Brown received his cooking talent from his mother and grandmother, but as an adult he became a cinematographer and video director. When he found an inner passion to create an interesting cooking show, Brown left the film business and studied cooking at the New England Culinary Institute. He was able to create his dream-show, Good Eats, combining cooking knowledge and science.
In addition to his Food Network TV shows, Brown has published three cookbooks. He is also the winner of a Peabody award for Good Eats, "Rarely has science been taught on TV in such an entertaining – and appetizing – manner as it is in Alton Brown`s goofy, tirelessly inventive series."