Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Alton Brown: Food Geek Chic

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM

If I looked up “food geek chic" in the Oxford English Dictionary, I would probably find the same biography that is on Alton Brown's website:

Alton Brown’s flair in the kitchen developed early with guidance from his mother and grandmother, a budding culinary talent he skillfully used later “as a way to get dates” in college. Switching gears as an adult, Alton spent a decade working as a cinematographer and video director, but realized that he spent all his time between shoots watching cooking shows, which he found to be dull and uninformative. Convinced that he could do better, Alton left the film business and moved to Vermont to train at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. Soon after, Alton tapped all of his training to create Good Eats, a smart and entertaining food show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture, and science with common cooking sense. Alton not only writes and produces the shows but also stars in each offbeat episode, which premiered in 1999 on Food Network.

Additionally, Brown is the host of Iron Chef America and an expert on the history and science of food. He is the anti-celebrity chef. He does not "bam" things and is not the cynical chain-smoking Anthony Bourdain. He is a geek and a foodie.

I met Brown on July 31 at the 2011 annual meeting for the American Culinary Federation; I am the secretary of our local chapter.

Ha! Checking meet Alton Brown of the bucket list.
  • HA! Checking "meet Alton Brown" of the bucket list.

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