Fast Facts

  • Credits his mother and grandmother for inspiring his interest in the culinary arts.
  • Is a motorcycle enthusiast.
  • Started out as a cinematographer and director of videos and commercials; was the director of photography on the music video for REM's "The One I Love."
  • Switched careers when he noticed a dearth of quality cooking shows on TV.
  • His first book, I'm Just Here for the Food, won the 2003 James Beard Award.
  • His signature show, Good Eats, won him a coveted Peabody Award in 2007 for excellence in broadcast news, education and entertainment.
  • Is a licensed pilot.


  • DeAnna Brown — Ex-wife
  • Zoey Brown — Daughter


  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States (1986); New England Culinary Institute, Montpelier, Vermont, United States (1997)


  • Birth Name: Alton Crawford Brown
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: TV host, Chef, Author

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