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VIDEO: Alton Brown Dishes About 'Next Iron Chef,' Kitchen Gadgets & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 2nd 2009 3:00PM
Alton BrownThe title of Iron Chef is not something the Food Network takes lightly, which is why they gather only the best chefs from around the world to compete to become 'The Next Iron Chef.'

As host, commentator and all around cooking guru on 'Iron Chef America,' Alton Brown has seen it all in Kitchen Stadium. Leading the reality competition once again for season 2 (premeires Sun., Oct. 4, 9PM ET on Food Network), Brown opened up exclusively to AOL TV about what it takes to win the title. "We're looking for something very specific," Brown admits. "We're looking for people that can tell stories with their food."

But how does he always know what the chefs are cooking up to tell those stories? (Something about pattern recognition.) And would he ever compete on 'Iron Chef' himself? (This question gets a big laugh out of him.) Lastly, I had to know -- after touting the usefulness of so many kitchen gadgets on his other hit show, 'Good Eats,' what's his favorite multi-tasking tool? (Panini, anyone?)

Click here to watch the full interview ...

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VIDEO The Show Girl: Alton Brown, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'The Naughty Kitchen' & More!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 25th 2009 9:00AM
Curb Your EnthusiasmYou've got questions? I've got answers. I'm The Show Girl!

This week, Alton Brown serves up some scoop on 'The Next Iron Chef,' I get pumped for the 'Seinfeld' reunion on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and a reality cooking show heats up on Oxygen. (OK, OK ... so I completely forgot to talk 'Private Practice' as promised this week, but I'll make it up to you with a full video Q&A with Amy Brenneman here.)

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong

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Food Network Star runner-up gets a show, too!

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 18th 2009 1:01PM
Jeffrey_saad_Food_NetworkRemember how in Miss America, the emcee would always say that in the event that Miss America cannot fulfill her duties, the first runner up would step in? Apparently that's how it works with The Next Food Network Star, too. Just three weeks after Melissa D'Arabian was declared the winner, her number one challenger -- the guy who placed second -- Jeffrey Saad has been given his own show. It's not on the network, but it's a show nonetheless.

According to Food Network honcho Bob Tuschman's blog, Jeffrey Saad will be doing a mini-series on the web site -- exclusively for now -- called The Spice Smuggler. The premise is based on the Alton Brown directed pilot that Jeffrey presented in the finale of The Next Food Network Star.

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Alton Brown jumps off the asphalt and into the water in new series

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 15th 2008 11:02AM

Alton Brown takes to the water in a new Food Network seriesOver the last two years Food Network's Alton Brown has taken to America's roads less traveled in the Feasting on Asphalt series in order to find the little known jewels that were left behind as the Interstates began to rule the country. Along the way, Alton and his crew dined on alligator, various pieces of pig that are not normally consumed by the general public, sweet bread sandwiches, and lots and lots of doughnuts. Now, filled with fried dough and cow brains, Alton has decided to get off of his motorcycle and see what other delicacies are out there in warm waters of the Caribbean.

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Ted Allen to host new show for Food Network

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 11th 2008 1:39PM
Ted AllenIt sounds like the Food Network has finally come up with a show that will compliment Alton Brown's Peabody-award winner Good Eats. The foodiest member of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Ted Allen, has signed to host Food Detectives, a new Food Network series. Starting Tuesday, July 29th at 9 o'clock ET, the half-hour show will begin illuminating the world about the stuff we eat. They will be "pulling back the curtain and revealing the answers to some of the most puzzling food mysteries."

Actually, the concept is kind of like a Mythbusters for food. Ted will host the show and folks from Popular Science Magazine will provide the expertise. For instance, does an apple a day keep the doctor away? What about baked beans, do they really give you gas? If not, what's Beano going to do with all those commercials and product?

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Feasting On Asphalt: The River Run - DVD Review

by Richard Keller, posted May 2nd 2008 6:24PM

Alton Brown is a unique commodity on Food Network. In an environment where most of the action is in front of the stove or above the cutting board, Brown's Good Eats takes us beyond that. Sometimes it's to the origins of the food or the recipe; other times it's into the science of how all of the ingredients of a particular combination of foods work together. He does this with a bit of nerdiness, a bit of hipness, and a good amount of humor.

When he took his love for food on the road in the first Feasting on Asphalt it produced a very successful mini-series that showed the non-corporate side of America's eateries. It also showed us some of the small cities and towns, and their personalities, that we don't normally see off of the interstate at our Applebee's booth.

Now, his second series of Asphalt is out on DVD. While not as fresh as the first series (and, what is the second time around?) it is still a fascinating look into the America that has been nearly forgotten as the corporations took over the country. You'll want to savor this journey because, frankly, that's about all there is in this 3-DVD set.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2008 10:04AM

Dawn WellsWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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Oui, Wii! Iron Chef: America becomes a video game

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2008 4:22PM
Iron Chef logoHere's a video game that promises to slice up the competition. A cut above. It will serve up a dish full of fun for gamers everywhere. It'll be... All right, you get it. Food cliches. Chop-chop. But, seriously, in a marriage between the Food Network and United Media, Iron Chef: America is coming to the home market. Destineer today announced plans to publish the video game Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine exclusively for the Wii system and Nintendo DS. It's based on the popular food network competition show, which in turn is based on the original Iron Chef in Japan, produced by Fuji Television.

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Chef Irvine gets axed

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2008 8:03AM
Chef Robert IrvineRemember when you were young and your parents told you things like "cheaters never prosper"? Well, it's true. (All right, not all the time, but at least this time!) As TV Squad reported recently, Chef Robert Irvine, star of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible, has been hoist on his own petard. Now that the truth is out -- that he lied and padded his resume -- the network has dumped him. His fire has been extinguished. Dinner: Impossible will go on, but not with Chef Irvine as chief cook and chef extraordinaire.

Food Network president Brooke Johnson said in a statement, "We appreciate Robert's remorse about his actions, and we can revisit this decision at the end of the production cycle, but for now we will be looking for a replacement host."

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Food Network wants three more years of Alton Brown

by Kristin Sample, posted Jan 7th 2008 8:22PM
Alton Brown with his knivesThe Food Network is making headlines lately! They have not renewed Emeril Lagasse's nightly Live show and recently declined carrying Mario Batali's new series. So, who does the Food Network want? Apparently, they want Alton Brown who they just signed to a three year deal. Brown will continue to host Iron Chef America, continue to produce and host his show Good Eats, and he's getting a new show called Feasting on Waves (a follow-up to Feasting on Asphalt).

Why so much Alton? The Food Network is aggressively pushing for a younger audience. Bob Tuschman, Senior VP, said that their campaign is working citing that the average age of the network's audience dropped from 50 in 2003 to 46 in 2007. Wow, what a big drop! (Note the sarcasm.)

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TCM is letting celebrities pick the movies in November

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2007 10:36AM

Martha StewartWe first told you about this back in August, and now the complete list is out: Turner Classic Movies is letting celebrities program the network for the month of November. Each celeb is picking three or four films, and here are a few of the more interesting choices (it started Thursday with Alfred Molina's picks).

Whoopi Goldberg likes A Face in the Crowd and Funny Girl. Jerry Stiller likes A Night At The Opera. Kermit The Frog loves dancing to Singin' In The Rain and The Band Wagon. Martha Stewart would probably have some decorating ideas as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

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Celebrities pick their favorite movies for TCM

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 29th 2007 2:19PM

Martha StewartTurner Classic Movies has asked several well-known celebrities to pick their favorite movies, which will be shown every night throughout November, and I have to say I'm very impressed with their picks.

Some of the choices fit the celeb. For example, Martha Stewart picked Enchanted April, Madame Bovary, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and Anna Karenina, which you can imagine Martha watching at home, a bowl of popcorn in her lap (and critiquing the job Mr. Blandings did), and James Ellroy's picks (Stakeout On Dope Street, The Lineup, Armored Car Robbery, and Murder By Contract) stay along the lines of his noir/mystery background. But a few picks are interesting. Access Hollywood co-host Maria Menounos picked the 1932 cult classic Freaks, and Food Network icon Alton Brown picked the Lee Marvin classic Point Blank. As for non-human celebs, Kermit The Frog picked Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon.

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What's On Tonight: Emeril Live, Masters of Sci-Fi, Baseball, Tennis

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2007 5:04PM
  • Alton BrownAt 7, ESPN2 has coverage of the Little League World Series (two games).
  • At 8, CNN has the special Hope & Heartbreak: Inside The Sago Mine Tragedy.
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8, then a new Feasting On Asphalt.
  • There's a new Life with Derek on Disney at 8, followed by a new Cory in the House.
  • TCM has That Touch of Mink at 8, then Tea For Two.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has coverage of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • VH-1 has NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Masters of Science Fiction.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Alton Brown feasts on more asphalt starting this weekend

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2007 10:21AM

Alton Brown travels the back roads once again in a new Feasting on Asphalt seriesFood uber-nerd Alton Brown is heading back on the road starting this weekend in a new series of Feasting on Asphalt adventures. However, instead of traversing the back-roads of America like he did in last year's series, Alton will be going up the river.

The Mississippi River, to be precise. In Feasting on Asphalt 2: The River Run, premiering August 4th at 9:00 pm on The Food Network, the host of Good Eats and his cast of not many journey the length of Mightily Mississip in search of honest to goodness road food. They begin their adventure at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, stopping along the way to dine on crawfish, alligator, fried chicken, chicken livers, tamales, donuts and authentic home-cooked favorites.

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What's On Tonight: American Inventor, Ghost Hunters, Good Eats

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2007 5:02PM
  • World Poker Tour logoAt 8, ABC has a new The Next Best Thing: Who Is The Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?, followed by the season premiere of American Inventor and a new Traveler.
  • NBC has the Senators/Ducks game at 8.
  • The CW has a new Hidden Palms at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • At 9, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • TBS has the series premiere of Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 9, followed by another new episode.
  • There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has the season premiere of Ghost Hunters, then a new Destination Truth.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Good Eats.
  • There's a new Top Chef on Bravo at 10, where cast members from the first two seasons compete for charity.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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