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Tuesday, September 29

"It was never my goal to be on camera" - Alton Brown

I was surprised to read that Mr. Good Eats Alton Brown never wanted to be on camera! Luckily for all the Alton-heads out there, someone saw his potential... even if it's a little wacky.

In an interview with Mediaweek, Alton said that he went to culinary school with the goal of doing a cooking show.
"I made two pilots of Good Eats shot on Super 16 film. It was never my goal to be on camera, but the investors wanted me and the budget was so low I was the only choice."

Eventually Food Network saw the pilots and wanted Alton, too.


I was in Florida all weekend, enjoying a final beach trip before Fall really started setting in. I'm full, tan, and tired now. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

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At 9/30/2009 10:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may not have been his goal to be on camera doing a food show, but I met someone who went to college with him -- he was certainly going to be a performer.

At 9/30/2009 11:23 AM , Blogger Lord of Light AZ said...

We are pretty damn lucky that they did not have money. Alton has done a lot for the "science" of cooking. He sure helps make you understand why things are done the way they are.

At 9/30/2009 2:47 PM , Blogger Alec Smart said...

We should be thankful that Brown made those tapes and that someone was able to realize his potential.

Good Eats has been an excellent program to watch. Some episodes have been OK but for the most part, the rest have been entertaining.

I think one key reason to why people can relate to Brown is that he has yet to become the egostistical fame whore many of his FN cohorts have chosen to become. A true bonafide star with actual talent. His humility is genuine.

I wonder how long he is going to stick around FN. 10 yrs is long time for any show.

At 9/30/2009 10:52 PM , Blogger Jerilyn Friedmann Burgess said...

I learn so much from Alton and love Good Eats. Now, has anyone notice how bad he looks on the promos for The Next Food Network Star? I'm a little worried about him.

At 10/01/2009 12:36 PM , Blogger MB said...

He has lost some serious weight

At 10/01/2009 4:15 PM , Blogger Jerilyn Friedmann Burgess said...

He sure has! His face and hair on that commercial look really odd.

At 10/02/2009 10:56 AM , Blogger sawslow said...

But he looks good in the Welch's grape juice commercial

At 10/02/2009 4:21 PM , Blogger Lensman158 said...

Alton is great...his shows are informational as well as entertaining, and his cast of characters is excellent, especially his "goofy sister." The show is also an excellent alternative to watching Obama's incessant 8 PM speeches.

At 10/02/2009 8:15 PM , Blogger Jerilyn Friedmann Burgess said...

Maybe it's just the lighting on the commercial for the Next Iron Chef....we'll see his "new look" soon enough!

At 10/19/2009 5:17 PM , Blogger george said...

he is one ugly motherfucker!

At 11/11/2009 3:06 PM , Blogger McGeeter said...

I love Alton and the information he presents. Last night, he was using one of those big binder clips to hold a thermometer in place in the yogurt episode ... how the hell does he think of these things? And he's not an "umf" ... I think Alton's kind of cute.


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