40 Facts About Alton Brown


Alton Brown is the creator and host of the Food Network television show Good Eats that ran for 14 seasons, host of the miniseries Feasting on Asphalt and Feasting on Waves, and host and main commentator on Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen.


Alton Brown was born July 30,1962, in Los Angeles, California.


Alton Brown died on Alton's last day of sixth grade from an apparent suicide.


Alton Brown was dissatisfied with the quality of cooking shows airing on American television, so he set out to produce his own show.


Alton Brown says he was a poor science student in high school and college, but he focused on the subject to understand the underlying processes of cooking.


Alton Brown is outspoken in his shows about his dislike of single-purpose kitchen utensils and equipment such as garlic presses and margarita machines, although he adapts a few traditionally single-purpose devices, such as rice cookers and melon ballers, into multipurpose tools.


Many of the Good Eats episodes feature Alton Brown building makeshift cooking devices in order to point out that many of the devices sold at conventional "cooking" stores are simply fancified hardware store items.


In May 2011, Alton Brown announced an end to Good Eats after 14 seasons.


Alton Brown relaunched the show in two versions: as Good Eats Reloaded on Cooking Channel, and on Food Network as Good Eats: The Return in August 2019.


On July 13,2021, Alton Brown announced that Good Eats: The Return would not be returning for a third season.


In 2004, Alton Brown appeared on Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters.


Alton Brown served as the expert commentator, a modified version of the role played by Dr Yukio Hattori in the original show.


Alton Brown served as the host for all five seasons of the spin-off The Next Iron Chef.


Alton Brown includes a "history of food" segment documenting famous road trips and interviews many of the foodies he meets en route.


The third season uses the title Feasting on Waves and has Alton Brown traveling the Caribbean by boat in search of local cuisine.


In 2013, Alton Brown began hosting the cooking competition series Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network.


In 2018, Alton Brown hosted Season 18 of Worst Cooks in America as the blue team mentor.


Brown mounted a second tour show, Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, in 2016.


All totaled, Alton Brown's shows have played over 225 dates including Broadway.


Alton Brown has been quoted as saying his final tour will launch in the fall of 2020.


Alton Brown served as a mentor on Season 8 of The Next Food Network Star alongside Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis.


Alton Brown guest-starred in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants titled House Fancy where he provides the voice of Nicholas Withers, the host of the titular show.


Alton Brown appeared on the Travel Channel show The Layover with Anthony Bourdain which focused on the city of Atlanta in 2013.


Alton Brown voiced Yum Labouche in Big Hero 6: The Series.


Alton Brown appeared on episode 196 of MythBusters titled "Food Fables".


Alton Brown was scheduled to appear in a summer 2020 episode, as he revealed in a livestream in March 2020, however did not happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Alton Brown has done commercial work for General Electric products, including five infomercials touting the benefits of GE refrigerators, washers and dryers, water purifiers, Trivection ovens, and dishwashers.


Alton Brown has aided GE in developing a new type of oven.


Alton Brown was initially called by GE to help their engineers learn more about the effects of heat on food; that grew into an active cooperation to develop GE's Trivection oven.


Alton Brown has promoted Colgate toothpaste, Dannon yogurt, Welch's, Shun knives, and Heifer International.


In 2012, Alton Brown gained popularity by pioneering the use of humorous "Analog Tweets", wherein he posts pictures of hand-drawn Twitter responses on Post-it Notes which he has stuck to his computer monitor.


Alton Brown was once a motorcycling enthusiast, although he no longer owns one.


Additionally, Alton Brown is an airplane pilot, and was featured in the aviation magazine AOPA Flight Training.


Alton Brown owned two planes, a Cessna 206 and a Cessna 414.


Alton Brown enjoys vintage watches and wore a different watch for every season of Good Eats; this was used in production to quickly identify which season a clip is from.


Twenty years after the Omega Seamaster watch his father left him was stolen, Alton Brown bought it from an eBay seller and had it restored.


Alton Brown changed his eating habits in 2009 in order to lose weight and become healthier, losing 50 pounds over the course of nine months.


Alton Brown discussed his Christian beliefs in a 2010 interview with Eater.


In November 2020, Alton Brown declared on Twitter that he has almost always voted Republican, but that the 2016 United States Presidential Election was the first time he considered voting for a Democrat since Michael Dukakis in 1988.


Alton Brown supported Joe Biden in the 2020 US Presidential Election, as well as Democrats running in US Senate races in Georgia.