who is also a "scientifically-correct" cook! The way he hosts the show "Good Eats" makes me feel informed and satisfied. The details that he shares about every ingredient, all in his humorous ways goes a long way in appealing to the chef in all of us!
Name: Alton Brown
Family: Wife DeAnna and daughter Zoey
Born on: July 30th, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA
Famous Shows: Good Eats, Iron Chef America, Feasting on Asphalt
Famous Books: I'm Just Here for Food, Alton Brown's Gear for your Kitchen
Trivia: Is an ardent fan of the apple (not just the fruit, the mac too!)
Born in Los Angeles, Mr. Brown received a degree in drama from the University of Georgia. He then worked in cinematography and film production (and still does) before he noticed that he was very dissatisfied with the quality of cooking shows currently airing on American television, so he set out to produce his own show. He wished to bring his own unique style to cooking and his show, so that people could be entertained, and at the same time learn something fascinating and interesting. To realize this dream, he enrolled in the New England Culinary Institute, as cooking was not his forte. He worked really hard to understand the basics of cooking and graduated in 1995 with his first culinary degree. Though Food was his first love, he could not forget about television, and while struggling with restaurant and catering jobs, he was busy planning a new kind of cooking show, one that would entertain and inform with wit and humor—"something for his sitcom-and-fast-food-junkie generation". With that in mind, he started writing Good Eats, a show that combines his passion for food with quirky pop culture. launched his own show "Good Eats", which soon became highly popular on Food Network.
The rest is history! He is often described as a culinary version of Mr. Wizard or Bill Nye because he brings a scientific and humorous approach to his cooking shows. He is also the commentator on the show Iron Chef America, and currently hosts the show called "Feasting on Asphalt". He has a huge fan following, and in May 2003 he published his first book "I'm Just Here for the Food" which won a James Beard Foundation Book Award in the Reference category.
My husband loves to watch him on TV, with his nerdy geek-like look and his witty remarks. There is a Good Eats Fan Page too, but you are most welcome to leave your comments on this post itself and show your fanaticism for the cherished chef -Alton Brown!