If you watch Food Network, chances are popular “foodie” ALTON BROWN is one of your favorites.  On Friday, October 26, 2012, 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Alton Brown blends his culinary comedy and kitchen wisdom in a delightful speaking engagement presented by Cal Poly Arts and the Cal Poly Dairy Products Technology Center, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Alton Brown’s flair in the kitchen developed early with guidance from his mother and grandmother – a budding culinary talent he skillfully used later “as a way to get dates” in college.   As an adult, he worked in the film industry and spent a great deal of time between shots watching cooking shows, all of which he found to be dull and uninformative.

Convinced that he could do better, Brown moved to Vermont to train at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier and in 1999, tapped all of his training to create “Good Eats” – a smart and entertaining food show that blended wit with wisdom, history with pop culture, and science with common cooking sense.

The show has enjoyed enormous success; Brown was recognized as a 2011 James Beard Award winner for TV Food Personality/Host for “Good Eats,” which is now in its 15th season.  Brown also appears regularly as the resident food historian, scientist and commentator on Food Network series “Iron Chef America” and is the host/judge on the reality series, “Next Iron Chef.”

Brown’s books have become best-sellers, beginning with “I’m Just Here for the Food” – a cookbook for people who would rather understand their food rather than than simply follow a recipe. Continuing his mix of cutting-edge graphics and a fresh take on preparing food, Brown’s subsequent “cookbooks for a  new generation” include, “Alton Brown’s Gear for Your Kitchen,” “I’m Just Here for More Food,” “Feasting on Asphalt,” “Good Eats: The Early Years,” “Good Eats 2: The Middle Years,” and his most recent, “Good Eats 3: The Later Years.”

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $21 to $47 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.  The Ticket Office is also open as of noon on all performance days.

TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

For more information on all Cal Poly Arts events, including audio and video samples, please visit www.calpolyarts.org.