Alton Brown is an American television personality, food show presenter, chef, author, cinematographer, and musician who is well known as the creator and host of the popular Food Network television show, “Good Eats”. The show that ran for 14 seasons was an instant hit and the most popular cookery show of his career that established him as a charismatic expert on cooking.
Brown also got recognition as the host of the miniseries, “Feasting on Asphalt”, “Feasting on Waves”, “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”.
On basis of his experience in writing books, Brown has written several books on food and cooking, letting him become a best-selling author. In November 2020, Brown got involved in media controversy when he has to apologize after making “flippant” remarks about the Holocaust on Twitter which he claimed to remark on the current political climate and not to Holocaust.
Besides, Brown is quite active on social media sites with over 839k followers on Instagram: @altonbrown and over 4.5 million followers on Twitter: @altonbrown.
What is Alton Brown’s claim to fame?
As the celebrity chef who produced and hosted “Good Eats,” he is well-known.
Alton Brown was born in the United States.
Alton Brown was born in the United States on July 30, 1962, in Los Angeles. Alton Crawford Brown Jr. is his birth name. He is an American citizen. Brown is of White ethnicity, and his zodiac sign is Leo.
Alton Brown was born into a wealthy family, but his parents divorced shortly after he was born. Alton Brown Sr., Alton’s father, was a well-known media executive who owned the radio station WRWH and published the newspaper “White County News.” However, Alton’s father died reportedly by suicide when he was just 12 years old, and his mother remarried soon after.
The incident occurred on Alton’s last day of sixth grade. Despite personal difficulties, Alton managed to pursue his career by enrolling at the University of Georgia to study film and drama.
He began cinematography and film production shortly after graduation, with his first works on several music videos, including R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” Even though he was talented in cinematography, he has always had a passion for cooking, and he used to watch cooking shows with zeal when he was younger.
He enrolled and graduated from New England Culinary Institute in 1997 after choosing to pursue a career as a chef.
Highlights of Alton Brown’s Career
Alton Brown started his professional culinary career with the launch of his own Food Network and Cooking Channel program, “Good Eats.” The show was remarkable in that it mixed cooking innovations with satire, science, and technique, making it an immediate success with viewers.
It is even his most famous cooking show, having aired for 14 seasons and nearly 12 years between 1998 and 2012. In 2006, his show was nominated for a Peabody Award and was nominated for a Best TV Food Journalism Award.
Brown relaunched the show twice, with “Good Eats Reloaded on Cooking Channel” in 2018 and “Good Eats: The Return” in August 2019.
In 2004, Brown appeared on the cooking show “Iron Chef America: War of the Masters” as an expert commentator.
After that, he hosted the spin-off “The Next Iron Chef” for all five seasons.
“Feasting on Asphalt,” Brown’s third cooking program, debuted on Food Network on July 29, 2006. The series aired from 2007 to 2008 under the names “Feasting on Asphalt 2: The River Race” and “Feasting on Waves.”
He also guest-starred on Nickelodeon’s TV shows “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Myth Busters” and mentored on Season 8 of “The Next Food Network Star.”
Brown hosted the Food Network culinary competition series “Cutthroat Kitchen” in 2013.
In October 2013, Brown began his first national tour, “Alton Brown Live: The Edible Inevitable Tour.”
He also joined the Nerdist Podcast Network with “The Alton Brown cast” and became a part of “The Layover.”
In 2016, he launched his second tour, “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science.”
Brown was involved with his shows “Pantry Raide” and “Quarantine Quitchen” from his home during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Two James Beard Awards have been bestowed upon her.
In 2003, he won the Best Book Award for his first book, “I’m Only Here for the Food.” In 2007, he won the Peabody Award for “Good Eats.”
In 2011, he received the Broadcast Media Award.
Wife of Alton Brown
Alton Brown has been married twice. Deanna Brown, who was also an executive producer on “Healthy Eats,” was his first wife. They had a daughter named Zoey in 1999 and separated in 2015 after several years of marriage. Brown got engaged to his new partner, Elizabeth Ingram, nearly three years after his divorce. Alton married Ingram, an Atlanta-based restaurant designer, on a boat in Charleston, South Carolina on September 29, 2018.
They have two dogs: Francis Luther, a terrier, and Scabigail Van Buren, a Boston terrier/pug hybrid. Currently, the couple resides in Marietta, Georgia, where they enjoy a happy life. Brown is also a professional pilot who owns two planes: a Cessna 206 and a Cessna 414. He used to be a motorcycle enthusiast but quit in 2012.
Alton Brown’s Salary
Alton Brown has quite good earnings from his profession as a popular television personality, food show presenter, chef, and author. Having his career started in 1988, Brown has managed to come a long way up becoming one of the prominent celebrity chefs. With his earnings from his several shows, Brown has managed to amass a healthy fortune estimated to be around $13 million.
Brown also makes money from his several commercial works including for General Electric products, Colgate toothpaste, Dannon yogurt, Welch’s, Shun knives, Heifer International, and Healthy Choice’s line.
Alton Brown’s Height
Alton Brown is a good-looking man with a well-maintained athletic body physique in his late 40s. He stands tall with a height of 5ft. 10inches.(1.78m) while his body weighs around 78kg(171 lbs). He has a fair complexion with bald hair and a pair of brown eyes.
Back in 2009, Brown lost weight and became healthier which he mentioned and described the details on “Live and Let Diet” of ‘Good Eats’.