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Alton Brown ending Food Network’s ‘Good Eats’ after 249 episodes

CREDIT: AP

CREDIT: AP

Marietta food guru Alton Brown announced yesterday that after 249 episodes, he is shutting down “Good Eats,” a Food Network staple since 1999.

Beau Benton, his spokesman, confirmed that “Good Eats” will no longer be a regular series though Brown does plan three one-hour specials this year. He said Brown was not available for interviews.

Brown’s “Good Eats” has been a standard dish on Food Network’s menu for years, frequently in prime time. A fast-paced, intricately-created concoction, the show provides viewers with food history, cooking tips and oddball trivia on a single topic in Brown’s signature light-hearted and frequently sardonic tone.  Over nearly 250 episodes, he chewed on almost every food subject there is, be it olives, steak or  bouillabaisse. With some common staples like pasta or eggs, he’s done multiple episodes. And he’d hire local actors to play goofy parts.

One of those actors, Vickie Eng, who played the mysterious W character on about 30 episodes, said Brown put “blood, sweat and tears” into the show as director, writer and star. Her favorite moment was dangling from the ceiling Tom Cruise/”Mission Impossible” style for an episode on oysters.

Bobby Flay, another Food Network staple, said in an interview yesterday that he admires Brown for his “encyclopedic knowledge” of food and how he’s able to leverage that in multiple arenas.

Brown owns a 15,000-square-foot studio in Atlanta where he has shot “Good Eats.” Much of his staff and crew has been with him for years, a testament to his good works as a boss. “Everybody there is like family,” Eng said.

The Welch’s spokesman and author recently re-signed a new contract with Food Network and has an entrenched job with “Iron Chef” and its various incarnations. Undoubtedly, he has another show idea in his fridge.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

89 comments Add your comment

Reds

May 12th, 2011
4:07 pm

Jack

May 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

Jack

May 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

ew

May 12th, 2011
4:11 pm

Buzzjob 1

May 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

Really, the best of the best cooking shows. Hate to see this ultra entertaining half hour go away.Hopefully, we’ll continue to see the retuns.

Mich

May 12th, 2011
4:15 pm

No!!!!!! This is my FAVORITE show!!!! ***tears***

Reality Bites

May 12th, 2011
4:15 pm

well……poop. Testament to Ga that several of Food Network stars live/work/play here.

Singu

May 12th, 2011
4:29 pm

Tant pis. Cannot stand his puerile Middle School drama meets Bill Nye the Science Guy approach.

jimintn

May 12th, 2011
4:36 pm

NOOOO!!! Alton don’t do it!

faninmarietta

May 12th, 2011
4:36 pm

No doubt AB will have something bigger and better up his multi-talented sleeve. Have faith people!!

msrat

May 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

oh no…I’m going to miss this….one of my fav FN shows…bye Alton, see you on Iron Chef America.

jarvis

May 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

It was a good run, but I have to agree with Alton, it was time for him to do something new.

I just hope it’s not another competition show….too much of those on FN. Cupcake Wars? Really?

barneyb

May 12th, 2011
4:49 pm

I hate it that good Eats will end……but hope to see more of Alton Brown on all sorts of other shows. Good Eats was a great foor educaitonal program. God Bless Mr. Brown in all his endeavors!

Baltisraul

May 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

Do I smell a rat here? Is this another power play by the ever hateful Food Network. The most mean-spirited group of network executive that ever gathered at a conference table. maybe Alton has a reason not to make a comment right now. He may be dodging kitchen knives being thrown at him by the FN top brass.

DK

May 12th, 2011
4:57 pm

A little Alton goes a long way. He is a cartoon character,

GadgetGeek

May 12th, 2011
5:01 pm

Matt

May 12th, 2011
5:03 pm

Excellent…now there is even MORE room on the “Food” Channel for yet another competition show. *sarcasm off*

Steve

May 12th, 2011
5:07 pm

I enjoyed the show, quite a bit the first few years, but I think it is time. The two part water episode was a few years ago, and I thought that might be the shark moment. Still, it leaves room for the trash reality cake series for FoodTV. It looks like they are not chasing that market.

Scholar

May 12th, 2011
5:07 pm

Can’t wait to see what you have in store, Alton. I hope we haven’t seen the last of you in the kitchen.

Gettin' Wiggy With It...

May 12th, 2011
5:22 pm

Bon appetit!

Rick

May 12th, 2011
5:23 pm

Hopefully he will have another food road trip in store. The “Feasting on” was my favorite thing ever on Food Network.

bonnie

May 12th, 2011
5:29 pm

love you Alton!!! I hope you do have a new show coming out, you are the best of FN

Cat Flay Morimoto

May 12th, 2011
5:30 pm

He is a hack. Never had the guts to compete on Iron Chef just sat back and played mouthpiece for the good chefs. He doesent deserve a show. Perhaps he can be a checkout clerk at the Whole Foods he loves soo much. Alton your a coward and a phony. Buh Buy

Matt

May 12th, 2011
5:37 pm

@Cat…what a truly bizarre comment.

Absolutely not

May 12th, 2011
5:37 pm

Alton went to a prestigious culinary school, NECI. Far from phony in my opinion. OH and it’s “YOU’RE”, by the way, Cat Flay Morimoto.

Cat Flay Morimoto

May 12th, 2011
5:50 pm

Thank you for the English lesson. My anger got the better of me. I am well aware of his background. It is impressive. He not only has a culinary background but also a chemistry background. He has been asked to compete on Iron Chef several times. In fact he could BE an Iron chef if he wanted to but he refused. Even Rachel Ray who is not a chef had the guts to go on the show…and won. I have no respect for him. He is a phony.

steve brown

May 12th, 2011
5:55 pm

Continued great success.

Tommy Maddox

May 12th, 2011
5:58 pm

Please keep the good shows coming – especially the “Feasting on” shows.

See ya @ Superior…

We_will_miss_u_Alton

May 12th, 2011
5:58 pm

Feasing on asphalt was a great show!—

We_will_miss_u_Alton

May 12th, 2011
6:06 pm

Alton will be missed!–and by the way–why waste time competing on the show when you make more money hosting it and producing your own shows?

Alton is Georgia Bulldawg too.

I am sure he will Flourish wherever he ends up.

Bino

May 12th, 2011
6:16 pm

Where did you get your shirts…love the shirts!! By the way, also enjoyed “good eats!”

LW

May 12th, 2011
6:29 pm

I hate to see this show end – I learned a great deal about food & cooking from Good Eats. And Alton was always entertaining.

fellow bulldawg

May 12th, 2011
6:48 pm

noooo!!!!!!!! don’t end. LOVE that show :( (

Mike

May 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

This was the only show that dove into food science, as opposed to being a competition or “Watch me eat and moan” food show. I learned a lot from Good Eats and was also entertained. This will be sorely missed.

Drew

May 12th, 2011
7:02 pm

Awesome… now the Food Network can drop any pretense of being about cooking and just do stupid game shows and reality shows about cake-making. Oh, and following Guy Fieri around. He’s so money.

alton fan

May 12th, 2011
8:02 pm

(chant) NO NO, Please don’t go, NO NO, Please don’t go. I love good eats and I hate cupcake wars. I will still follow him and watch any other show he is on, Iron Chef included. Don’t matter to mei f he is announcing or competin. NO NO, Please don’t go! :(

G.J.GERACCI

May 12th, 2011
8:05 pm

I have enjoyed every program I,ve seen .ALTON made learning about food a real thing for those who couldn,t boil water . I have cooked at my own place and folks still talk about it .That doesn,t mean I would go on IRON CHEF . There,s too many competitive shows today . Let,s learn without all this T.V. angst !! Good luck ALTON on any future endeavor !

Mitchell

May 12th, 2011
9:01 pm

Maybe in his next show he can not cut to commercial when he’s right in the middle of doing something.

I enjoy the show when I catch it and find Mr. Brown to be somewhat entertaining on occasion but my God, the editing of that show is terrible.

The commercial breaks just come from out of nowhere and completly ruin the pacing of the program.

It’s really annoying.

Mitchell

May 12th, 2011
9:04 pm

Mike

May 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

This was the only show that dove into food science, as opposed to being a competition or “Watch me eat and moan” food show. I learned a lot from Good Eats and was also entertained. This will be sorely missed.

I definitely learned a lot watching it over the years and it had it’s moments.

But does anybody else agree that always right when you were really getting into an episode they would cut away to some random piece of trivia and then a three minute commercial break?

I mean, really.

TRIP

May 12th, 2011
9:25 pm

Has anyone else noticed the parallel to the old MTV that FN seems to be living? A Music station without music and a food network without cooking shows?

Joey M

May 12th, 2011
9:57 pm

Today is a sad sad day. The reason I started watching Food Network is leaving. And with him, I will be going.

dsm

May 12th, 2011
10:20 pm

@matt, I truly agree, what a bizarre comment.

I won’t leave, I like the competitions for learning techniques too. Will miss Brown, but I always liked his specials better anyway.

BigGAdawg

May 13th, 2011
1:37 am

I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the Food Professor. I sure hope not.

michaeleville

May 13th, 2011
1:46 am

A.Brown is the Joy of Cooking on T V. Maybe he goes on the new O network.

Ari Northington

May 13th, 2011
2:03 am

Alton will be missed. Let’s hope FN does not add another cake show in place of Good Eats; no more competition shows either. Goodness knows FN needs a new gimmick.

JAXX of ATL

May 13th, 2011
7:20 am

I agree with Rick 5:23pm. I too ride a motorcycle and hope AB makes Feasting on Asphalt one of his specials. I have riden to a couple of spots featured on his shows.

dod

May 13th, 2011
7:26 am

JPop

May 13th, 2011
7:30 am

The show he did about chile; where he played a rootin’ tootin’ wild west cowboy, was one of the funniest TV shows I’ve ever seen. Thanks Alton.

James

May 13th, 2011
7:47 am

Great show;Gonna miss you A.B. Very funny show.

Doris M

May 13th, 2011
8:13 am

I truly enjoyed watching Good Eats and learned a lot about the science behind cooking. I think I’ve seen almost all the episodes. I also enjoyed watching the Feasting on Asphalt shows. Alton is too popular for FN to just let him fade away; there’s a new show in there somewhere and I am eagerly awaiting it.