By Mary Hardbarger
The Roanoke Times
Cook, comedian, commentator and cinematographer.
These four Cs barely scratch the surface of food personality Alton Brown’s career, which will lead him to the Star City on Saturday for his “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.”
Brown, 51, was a cameraman, editor, cinematographer and TV commercial director for almost 10 years before heading to culinary school. He was later made famous by his television show “Good Eats,” which aired on the Food Network for 13 years. He has been the commentator for “Iron Chef America” for 11 years, and most recently hosted a culinary competition series called “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
Food aside, the Georgia native has more than a few other hobbies to occupy his time.
Eight months ago, Brown picked up a pencil and paper and started writing songs, a talent he said had been in hibernation for 30 years . His rediscovered musical passion will be on display in his upcoming Roanoke performance, which Brown describes as “a true variety show.”
Before making his first trip to Southwest Virginia by land (he’s also a skilled pilot), Brown talked to us from the comfort of his Georgia kitchen about his favorite holiday eats, why he’s not watching other celebrity chefs and the real reason he started cooking in the first place.
Are you going to see Alton Brown on Saturday? If so, what makes you a fan of Brown?