Alton Brown Takes His Show on the Road

Feb 12, 2015

Alton Brown won’t disclose the restaurants he’s going to sample in Iowa next week, but he says they have been chosen.

“When we let people know we’re coming to town, they tend to do things differently,” he says.

Alton Brown at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
Credit Larry D. Moore / Wikimedia Commons

Brown will be performing in Cedar Rapids Monday when he comes to town for “Alton Brown Live: The Edible Inevitable Tour,” a variety stage show meant to introduce people to the art and science of cooking. He’s been touring for two years with the show and solicits suggestions for restaurants to visit in the towns he visits on social media.

He started his career as a television commercial producer and at the age of 34 decided he’d had enough. He wanted to make a cooking show, but he didn’t have the kitchen know-how to get the job done, yet.

“The decision was cray-cray. But I think part of life is knowing when to roll the dice, so at the age of 34, I went off to culinary school,” he explains.

Brown’s television show, Good Eats, ran for 14 seasons and was only the second cooking show to receive a Peabody Award. 

I think part of life is knowing when to roll the dice, so at the age of 34, I went off to culinary school.

During this Talk of Iowa interview, he talks with host Charity Nebbe about Good Eats, his new variety show and what he’s cooking up next.

Brown will be performing in Cedar Rapids at the Paramount Theatre on Monday evening. Find more information here.

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