Thursday, September 27, 2007

Who Had the Most Air Time on Food Network Last Month?

Who Had the Most Air-Time on Food Network last month?

Who bumped Emeril off the ‘coveted’ 8:00 p.m. prime time slot on weekdays?

During the week of August 20th, Rachael Ray had 10 ½ hours of air time, Paula Deen had 10 hours and Emeril Lagasse only had 8 hours. Alton Brown had 23 ½ hours on air time and received the 8:00 slot.

Alton could be known as the professor. If you need to know anything about cooking, he is the guy to see. Has Alton always been a foodie?

Alton Brown (age 45) lives with his wife DeAnna and 7-year-old daughter Zoey in Marietta, Georgia. After being graduated from University of Georgia, Alton spend 10 years as a cinematographer and video director. During breaks, Alton watched a lot of cooking shows on TV. He liked the concept of cooking shows, but found them rather dull and thought that he could do a better job. So, Alton and DeAnna
moved to Vermont, where Alton trained at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. He developed “Good Eats”. This show is totally Alton. He writes, produces and stars in the show on Food Network. The show mixes wit with wisdom and has quite a cult following. Mike Menninger created a fan website for Alton. Every show is transcribed on this site; in fact, Alton’s crew has been known to reference it. Alton will have 191 episodes of “Good Eats” filmed by the end of the year. He would like to do at least 200 episodes, but his contract with Food Network expires December 31st.

Alton’s shows:

Good Eats
Feasting on Asphalt
Iron Chef America (color commentator)
Next Iron Chef (color commentator) coming October 7th.

Alton’s Books:

I’m Just Here for the Food (2002) (won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Cookbook in the Reference category) (over 300,000 copies sold)

Gear for Your Kitchen (2003) nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Cookbook in the Tools & Techniques category and an IACP Cookbook Award in the Food Reference/Technical category.

I’m Just Here for More Food (2004) (NY Times Best Seller)

Why does Alton do some of the crazy antics that you see on the show. He doesn’t believe that he has the charisma to carry it.

This year, Alton shot 20 episodes of “Good Eats”, spent a month riding a motorcycle up the Mississippi River and sampling ‘good eats’ at mom & pop eateries for his show “Feasting on Asphalt 2”, hosted the new show “The Next Iron Chef” and is currently being the color commentator for “Iron Chef America”. In his spare time, he crams food knowledge into his head.

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