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?)
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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.)
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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.
Over 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.
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?
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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- Best Week Ever picks the 10 Top Chef contestants with the best faux-hawks (or foie-hawks).
- Looks like Katie Couric is going to get a chance to moderate a debate after all.
- Tucker Carlson says goodbye.
- An interview with Alton Brown.
- Quite possibly the greatest on-air local reporter/anchor feud ever!
- A Brothers & Sisters star is heading over to Moonlight.
- Dawn Wells wants to clear up those rumors about her marijuana arrest.
- Are there less fade-ins and fade-outs than there used to be on TV shows?
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."
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.)
We 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.
Turner 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.
- At 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.
Food 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.
- At 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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