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Alton Brown Opens Up


This weekend I was lucky enough to attend Alton Brown's demonstration at the NYC Wine and Food Festival. The demo was a part of a Kidz Kitchen series, so the studio was packed with aspiring young cooks.

In person, Brown — who's a bit weary-looking with longer, shaggy hair — is comical, scientific, and jokingly insulting. Watching a chef cook live is an interesting experience, especially when they answer the audience members' questions.

To get up close and personal with Alton Brown and find out what he had to say,

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His advice for wannabe chefs: Invest in a pair of good shoes and have a family of wealth. Chefs are on their feet all day and don't make much money for their grueling effort.

Favorite Good Eats episode: Not surprisingly, it's an episode that has yet to air. Brown promoted his show, which recently shot its 200th episode and encouraged the audience to check out the upcoming Halloween special. The episode has a Sweeney Todd theme and looks at meat pies. It was Brown's favorite to shoot because he taped the entire show with a fake British accent.How his life changed after being on the Food Network: He upgraded his level of personal hygiene. For example, he no longer picks his nose while driving. He's afraid someone will catch him doing it and take a picture!

His favorite thing to make: "What I'm about to make!"

What's next for the Feasting series? While no finalized plans have been determined, Brown says they are considering doing either train or air travel (Brown is a pilot) for the next season of Feasting.

Does he consider himself a scientist?: No he doesn't. Brown thinks of himself as a science buff, but he doesn't wear a white coat or work in a laboratory.

What do you think of Alton Brown? Have you ever been to one of his demonstrations?


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FNCrazy FNCrazy 7 years
ooh...feasting on tracks or feasting on wings...Alton's always got something up his sleeve!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 7 years
I love this guy. As an Atlanta resident, I'm always keeping an eye out at Whole Foods or Harry's Farmer's Market (2 of the places he frequents to source ingredients) in hopes I'll catch a glimpse of him!
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I like Alton Brown, but he does a lot of ridiculous stuff that nobody would do, and takes a lot of time doing it. I have a husband and two kids, I don't have the time or the energy to make my own liquid smoke or beer! But he's entertaining! His show is getting a little repetitive, but I like him on Iron Chef America.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
Hey everyone, so I changed the text a little, he was insulting, but in a joking sort of way. He made fun of everyone. The boy who volunteered, the audience, the Food Network, Rachael Ray, even himself! After reading this recap, he would probably insult me.
jessie jessie 7 years
:rotfl:...moobs...caterpillargirl..i was thinking the same thing..but didn't type it...lmao..
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
when did he get Moobies?
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
His show is very informative, but I think his tone is annoying.
jessie jessie 7 years
my hubs and i love his show!!! one of the very few show i would actually watch when we had t.v. he made it fun! :D
digigirl digigirl 7 years
I have seen him at a live demo - in Austin a couple of years ago. He made bright green cake frosting from avocados. We found him to be comical, scientific and NOT AT ALL insulting! In fact, we were amazed at how patient and friendly he was with all of his fans. There was a HUGE long line of people who had showed up to have him sign books after his demo, and he stayed well past his scheduled time to make sure that every single person got to meet him, shook each person's hand, looked each person in the eye and spoke to them while signing their book. We were lucky enough to be early, but we sat and watched him for a long time afterward, and saw his handlers coming to tell him he was over his schedule - and watched him wave them away so he could give his attention to his fans. I think he's great!
roxyb roxyb 7 years
Ok, I think I have to agree with...well...most people posting that we need more clarification on the "insulting" comment. I have always been a big fan of his show(s) and have rented a vaca house several times from the producer of Good Eats which only solidified my love for him and the show!
superfoxml superfoxml 7 years
I love Alton and his shows..he's really creative and informative, and I'm sorry that you think he's insulting.
puddinpie puddinpie 7 years
Well I don't know if he was insulting at this particular event, but perhaps yumsugar is referring to the statements Alton Brown made about obese people "waddling" up to him to have their books signed at press events. He said something like those people should put the fork down or something to that effect.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Best person on the network.
miseenplace miseenplace 7 years
I love Alton Brown! I've been to 3 of his events. He so witty in person and usually rips pretty hard on other Food Network people. :)
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 7 years
I love Alton Brown. Good Eats is my favorite cooking show, since it's really written for scientists! I love how he explains the science behind food and cooking . . . I've even used clips of it in my classroom (I teach high school Chem).
christie1 christie1 7 years
Insulting? How come? That was sort of an "off" comment... Anyway, I love AB- I don't have cable anymore, but I used to watch Good Eats all the time.
TrnSmleShiftRpt TrnSmleShiftRpt 7 years
I was also curious as to what they meant by that, too, eshellmoyer.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
Wait, why is he incredibly insulting? That seems like a strong statement to not back up with any other info.
spacebear spacebear 7 years
when i had cable i used to watch his show all the time! he's fun to watch.
mollywog mollywog 7 years
I'd love to see him live! I really enjoy his shows, doesn't matter if it's Iron Chef or Good Eats or one of his traveling shows, I love all of them. The thing I really like about his traveling shows is that it's more about the food and the people cooking it than it is about him, which is a lot more than I can say for some of the other shows they have on!
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
I love Good Eats and I have learned so much about cooking that I never would have learned watching the Rachel or Bobby. Alton Brown makes cooking a science and lots of fun!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
well i can say that there are few people who know as much about food as he does and are able to explain it in laymen's terms. i used to ADORE him and there was a patch of time that i got tired of seeing him, but i do really enjoy his shows and his wealth of knowledge. i think that he's honest and knows who his audience are. as for the feating series well he can ride a motorcycle, sail on a boat and fly - what CAN'T this man do?
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