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Slimmed down “Good Eats” Alton Brown celebrating 10th anniversary with live show at Cobb Energy Centre August 29

Atlanta’s popular food scientist Alton Brown is celebrating 10 years of his sturdy Food Network show “Good Eats” with two lives shows August 29 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Foodie and TV personality Ted Allen will host. He’ll interview Brown, show favorite moments on a big screen, test Brown’s own knowledge of his show vs. super fans and do interviews with show players such as local puppeteer Lucky Yates and actor Bart Hansard. They’ll even be live music from Patrick Belden, who creates the tunes on the show.

“Good Eats,” now a primetime staple on the network, has aired an incredible 220-plus episodes. “I think it’s a testament to the subject matter,” Brown said in a phone interview last month during a break from taping his commentaries for “Iron Chef America” in New York City. “Food is interesting. It’s one of the last common things people can talk about anymore as our society has gotten more fractured into micro communities.”

He’s also finally working on a “Good Eats” book based on the first 80 episodes. He started watching all those early era episodes.

While nostalgia is good, he realized he had gained more than 25 pounds over the past decade. So he decided to make a major change in his diet and exercise regimen.

The result: he shed an incredible 45 pounds in four and a half months. In fact, he’s now 20 pounds lighter than he was in 1999. His waist size is a svelte 31 inches, down from 38.

“The diet’s pretty extreme,” he said. “I’m even thinking of writing a diet fitness book.”

Brown admitted he’s a “food addict. I wasn’t someone who ate too much but eating not very good things.” For instance, he consumed plenty of sweets and alcohol. During TV shoots, he’d graze a bit too much at the craft table.

His diet doesn’t involve calorie counting. Rather, he simply excised all foods he deemed “bad.” One of his favorites — sardines — remains.
“It’s full of full omega 3 fatty acids,” he said. “It’s really high-grade protein. I also eat a huge amount of almonds.” On top of that, he consumes fruit smoothies every day and runs four miles a day.

“I’m happy with routines,” he said. “Instead of being a big fat hog, I’ll be a fit guy.”

Brown also cut out milk because it was a gateway to cake and cookies. In fact, he said he had to eat absolutely zero donuts or chocolate. “Look — if you’re a heroin addict, you can’t just have a little heroin,” he said. “I haven’t had a dessert since March.”

He still drinks fruit juice, too. Late last year, he did ads for Welch’s grape juice.

“That helped me start working toward a healthier me,” he said.

Ticket prices for the shows range from $25 to $75 for the 2 p.m. show and $25 to $175 for the 8 p.m. show. The $175 ticket includes Brown’s new book and and an after-show meet and greet.

His dedicated fans will be cheering him on. The show “is a great idea,” said Mike Mennenger, of Woodstock, who has been following the show since the beginning. “He’s more in tune with his fans than some of the Food Network stars.”

Over the years, Mennenger said, “Good Eats” has become more polished. “The show now is very clean, very straightforward. They’ve found a rhythm,” he said. The subjects of each show started basic such as pasta and tomatoes. With more than 200 shows under his belt, he has now explored the likes of cocktails and pomegranates.

“I like that he’s not standing behind a counter,” he said.

28 comments Add your comment


August 20th, 2009
9:27 am

We bought tickets for the 2PM a few weeks ago. We can’t wait!! GE is a wonderful show!


August 20th, 2009
10:35 am

Hey Rodney, doesn’t anyone, including you, proof read this stuff before you post it? “They’ll” in place of “There will,” REALLY???? And the typo “dieit,” should have been caught by any editor worthy of the title.

Not Disappointed

August 20th, 2009
10:55 am

Alton want disappoint. Good Eats! Ramblin Wreck!


August 20th, 2009
10:59 am

Enjoy it Christa, it sounds like it will be great.

Why pay someone to proof read when they can get BigGAdawg to do it for free?


August 20th, 2009
11:06 am

He ran four hours a day? wow.

Agree on the proofread.


August 20th, 2009
11:14 am

I’m traveling from WV to attend this because I’m huge Alton Brown fan! Good Eats is the best cooking show ever, congrads to Alton on 10 years!

Rodney Ho

August 20th, 2009
11:30 am

BigGADawg–no. We have no copy editors here for blogs. I’m on my own, which means I make mistakes and don’t catch everything on a second read. Thanks for the catches though!


August 20th, 2009
11:33 am

@what? My husband rides his bicycle 3-4 hours per day..

Rodney Ho

August 20th, 2009
11:38 am

Four miles a day is what I meant to write and it’s fixed.


August 20th, 2009
11:51 am

yea becky, i ride my bike 3to 4 hrs a day too…..snicker


August 20th, 2009
11:58 am

May want to check it again Rodney. Still says four hours in my browser.


August 20th, 2009
12:44 pm

$10 tickets too


August 20th, 2009
12:44 pm

I’m psyched to see Alton! Will the two shows be different?


August 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

I love Alton Brown. We made one of his turkey recipes last year for Thanksgiving and it was by far the best holiday turkey I have ever eaten esp. after finishing the Atlanta Marathon that morning.

PS. Who cares about the proof reading, I can read something three times and not see anything. Get over it, mistakes happen.


August 20th, 2009
12:54 pm

smokey, you need to be on the MIA blog if you want to talk dirty…

JTesla, spot on…

Rodney Ho

August 20th, 2009
12:56 pm

The two shows will be similar though probably not exactly the same. Food Network is taping both shows and combining the highlights into a special later in the fall.


August 20th, 2009
12:58 pm

Rodney – still says “four hours a day.”

Rodney Ho

August 20th, 2009
1:01 pm

Geez. Thanks. I placed the info in a different place and proceeded to write “four hours” again. Sheesh!


August 20th, 2009
1:10 pm

We are going to see the show on Saturday night…we got three tickets….they are going fast!! I have followed the show since the early 2000’s when I was living on the west coast but loved seeing snippets of “home”, as I grew up around many of the places that the show frequents.

Can’t wait and congrats to AB!!!!


August 20th, 2009
1:20 pm

That seems like a lot of money to charge to see a local guy. What, does he think he’s a rock star or something? I don’t watch Good Eats anymore, ever since I saw what a snotnose he was to the contestants on The Next Food Network Star. Now, Alton Brown just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.


August 20th, 2009
2:59 pm

You people need to understand the difference between the AJC blogs and the AJC News. Blogs here are what they are anywhere on the internet – writings that are written, then posted. They don’t go through the editorial process. No need to be mean (though I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised when it’s coming from a UGA Dawg). Here’s the process for me: Read the article. Comment on the content if desired. Get on with life.


August 21st, 2009
6:41 am

I’m with you Emily – I used to love to watch Good Eats until I saw how rude and snotty he was on The Next Food Network Star last season. I couldn’t believe some of the comments he made. So now I’m an ex-Alton fan.

Mary Elizabeth

August 21st, 2009
1:32 pm

We’re headed to the second show and so excited! Alton is one of my favorite Food Network personalities. I figure all that talk of food will make us hungry so I’ve also made reservations at SOHO in Vinings. Should be a great Saturday!


August 22nd, 2009
1:54 pm

Emily and just peachy must be heavy!


September 1st, 2009
11:36 pm

Don’t worry. Some folks have nothing better to do than point out flaws in others. It makes them feel good about themselves and their pathetic lives. Regardless of your errors, the article is conceptually in tact.

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January 8th, 2010
11:58 pm

I think Alton is too thin. He looks sickly to me.


January 17th, 2010
11:29 pm

Alton Brown is NOT a food scientist. He’s just a rude dilettente who reads Wikipedia five minutes before he goes on air and pretends he’s known the data since birth. The Next FN star soured me him too.

The only thing I like about him is his lemon curd recipe.