I LOVE food, comedy, and music! So there was no way that I was going to miss Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour when it got to Southern California. Mom took me and my cousin Luke to see the show at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, and it was one of the best Saturday afternoons I’ve ever had! For those of you who don’t know who Alton Brown is, he has hosted popular cooking shows on the Food Network like Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and Cutthroat Kitchen, and he’s done a lot of other shows too. He’s not just a cook though. He’s also a comedian, and he sings and plays the guitar. And he does a little bit of everything in his show, which is AWESOME!
He did some hilarious and outrageous stuff like making 2 pizzas in his “Mega Bake Oven”. He told a story about how he always wanted a giant Easy Bake Oven as a kid. So he came up with the idea to have something bigger and better than an Easy Bake Oven. His “Mega Bake Oven” is 54 high powered theatre lights and a conveyor belt that moves by turning a ship’s wheel! I know…crazy but genius, right? He had the “Mega Bake Oven” on the stage and cooked the pizzas right in the theater. He also did a song about some bad shrimp cocktail he ate at an airport before boarding a plane, and how totally sick and miserable he was the whole flight. Disgusting, sad, and totally funny!
My personal favorite was the story about the time he forgot to put the salt in a bread recipe that he was baking. HILARIOUS story – he tried to get rid of the dough without anyone knowing that he made a mistake, so he threw the dough in a dumpster, which was in the hot sun. The dough expanded and filled the dumpster like some alien blob, because there was no salt in the dough to control the yeast! When the garbage truck came to dump it, the blob stuck to the dumpster! Of course, Alton tells the story so much better, but you get the idea. Alton also likes social media, and he had the audience submit questions to him on Twitter during the show. Luke and I took a picture of ourselves, and asked him if he would meet us so we could take our picture with him. We didn’t get a reply, but we had a GREAT time anyway.
There were so many amazing things about the show, but I don’t want to ruin all of the surprises. Just trust me when I say that if Alton Brown ever brings his show to a city near you, you have to go see it! Everyone from kids all the way up to grandparents will enjoy it, and you’ll learn some really cool things about food science, while you laugh your head off!