YEP, he was here. He piloted his own plane in amid storms, he told witty anecdotes, he signed books, and he flew out at 6:00 am the next morning. And in the process, he helped me break in a new pair of shoes, saved me from an evening at the gym, and taught me that Seattle changed her free parking times. Thus, if you follow my logic, Alton Brown owes me $39 for a parking ticket. Thanks, Mr. Brown!
Q: Have you ever cooked rattlesnake?
A: "Yes! It tasted like poisoned chicken."
Q: Who's your favorite Iron Chef? (much laughter)
A: "Oh no no no you don't. They're all precious snowflakes."
Q: What's the worst food you've tasted on Iron Chef.
A: "Trout ice cream. Nasty!"
Q: Would you like to compete on Iron Chef?
A: "Not on your life! If I'm down there, then someone is up here doing my job. And I don't want anyone finding out how easy it is... (pause for laughing) Okay, IF, and I mean IF I ever competed, I'd call out Morimoto. And there'd be NO seafood. No fish. No seaweed. No trout ice cream. (chuckles) And no knives. I'd have the Chairman call out, 'And the secret ingredient is... BEETS!! (chuckles again). I'd wipe the floor with him."
Q: What was your favorite episode of GOOD EATS?
A: "It was episode about meat pies. There were several references to "Jaws." It's my favorite movie. Don't ask me why. Anyway, I think it's the only known reference to cannibalism on the Food Network."
Alton told us that GOOD EATS 3 has been completely retooled, every recipe retested and stripped down. Yes, it's on my shopping list, but I didn't buy it right then. This night was Serendipity... a chance to stand on chairs with your best friend, peering over the crowd... a rainy speedwalk up the street... a velvety hot chocolate to end the night. Also, I was broke. And then there was the ticket discovery. But it's on the list!