TV host and food science writer Alton Brown will do a show at Knight Theater in Charlotte Saturday as part of the N.C. Science Festival. Since the format is a Q&A session, Kathleen Purvis called him at home in Marietta, Ga., to ask questions about questions. First, what are the questions everyone always asks?
Q. Will he ever compete on “Iron Chef,” which he has emceed for years?
“The answer is positively no. I don’t want anybody to have a shot at my job. If they do it as well as me, I’m vulnerable. I’ve spent years perfecting that aura.”
Q. What’s his favorite episode of his old Food Network show, “Good Eats”?
He doesn’t have one. “I always just make something up.”
If you want to have fun and engage him with a good question, here are the questions he wishes someone would ask:
Q. What’s his least favorite thing to cook?
Everyone always asks his favorite thing to cook, he says, but no one ever asks what he can’t cook. “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. I hate making coffee. No matter what, my coffee isn’t very good. I thought for a long time that I did (make good coffee). But I have, in fact, given up.”
He thinks the problem is too much experience: “My taste in coffee has improved over the years. I have had really good coffee made by really good baristas (not Starbucks, by the way). I dread making coffee.”
Q. Anything about flying.
“I love it when people ask me questions about flying, because I’m a pilot. I love to get pilot questions. That’s me up there, pulling levers and stuff.” Yes, he will fly himself to Charlotte.
Q. His biggest influence?
“No one ever asks me who the biggest influence has been on me. Not as a cook, but as a filmmaker, which is what I consider myself first and foremost. I used to direct TV commercials. Deep down, that’s what I am and that’s how I think of myself.”
• Bonus round: Tell him we told you to ask him what he always keeps on the stove. He mentioned it while we were talking. And if he doesn’t remember, this will be your chance to Stump Mr. Science.
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