Alton Crawford Brown

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Alton Brown

Full name: Alton Crawford Brown

Place of birth: Los Angeles, CA

Date of birth: July 30, 1962

Early family or work history:

Alton Brown’s flair in the kitchen developed early with guidance from his mother and grandmother, a budding culinary talent he skillfully used later “as a way to get dates” in college. Switching gears as an adult, Alton spent a decade working as a cinematographer and commercial director, but realized that he spent all his time between shoots watching cooking shows, which he found to be dull and uninformative. Convinced that he could do better, Alton left the film business and moved north to train at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT. Soon after, Alton tapped all of his experience to create Good Eats, a smart and entertaining food show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture, and science with common cooking sense. Alton wrote, produced, and hosted the show for 13 years for The Food Network.


Personal Traits:

Brown lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. He likes flying airplanes, riding motorcycles and can hold his own on both guitar and saxophone. He has a Nobel acceptance speech all ready and in his wallet.


His Shows:

Good Eats, Iron Chef America, Feasting on Asphalt, Feasting on Waves, Next Iron Chef, Food Network Star, Cutthroat Kitchen


Education or Training:

University of Georiga

New England Culinary Instituite


Degrees or certificates earned:

Good Eats was recognized as a Peabody Award winner in April of 2007, a distinguished prize presented for excellence in broadcast news, education and entertainment. In 2011, Brown was awarded his second James Beard award, this time for outstanding television host. Cooking Channel airs the series approximately sixteen times each week.


FACS Careers or Occupation:

Current Career:

Alton Crawford Brown is an American television personality, celebrity chef, author, actor, and cinematographer.

About Alton::..

Alton Crawford Brown Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 30, 1962. His parents, who were originally from north Georgia, moved the family back to the state when Brown was seven. After high school, Brown attended LaGrange College in LaGrange and majored in business. He then transferred to the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, where he studied filmmaking. He left UGA in 1985 one credit hour short of the graduation requirement (although he later obtained his degree).