Celebrity chef and Food Network host Alton Brown is bringing his scientific approach to cooking to a nationwide tour that arrives tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa.
"Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" is a 90-minute culinary variety show that features food experiments in a whimsical and educational way, food philosophy in a stand-up comedy routine and Brown's own food songs.
I recently caught up by phone with Brown, best known for his Food Network show "Good Eats," to talk about the tour. The conversation was fast and witty as we chatted about food trends and how Alton Brown the home cook is like everyone else: pressed for time.
Brown, 51, who lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter, wouldn't reveal any details about the show, except to say that it is "crazy stuff with purpose." With a background in theater, Brown said he's excited to take the show on the road because "doing live performances is one of the most fun things I can think of." "It's hard work, but extremely rewarding," Brown said.
Here's what else he had to say:
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the show?
A: It is a culinary variety show that combines very large and very unusual demonstrations never before seen by human eyes.
Q: Why will some people, mainly in the first several rows, be given ponchos?
A: Sometimes things happen in experiments, and these are definitely experiments, that are both educational and hopefully entertaining. They are going to involve volunteers and you can't never really know what volunteers are going to do. So we are taking precautions.
Q: What made you take it on the road now?
A: I've done a lot of live performances, but have never been able to work out the time to mount a food tour. I got the right partners to produce something this time.
Q: What new food trends are you seeing now?