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  1. John, I started to read the article and then lost interest. I just don't care for Alton Brown. He has contributed a little bit to my cooking knowledge, but has the sort of personality that has caused me to mainly watch shows he is on for the reason of catching mistakes.

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    1. re: sandylc

      I've read a few posts that say Alton Brown is pretty much an asshat in person when he's doing a book signing or some other public event. I used to occasionally watch Good Eats and I liked Feasting on Asphalt, but not much else of his programming. I had to stop watch The Next Food Network Star because of Alton Brown. (Well, not all because of him. There were too many cringe-worthy moments on that program).

      1. re: sandylc

        I met AB for a brief moment after seeing him > I had to approach.
        caught him way off guard I'm sure but told him I appreciated him and what he does on TV and he said please email and say so....so.....I have.

        articles on chefs, not anything I'm really interested in.
        but because the thread was about the article I read it. quick read.
        not bad nothing particularly new there. I will watch Justin's TV show on Food Network.

        1. re: iL Divo

          I met him quite a few years ago at a book-signing that we happened upon. He was rudely sarcastic and unpleasant with the audience and arrogant and impatient with those who wanted their books signed. I bought a book and waited in line because I was a fan of Good Eats. It was disappointing - I generally have the view that celebrities are just like me except their job happens to be in media. He evidently thinks it elevates him somehow. I read recently that he considers himself to be a strong "Christian". Interesting. Trying to repair his image, perhaps?

          1. re: sandylc

            could it have been an off day? Maybe a long and hard one? I haven't been to a book signing, but I suspect it's as good (or bad) place to judge a person's character as a political campaign stop. And nearly as revealing as a scripted TV show.

            A search on his 'personality' turned up this item
            http://eater.com/archives/2011/09/19/...
            where he distinguishes between the 99% of fans who
            "respect my space and time as I do theirs." and the other 1%.

            http://altonbrown.com/2011/09/my-fani...

            1. re: paulj

              "could it have been an off day? Maybe a long and hard one?"

              Could be. Don't know. Don't care. He wasn't rude to me personally - I was in a hurry, so my words to him were along the lines of "hello" and "thank you". But I saw a lot while I was waiting. High level of arrogance and self-worth.

              1. re: sandylc

                I've met him a couple of times at book signings and found him charming and funny and a little snarky, just as I expected him to be.

                I remember an incident 10-ish years ago that involved some kook making threats against his family online through his website. As a result, he posted a note on his website explaining that he needed to distance himself and make himself less accessible as the incident deeply disturbed him. He stopped posting to his website and took a long time to get on social media. His appearances were few and very specific to promoting his books. People can be rude, demanding and disrespectful. I can't blame the man for being stand-offish if he feels it's necessary to keep him and his family safe while fulfilling the requirements of his public career.

                1. re: Divamac

                  He was downright nasty to undeserving individuals at this event - NOT ME, as I interacted with him VERY briefly with no issues....

                  I'll just agree that maybe he was having and bad day and move on.

            2. re: sandylc

              I don't know Sandy, my visit was short on purpose by me. he was not rude or anything negative that I can remember, probably just shocked that someone came up to him out of the blue.
              as much as I watch tvfoodnetwork when I see someone from one of the many shows I view, for me it'd be dumb not to approach. as I've mentioned on here before I met Emeril the same way, he was very kind-shocked as well though I'm sure.

              1. re: sandylc

                the christianity came before the t.v. show or the image. jeesh.

                1. re: sandylc

                  what the heck does that even mean?

          2. Eh, if you watch his Google Talk (search YouTube for Alton Brown Google) he comes off fine, albeit as someone who sees being famous as a necessary part of his career, not as a guy who necessarily likes interacting with random fans. That's fine with me. I'm not a "people person" either. Maybe he's just worse at faking it than most.

            1. According to the channel listings, Alton appears on Mythbusters (Discovery) tonight, debunking some myths about lasagna.