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Alton Brown Biography

Birth Name:
Alton Crawford Brown
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
TV host, chef, author

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


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