On the night of June 6, foodies across the globe were give a reason to rejoice, as Food Network staple Alton Brown tweeted a video in which he enters a dark, dilapidated room filled with all of his old gear and some of his most popular props. The memorable musical notes from the opening theme are everpresent in the background. Then he utters the words “It’s time” suggesting that the world will not have to wait too much longer for the much anticipated resurrection of Good Eats.
Fans have been asking about the possible return of the hit series for years. This show ran on the Food Network from July 1999 to February 2012, had 244 episodes, as well as eight specials and earned many awards. Host Brown won the James Beard Award for Best TV Food Personality for Good Eats in 2011. A couple repeat episodes of the show still run almost daily on Cooking Channel where people can still enjoy the great tips, yummy food, fun storylines and Brown’s loathing of unitaskers in the kitchen.
In October 2016, fans got a clue that something interesting may be on the horizon as Brown announced that he would be taking some time off from his work on Cutthroat Kitchen.
“I’m going to be taking a little, uh, break from the show Cutthroat Kitchen…” Brown says in the video, taped from the inside of a microwave, “to concentrate my efforts on a new internet, uh, venture I have… I call it… a cooking show,” as reported by Eater.
Good Eats was ranked the second best cooking show of all time by Thrillist in 2015, second only behind the iconic Julia Child classic The French Chef. This program combined great recipes and practical cooking tips, with pop culture references and fun characters. It was on the air for 14 seasons.
Though Brown was actually born in Los Angeles, California, he considers himself Southern having grown up in Georgia. After initially studying film at University of Georgia, he started thinking about creating a new kind of cooking show, so he and his wife packed up to train at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, from which he graduated in 1997. In 1998, a pilot aired on PBS member TV station WTTW in Chicago, Illinois, and by 1999 Good Eats was launched on the Food Network.
Brown has been a staple in the food and entertainment world ever since and appeared on specials Feasting on Waves, Feasting on Asphalt, The Next Food Network Star, Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef Gauntlet as well as often serving as a judge on other shows such as Beat Bobby Flay. He is the author of several books beginning with I’m Just Here for the Food from 2002 and the most recent Alton Brown: EveryDayCook from 2016. Just this year he embarked on the “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” tour where he entertains live audiences from across the country with cooking tips, comedy, multimedia presentations, songs, dangerous experiments and more.
While specific details as to where we can see this new incarnation of Good Eats, have not been announced, Brown has said that this project will air on the Internet.
Which recipes would you like to see Alton Brown tackle in this new iteration of Good Eats?
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