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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 Alton Brown. He's hosted various shows, including the hit show Good Eats. Alton Brown is truly an inspiration. The New York Times refers to him as an "intermittently charming food guru."

Early Life

Born in 1962, Alton Brown 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

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. 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, 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 also published several books and cookbooks. Although Good Eats ended in 2011, he maintained a relationship with the Food Network. He's also a regular commentator and judge on Iron Chef America.

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