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Thursday, August 14

Alton Brown Speaks, Saddens Wannabe TV Chefs in the Process

Tough news to swallow: Alton Brown doesn't necessarily think you should be on TV, just because you're a chef.

When asked by the Nashville Scene what advice he'd give to aspiring celebrity chefs, wanting to fill a void on Food Network, Alton said:
I really have no idea. It’s a mystery. One of the perhaps not-so-good things that Food Network has done is create the impression that, if you’re a chef, you should be on TV. This is not the case.

I love Alton Brown for his straightforward, no BS responses to interview questions.

Soooommmmmmmmeeee people should take this advice. =)

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At 8/14/2008 8:43 AM , Blogger Greta said...

Oh, yeah - Keep singing it, Alton!

At 8/14/2008 9:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes! thats awesome. "some people" LOL
I can also really picture him saying this

At 8/14/2008 12:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

alton is my favorite out of all the fn stars. haha some people...

At 8/14/2008 2:05 PM , Anonymous Just A Foodie said...

I agree with Alton. I know many chefs that are just in it for the fame, and they are driven by ego not passion or creativity. And most chefs are not good in front of people, let alone a TV camera.

The right mix is someone that cares about food in a way that is non-threatening to viewers, you know a non "know it all" attitude. A person that is fun and has life stories from personal experiences to share and also someone who is just naturally engaging to watch and not trying to hard to "put on" a show for people.

I don't know when it became such a mission to just get on tv ...these so called "rock star chefs".. Give me a break. I cook becasue I love it, my family shares that passion with me and because I see the beauty that is in food and cuisine. The common thread that brings cultures together.

At 8/14/2008 3:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what he says is Twue so twue!! then again perhaps he should STFU??
i am sick of seeing him on Iron Chef.....Mr Know It All...I am SO tired of his rap.......it was ridiculous on one show when he took minutes away from his real job of yapping in our faces to drag out his tired old chalk board and give a lesson on what ever the hell he was diseccting with his drawings and BS.....I am surprised he hasn't jumped into the kitchen area and shoved a chef aside to cook as well..... overkill with the AB on the FN.

At 8/14/2008 4:06 PM , Blogger Alejandro said...

Agreed. Just because one's a good chef does not automatically mean that one can do TV or should do TV. I appreciate the good chefs in the restaurants creating great dishes. There they shine. Their creativity amazes me. IMHO, it doesn't matter whether a good chef goes on to be on TV or not. But some chefs whose food I've eaten I wish would publish a cookbook! hee hee

At 8/14/2008 5:00 PM , Anonymous Tom said...

Contrast Alton with the marketing kings listed in the RR post below. "nerdy kitchen scientist will host a 90-minute cooking seminar...Tickets are still available for $60..." He did a benefit for our county library this past year that was (I think) $125 for the class & $1000 for the reception; all proceeds going to the library.

I think he's a class act.

At 8/14/2008 5:23 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Alton deserves to be on TV. Many other FN thingies don't.

Jake . Love your Scientology banner ad.

At 8/14/2008 8:58 PM , Anonymous santa's little yelper said...

ha ha ha...I clicked on the sooooooooomme people...too much!! you're a riot Jake..love that pic of Kelsey... she looks like a scared Holiday elf..

At 8/15/2008 12:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"scared hoiday elf"...lol! perfect!

Having seen Alton and interacting with him at some public appearances, I can say that he IS a class act in seemingly everything he does. A true gentleman.

I think that people who think his act is "tired", "BS" or simply uninteresting just aren't turned on by the intellectual side of cooking. And that's fine, but I think many more of us ARE, and Alton delivers the goods in entertaining, intelligent and memorable ways (pay attention, producers of Ted Allen's horrid rip-off of AB's angle!) He's the reason I gave FN a look years ago, and he's one of the increasingly few reasons I still stick around at all.

And I can't wait for Feasting on Waves!

At 8/16/2008 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, how about the reverse? Why should all these people who aren't chefs have their own shows? Jeez, I just saw Elie K. doing a "spice rub" on chicken that was composed of cumin, salt and pepper. Please. Oh, and she had an inventive dish of sauteed shrimp with basil and tomatoes on the same episode. Brilliant! I was so blown away! Oh, she also added garlic, white wine, and crushed red pepper! Amazing!

At 8/17/2008 9:17 PM , Anonymous Brian said...

Ole Alton trying to discourage competition?

At 8/18/2008 12:34 AM , Blogger Doc said...

Alton is outstanding, and one of the very, very few one can actually learn something from...!
SO much better than that ghetto trash FN keeps trying to force down our throats!!

At 8/18/2008 6:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not every chef deserves a cooking show.
You neglected to mention Food Network giving a show to Aaron McCargo who neither has personality or cooking ability.

At 8/18/2008 7:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Alton Brown - for this and many other reasons. Someone on the food network who is interesting and seems to have a brain - there's a novel concept. He and Ina should have a baby who could take over the cooking world and conquer the Neelys once and for all!!

At 8/18/2008 7:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Alton Brown - for this and many other reasons. Someone on the food network who is interesting and seems to have a brain - there's a novel concept. He and Ina should have a baby who could take over the cooking world and conquer the Neelys once and for all!!

At 12/02/2008 10:33 AM , Anonymous 4ridofrachael said...

What Alton is trying to say is that this whole idea that every chef should have their own cooking show is about as stupid as every celebrity having a talk show. Alton is intelligent, witty, and cares about bringing intelligent cooking to the masses. Yes, I've met him, and he would spoil you for ever meeting another celebrity. He's engaging and humble, the exact opposite of the self centere nimrods like Rachael Ray that flood Food Network. He doesn't have to show sexual body parts to get people to watch either, which makes his shows even more kid friendly. Great job Alton, you are the best host on FN.

At 2/18/2009 9:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to culinary school with him , he is a big shithead


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