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Alton Brown Talks 'The Next Iron Chef,' Retiring 'Good Eats' and Why He's Not Cool Until He Appears on 'MythBusters'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 28th 2011 4:30PM
It's hard to imagine the Food Network without thinking of Alton Brown. For 13 years, viewers of all ages invited Brown and his Peabody Award-winning show 'Good Eats' into their homes. After nearly 250 highly entertaining and deliciously appetizing episodes, Brown decided to hang up his apron and retire his popular show.

But the self-described "mastermind" (or at least that's what it says on his business cards) has a few more tricks up his sleeve, including several 'Good Eats' specials, continuing to offer smart commentary on 'Iron Chef America' and returning as host of Season 4 of 'The Next Iron Chef' (premieres Sun., Oct. 30, 9PM ET on Food Network).

We caught up with Brown to talk about the upcoming season, saying goodbye to 'Good Eats' and why you should never call him a chef -- unless you want to insult him.

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Did Penny Sabotage Mary Beth on 'Food Network Star'? (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2011 5:45PM
Mary Beth Albright draws Penny Davidi's name and laughs on 'The Next Food Network Star'Mary Beth Albright knew she was in for trouble as soon as she saw Penny Davidi was going to be her sous-chef on 'Food Network Star' (Sundays, 9PM on the Food Network). She laughed when she drew the name, but it seemed more nervous than happy.

Albright said having Davidi as a sous-chef would be "highly distracting," and she was right. The judges were all distracted by Davidi's snail pace, as was Albright. "At this point, Penny is costing me more time than she is saving me," said Albright. The judges asked Alton Brown to talk to Davidi. "Do you normally work at this kind of leisurely pace?" he said. Davidi reacted with mock surprise, and said she was being methodical, not leisurely. "You know, it seemed leisurely, which in Kitchen Stadium, often results in losing," said Brown.

He was right. Albright did wind up leaving 'Food Network Star,' no thanks to Davidi. Fans of the show, do you think Davidi deliberately sabotaged Albright? Let us know in the comments.

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Alton Brown Shows Kelly Ripa the Ropes of 'Iron Chef' Judging (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 3:20PM
Kelly Ripa learns the ropes as an 'Iron Chef' judge on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Apparently there's more to being an 'Iron Chef' judge than looking thoughtful while chewing and saying that you like, or dislike, someone's food. That's what Kelly Ripa learned Thursday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), when 'Iron Chef America' host Alton Brown coached her on the lingo and a few rules of food judging.

Rule number one? "Do not taste hungry," said Brown. "Because if you're hungry when you sit down at this table, whatever they give you first will taste the best. Make sure you snack before you come to the table." Rule number two? "Taste after everybody else tastes," said Brown. "While you're eating, the judges will be making comments that you can disagree with, and that always makes you look smarter."

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ABC Picks Up Ashley Judd Series 'Missing,' 'Breaking In' Could Live On and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted May 12th 2011 6:00PM
Ashley JuddABC has picked up the Ashley Judd drama 'Missing' to series.

The show, which stars Judd as the mother of a son who goes missing while studying abroad in Rome, began production on the first of its 10 episodes this week.

ABC has yet to announce which of its other pilots have been ordered to series. Meanwhile, Fox and NBC both picked up several new shows earlier this week. Expect a steady stream of announcements before the networks present their programming slates to the press at upfronts next week.

In other TV news ...

'Breaking In' isn't as dead as previously thought. According to new reports, Fox is still considering renewing the series but won't make a decision until after upfronts. [Deadline]

Alton Brown has decided to end his Food Network series 'Good Eats.' The host said recently on Twitter that after 249 episodes, he won't make any new ones. [LA Weekly]

'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans has entered rehab. The troubled mom of Jace, 1, is reportedly not seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse -- just the tried-and-true "exhaustion." [PopEater]

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Alan Alda, Hugh Dancy Stop by 'The Big C,' Bret Michaels Sues CBS for Tonys Fall and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 28th 2011 5:15PM
Alan AldaAlan Alda is donning scrubs once more.

The onetime 'ER' actor has booked a guest role on Showtime's 'The Big C' as Dr. Atticus Sherman, an oncologist whom Laura Linney's Cathy consults after her first cancer treatment fails, the network announced today.

Also joining the half-hour comedy: British actor Hugh Dancy, who has signed on for a recurring part, Deadline reports.

In other TV news ...

Remember that time Bret Michaels got hit in the head with a stage piece at the Tony Awards? Well, he's suing CBS and the show's producers for not telling him how to exit the stage properly. [THR, Esq.]

CBS corporate synergy alert! Julie Chen and Holly Robinson Peete of 'The Talk' and Drew Carey of 'The Price is Right' will appear on each other's shows in a crossover event scheduled for next week. [EW]

Alton Brown has signed a new three-year deal with the Food Network. The star will continue to develop and host shows as well as appear on 'The Next Food Network Star,' 'The Next Iron Chef' and 'Iron Chef America.' [Deadline]

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Alton Brown's 'Potentially Deadly' Cooking Segment on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 6th 2010 3:30PM
Foodie Alton Brown is a mad scientist in the kitchen. To prove that point, Brown creates avocado ice cream using a stand mixer and a canister of liquid nitrogen on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

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Alton Brown On 'The Next Iron Chef' and Jumping Through Flaming Culinary Hoops

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 30th 2010 2:00PM
alton_brown_good_eats_food_networkThere's no more ubiquitous and beloved star of the Food Network than the Peabody-award winning host of 'Good Eats,' Alton Brown. In addition to his 12 years as the host and creator of 'Good Eats,' Brown has also hosted 'Feasting on Asphalt,' 'Feasting on Waves,' is the expert commentator on 'Iron Chef America' and host of 'The Next Iron Chef America.'

'The Next Iron Chef America' begins its third season Sun., Oct. 3 at 9PM on Food Network. In anticipation of the competition, Alton shared his thoughts about the show, as well as a few other revelations. For instance, how did Emmy-winning TV chef Ming Tsai end up in 'The Next Iron Chef'?

What will be different about this season of 'The Next Iron Chef'?

You know what? A lot. It's a happier show, in a lot of ways, than it's been before. Season 3 had a real positive vibe to it, even for a show that's incredibly grueling. And it is more grueling from a competitive standpoint than either season that came before. The tasks are much harder, but for some reason if felt like a friendly shoot.

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Rating 10 TV Chefs: Who Would You Want Teaching You How to Cook?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 27th 2010 7:00PM
gordon_ramsay_masterchef_foxIf you're a bit of a foodie, you probably watch a lot of TV chefs. There are a bunch of them, all over the dial, sharing their knowledge of food and how to prepare dishes -- whether it's a bowl of chili or a beef Wellington. Tonight, for example, Fox's resident chef Gordon Ramsay will be launching a new cooking show called 'MasterChef.' (Not to be confused with 'Top Chef.')

'MasterChef' (9PM ET, Fox) is based on the Australian version of the show -- not the BBC model -- in which a large group of hopefuls from across the country audition with their best dish, and if they pass the judges, they move on to the semi-finals.

But have you ever thought about which of the celebrity cooks and chefs on television you'd want to teach you? We took 10 popular TV chefs and rated their teaching abilities from 1-10 -- 10 being the best possible teacher, 1 being the worst. Let us know if you agree with our ratings ...


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Slashfood picks the ten greatest cooking shows of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2009 6:01PM
Graham KerrI'm sort of a cooking show geek. I can watch Martha Stewart bake a pie or Alton Brown explain how a convection oven works any time of the day, even two in the morning. And it's not like I just started watching cooking shows in the past several years because it was hip to do so, I've been watching them since I was a kid. I was rather addicted to The French Chef and The Galloping Gourmet when I was younger.

Both shows make it to our sister site Slashfood's list of the ten greatest cooking shows of all-time.

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The Next Iron Chef: Season Finale - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 23rd 2009 12:27PM
Next Iron ChefSo last night was the big battle between Chef Garces and Chef Mehta, the two finalists on Food Network's Next Iron Chef with two very different cooking styles. I didn't watch much of this season, but judging from last night's episode I wish I had. Jeffrey Steingarten is one of my favorite judges, and it's interesting to see other iron chefs in the judging chairs.

Did the right chef win?

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The Next Iron Chef: Umami (Deliciousness) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 1:35PM
The Next Iron ChefThe only things I know about umami comes from those Kikkoman commecials, the ones that talk about umami being the fifth taste (after sweet, salty, sour, and bitter). Last night's Next Iron Chef was all about that, and they even had Iron Chef Morimoto as a judge.

What did you think? The show is down to its final three contestants. Can you picture one of them standing next to other Iron Chefs like Morimoto, Flay, Cora, Batali, and Symon in Kitchen Stadium?

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First Lady will appear on a very special Iron Chef America

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:35PM
Iron Chef AmericaSome people say that President Obama has been on TV too much since he became President a year ago, but his wife is about to make a big splash on one of Food Network's most popular shows.

First Lady Michelle Obama will reveal the secret ingredient on the January 3 special episode of Iron Chef America (I don't think it's the season premiere because we're in the middle of new episodes right now). There's no specifics yet on what the secret ingredient will be, but it is something that grows in the White House garden and ties in with the First Lady's "Healthy Kids Initiative" to get kids eating better and exercising. Beyond all that, this sounds like its going to be a great episode of the show. It will pit White House chef Cristeta Comerford and Bobby Flay against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

You know what I'd like to see as the secret ingredient on Iron Chef America? Ring Dings. Or how about Atomic Fireballs?

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Alton Brown calls Top Chef a "sous chef kind of show"... then takes it back

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 8th 2009 1:02PM
Alton BrownGiven the popularity of the second-season opener of The Next Iron Chef, I figured it was a good time to pull out this interview I did with the show's host, Alton Brown, at the network's TCA party in July. It was definitely the tastiest party of the tour, as each Iron Chef contestant plied the critics with delectable morsels of their creativity at various stations.

In a bit of a surprise, one of the contestants, Amanda Freitag, was being assisted by her friend Ariane Duarte, one of the more popular contestants from rival program Top Chef's New York season (I was so flabbergasted by the turn of events, I snapped a pic of the two with my cell phone). When I pointed this tidbit out to Brown, his response was very interesting...

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The Next Iron Chef is sizzling

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 8th 2009 11:26AM
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Even though I watch a lot of programming on the Food Network, I have to admit I missed almost all of the The Next Iron Chef in season one. Last Sunday, the second season of The Next Iron Chef blasted off with the best ratings for a series opener in Food Network history. Over two million viewers, a 1.1 rating among adults 25-54.

Why the big jump? Well, I think a lot of other people are like me. On Sunday, before I switched over to watch pro football, I clicked on Food Network where they were showing a marathon rerun of the first season of The Next Iron Chef. It only took half an episode for me to kick myself for not having watched the whole first season when it aired. It was terrific.

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The Next Iron Chef: Season Premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 5th 2009 8:01AM
The Next Iron ChefI'm of two minds about The Next Iron Chef. I love a lot of food competition shows and this one is enjoyable, but at the same time I've always thought that being an Iron Chef was something important, something big, something you couldn't become just by competing in some reality show. But then I remembered that it was a reality show and that I'm overthinking it and I should just shut up.

Last night was the season premiere. Thoughts?

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