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Alton Brown—An Inspiring Celebrity Chef

By Ruby Cemental

Alton Brown is an American television personality and celebrity chef best known for his appearances on the Food Network. If you're a fan of food, you've probably heard of him. He's hosted various shows, including the hit shows Good Eats and Cutthroat Kitchen. Alton is truly an inspiration. The New York Times refers to him as an "intermittently charming food guru."

Early Life

Born in 1962, Alton Brown was born in Los Angeles but moved to rural Georgia at the age of 7. According to Alton himself, he developed his cooking skills at a young age by watching his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. He also claimed he learned how to cook as a way to get dates in college. However, Alton's career didn't start in the kitchen.

Also attended the University of Georgia, where he studied film. But he never graduated. Alton left school one credit short of graduating. However, after the school changed requirements, Alton received his diploma in 2004.

He spent a decade working in film production before attending culinary school. He worked as a cinematographer and video director. Alton was in charge of photography for the video of R.E.M.'s hit "The One I Love." Even while working in the film industry, he always had a passion for cooking. During breaks, he'd watch cooking shows. He felt he could do a better job than the chef's on television.

Passion for Cooking

Alton moved to Montpelier, Vermont, for professional training at the New England Culinary Institute in 1992. His driving force was the goal of one day having his own cooking show. In 1998, Alton combined his humor with food science and history into his cooking show Good Eats. At first, the show just aired locally. In 1999 — the same year his daughter was born — the Food Network picked up his show.

Over the years, the show became one of the network's most successful shows. Alton became recognized for his wealth of knowledge and quirky personality. His food experiments and showmanship have won hearts across the country. 

In addition to being in front of the camera, Alton also published several books and cookbooks and has been a celebrity spokesperson for various brands. His book EveryDayCook features photography that was exclusively shot on a cell phone.

Although Good Eats ended in 2011, he has maintained a relationship with the Food Network. He is also a regular commentator and judge on Iron Chef America and is now the host of Cutthroat Kitchen. Alton is also planning a reboot of Good Eats which will air on Food Network in 2019.

Other Endeavors

In addition to his passion for cooking, Alton loves motorcycles. He even wrote a book on his motorcycle journeys, Feasting on Asphalt. He currently lives in Georgia with his family, as a celebrity chef, motorcyclist, scuba diver, and pilot.

And that's not all. Alton also has his own line of bow ties, launched in 2014 in collaboration with Hook + Albert. He has also voiced a character in "Spongebob Squarepants."

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