For 14 seasons, Alton Brown hosted Good Eats on the Food Network - a series inspired in part, he said, by Julia Child, Mr. Wizard and Monty Python. So, given his manic creativity, fans probably wouldn't be surprised to learn that, two years after the last Good Eats episode was shown, Brown has found another outlet for the zaniness: Last month, he launched an "Edible Inevitable" tour - a "culinary variety show" that will visit Columbus on Friday as part of a 45-city tour.
For 14 seasons, Alton Brown hosted Good Eats on the Food Network — a series inspired in part, he said, by Julia Child, Mr. Wizard and Monty Python.
So, given his manic creativity, fans probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that, two years after the last Good Eats episode was shown, Brown has found another outlet for the zaniness: Last month, he launched an “Edible Inevitable” tour — a “culinary variety show” that will visit Columbus on Friday as part of a 45-city tour.
Brown, 51, talked recently by phone about his latest venture.
Q: You have so many interests, and you seem to have a unique show. How would you describe it?
A: I put more currency in originality than being good. I don’t want to do things unless they are very original. I felt we redefined food shows with Good Eats; now I want to redefine what you can do with food onstage.
So the show fundamentally is a culinary variety show. We have puppets; we have live music; we have very large-format, bizarre food demonstrations.
We really have everything but juggling and dancing, and I might get right on that and do some soft-shoe.
Q: You have a band, but you also sing and play solo guitar at times. How have your musical pursuits gone?
A: Man, I was nervous on opening night — stepping out in front of a thousand people by myself. Here’s a guy who’s not a professional singer or musician.
Luckily, my fans have come to expect the unexpected, and they’re willing to put up with it. They know I’m not Placido Domingo.
Q: What have you found you can do in a live show that you can’t do on television?
A: Well, I’ve included my puppets (yeast sock puppets).
On TV, they burp and fart, but there is a specified ratio: They have to have at least six burps for every fart. In the show, I’ve reversed that ratio: six farts for every burp. So the show should be an absolute delight for 9-year-old boys.
Q: In one recent show, you ended the performance with a song, TV Chef, in which you skewer chefs who have become TV stars. Do you worry that your colleagues will take issue with you?
A: It’s not mean-spirited; I’m poking fun at myself and my own industry. I mean, when guys in tall white hats become like rock stars, I think we’re in the end times.
Q: When you cook at home in Marietta, Ga., do you rely on any favorite recipes?
A: I almost never cook recipes at home. I’m always trying something new — which is sort of a shame because, when I do something right, my daughter (Zoey, 13) will ask me to make it again but I can’t remember what I did.