Alton Brown Leaves Us Food Nerds With No Place to Go

Kim Conte

alton brownIt's with a heavy heart that I muse over the sad foodie news of the day: Alton Brown is ending his popular Food Network series Good Eats after a 12-year run.

He announced the news via Twitter:

G.E. fans, I've decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 new 1 hour eps this year and that's it. But mourn not. New things brew on the horizon..."good" things.

Brown's publicist has confirmed that these "good things" he's speaking of do include the three aforementioned one-hour specials later this year. And, of course, we'll still get to see plenty of him on Iron Chef America.

Still, I'm having a heck of a time imagining food TV without Good Eats. What's a food nerd to do?

He breaks down everyone's favorite foods -- everything from onion soup and deep fried chicken to casseroles and pancakes -- providing the audience with non-stop entertainment in the form of food history, cooking tips, and oddball trivia. No food topic is too small or too humble to be dissected by this man.

The only show that comes even close to catering to food geeks like me might be the excellent America's Test Kitchen on PBS, but that one is much more buttoned-up and severely lacking in Brown's quirky sense of humor. In fact, he does the Mr. Science-Meets-Chef shtick so well that he even won a James Beard Award for "Best TV Food Personality/Host" (which we should mention increases his collection of Peabody and Beard awards).

So what are we to do now that our favorite show is lost and gone forever? I suppose our only option is to sit around and wait for Brown's next project to surface. We might not know what that is at the moment, but one thing is certain: If it comes from him, you know it has to be good.

Will you miss Good Eats terribly, too?


Image via Alton Brown/Food Network

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