About Alton Brown

Age: 51.

Family: Married to DeAnna; daughter Zoey, 14.

Home: Marietta, Ga.

Education: Degree in drama from University of Georgia; New England Culinary Institute.

Earlier experience: Cinematographer for music videos; wrote TV commercials.

TV host/judge: “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America,” “Food Network Star” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” (the latter renewed for fourth and fifth season).

Cookbooks: Seven.

Bow ties: 200.

Working on: First children’s book.

Hobby: Avid pilot; flies own plane to events whenever possible. Loves motorcycles.

Musical skills: Plays guitar and saxophone. Always listens to music while he cooks.

In the works: Album of food songs, based on music from his live show.