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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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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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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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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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What's On Tonight: U.S. Open Final, Cops, Torchwood

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 8th 2007 4:04PM
  • Suze OrmanAt 6, ESPN has the Notre Dame/Penn State college football game.
  • At 7, ABC has the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR race.
  • At 8, CBS has the women's final of The U.S. Open.
  • FOX has the season premiere of Cops at 8, then another new episode, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Nickelodeon has two new episodes of iCarly starting at 8 (also on Noggin).
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Feasting on Asphalt.
  • BBC America has the series premiere of Torchwood at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • IFC has Swingers at 9.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Emeril Live, Tennis, College Football

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2007 5:01PM
  • Alton BrownAt 7, USA has coverage of the U.S. Open.
  • At 8, ABC has college football.
  • TLC has a new Property Ladder at 8, followed by a new Flip That House.
  • There's a new Emeril Live on Food Network at 8, then a new Feasting On Asphalt.
  • Disney has a new Kim Possible at 8.
  • At 8:30, Nicktoons has two new episodes of The Secret Show.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • At 10:15, Disney has a new As The Bell Rings.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Football, Tennis, Jekyll, Masters of Sci-Fi

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2007 5:04PM
  • Alton BrownAt 8, CBS has a preseason football game, the Chargers vs. the Rams.
  • ESPN has the Little League World Series at 8, while ESPN2 has the Western & Southern Financial tennis tournament (followed by a Rogers Cup semi-final).
  • TCM has It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World at 8.
  • High School Musical 2, which is apparently very popular, repeats on Disney at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • There's a new Feasting On Asphalt on Food Network at 9, then Top American Restaurants: Bon Appetit Picks The Best.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Jekyll, followed by a new Graham Norton Show with guest Dustin Hoffman.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Masters of Science Fiction.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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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: Henry Rollins, X Games, Alton Brown, Slayer

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2006 6:47PM
  • Alton BrownAt 8, HBO has Brad and Angelina in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • TLC has a new Trading Spaces at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Feasting on Asphalt at 9, followed by a new Unwrapped.
  • Also at 9: ESPN has The X Games.
  • At 10, MTV2 has a new Headbanger's Ball (this show is still on?!?), featuring Slayer.
  • There's a new Henry Rollins Show at 10 on IFC.
  • I mentioned the M*A*S*H DVD set this morning, and tonight Hallmark has a mini-marathon of four episodes. Its starts at 11.

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Alton Brown injured on set of new show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2006 10:01AM
Alton BrownI'm not even sure when this happened, so it's probably not "breaking news." We told you a while back about Alton Brown's new TV show on Food Network, Feasting On Asphalt, where he will travel around the country on a motorcycle and sample various foods. Now comes word that Brown might have taken the title a little too literally, as he was involved in a rather serious motorcycle accident. He hit a ditch near Las Vegas, got thrown off the bike, and broke his collarbone.

Info about the accident here in a piece Brown wrote for the New York Times, and there's a pic at Brown's web site.

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Are you ready to feast on asphalt?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2006 8:39AM
Alton BrownAre you a big fan of Alton Brown's Good Eats like I am? Well, get ready to feast on some asphalt.

That's the name of his new, limited run show on Food Network, Feasting On Asphalt. Brown will jump on his motorcycle and check out places to eat in America.

The show will run for four episodes, and will start on July 29 at 9pm.

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