Good Eats Canceled?

Good bye, Good Eats

In the annals of food television there have been five shows that have stood out from the rest by virtue of their importance to the genre.  The first four, I Love to Eat (James Beard), The French Chef (Julia Child), The Galloping Gourmet (Graham Kerr) and Emeril Live (Emeril Legasse) each made their indelible marks on food television by enticing people into their kitchens.

Cheflebrities Stuart Reb Donald and Alton Brown at Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-offThe fifth show, Good Eats, made its mark by teaching burgeoning home gourmets what to do in their new-found playground.  Alton Brown created, wrote, produced and starred in, “a smart and entertaining food show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture, and science with common cooking sense.”  His words not mine.

Recently I heard a rumor that Food Network had canceled Good Eats so I started tugging on various grapevines to see what would shake loose.  My original sources were pretty reliable but I wanted to double-check before reporting something like “Good Eats Canceled.”

I contacted Alton’s publicist, Beau Benton and asked straight out if the rumor was true.  The answer?  No. . . and yes.

No.  Food Network did not cancel Good Eats.

Yes.  The show will soon be ceasing production for good.

The decision was Alton’s.  When I inquired about a press release or official statement Benton said, “He announced it on Twitter.”

Sure enough, “G.E. fans, I’ve decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 new 1 hour eps this year and that’s it. But mourn not. New things brew on the horizon…”good” things.”

I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Alton a few weeks ago.  We were both taking part in a fund-raiser in tiny Dauphin Island, Alabama.  Of all of the communities effected by the Oil Spill, Dauphin Island’s economy suffered the most losing 66% of its projected revenue for the summer of 2010 which included cancelling the world’s largest deep-sea fishing rodeo for the first time ever.  Camille, Frederick, Katrina, and Ivan couldn’t do that.  Alton gave of his time to help attract a record crowd to the island’s annual gumbo cook-off.

This is sure to leave Food Network fans feeling shell shocked.  Especially considering the May law suit that has halted production of another long standing hit series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  If things do not work out in court that means that two of the network’s most popular shows would no longer be a part of their line-up.

Brown will still be on Iron Chef and there are hints of other projects in the works.  Recently, Alton and I got to speak a good bit about, well, everything and he was kind enough to answer 7 Questions. READ HERE.

I saw this Tweet from Tyler Florence to Alton.  It’s hysterical:

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From Chef to Celebrity Chef

Stuart Reb Donald cica 1989Years ago I was working a nondescript job for one of those big American corporations where individuality and creativity are frowned upon.  It was a demoralizing job for anyone but I especially hated it.  You see I am a creative person, always have been.  I earned college scholarships in both music and drama.  Most of my professional life had been spent in music and music’s better paying cousin “restaurant work.”

In my life I have also worked as a rhythm guitar player, jazz trombonist, pet store clerk, paintball referee, campus cop, web designer and rental car agent.  But I had always done well in food service having held every position from dish washer to general manager.  Everything, that is but a chef.

So for some reason seven years ago my subconscious mind sent me a message via the dream world, “Be a chef.  And not just a chef either, one of those chefs on TV.”  In the dream I had started a web site called Wannabe TV Chef where I posted my writings about food, shared my cooking videos and shamelessly pursued celebrity chef status.  The next day I registered the domain name.

Stuart Reb Donald todaySince then I have made pretty good progress.  I have published two cookbooks, written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and online media, worked as a sous chef at a high-end steak house and at a catering company, I have been the executive chef of a neighborhood restaurant, failed to win multiple cooking contests and I have even made a handful of TV appearances.

Some of those food articles have been interviews with the likes of Bobby Flay, Ted Allen and Michael Symon – all Food Network stars.  Among my cell phone contacts you can find the numbers for producers with Oprah, Tyra Banks, ABC News and a couple of people with the Food Network.  I’m on a first name basis with Average Betty – I call her Av she call’s me Wanna.

I’m not bragging, mind you.  I’m just pointing out that I’m about as famous as a person can be and still not have anyone know who he is.  That is bound to change and when it does you can honestly tell people, “I remember when he was just a food blogger; he sucked then, too.”

next food blog starBut before you can brag that you “knew me when . . .” you have to help me get famous first.  That’s why I have entered the Foodbuzz “Next Food Blog Star” Contest.  A premium gig like that is just what the doctor ordered.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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