Alton Brown, from Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the very popular faces of the Food Network Channel. After spending a few yearsmastering videography, he mastered his culinary skills in the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. Among the numerous shows he participates in, is his first Food Network show, Good Eats. This show, that aired for almost thirteen years, does not only teach viewers on how to cook and handle certain foods and ingredients in the kitchen, it also provides knowledge and history about the foods involved. His motive to learn how to cook professionally and create this cooking show arose from the fact that while Brown was still working with cinematography and directing commercials, he was dissatisfied with the cooking shows that aired during that time. He said he thought that “[he] could do better.” With this predicament, Alton Brown decided to take the matter into his own hands and join a culinary school and create his own cooking show. Brown wrote, produced, and hosted this show himself and received numerous awards for it. Good Eats received the Peabody Award in 2007 and two James Beard Awards in 2011 for Best TV Personality and Best T.V. Food Journalism. Brown also wrote a three volume cookbook named Good Eatsthat goes with the show. This cookbook also received the James Beard Award and made the New York Times Best Seller List.
After the success of Good Eats, Brown continued to gain popularity and host other Food Network shows including Iron Chef America, Feasting on Asphalt, Feasting on Waves, Next Iron Chef, Food Network Star, and Cutthroat Kitchen. Recently this year, Brown also launched his first national tour.