Professional success and personal happiness don't always go hand in hand. Alton Brown has been an important figure in Food Network programming with shows like Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and Cutthroat Kitchen. But the Food Network Star went through some big changes in his personal life in 2015 when he was divorced from his first wife DeAnna, after 21 years of marriage. Fortunately, he's found new love with his second wife, and the two are making a stylish life together, which is occasionally documented on social media. Who is Alton Brown's Wife?
Her name is Elizabeth Ingram. She and Alton first met first at a book signing, and then again when Alton hired interior designer Elizabeth Ingram, known for designing not just residential spaces but also some of Atlanta's hottest restaurants. The television personality needed help renovating his newly purchased three-bedroom loft space in Marietta, Georgia.
The loft was complete after seven months and the two found themselves in love with how the exposed brick loft turned out. They also found themselves in love with each other!
They were engaged a year later and Alton and Elizabeth were married on a boat in Charleston, South Carolina in 2018. They live in that same loft that brought them together with their two dogs, Scabigail and Francis.
During the pandemic, Alton and his wife Elizabeth accidentally created a Youtube cooking show called Quarantine Quitchen which Forbes magazine called one of the coolest online cooking shows, calling Elizabeth "...the quarantine celebrity we never knew we needed."
Why Did Alton Brown Get Divorced?
Considering Alton's well-known ties to the very conservative Southern Baptist Church, where divorce is highly frowned upon, many believe the church was a factor in the divorce. Brown left the church shortly after his divorce from his ex-wife. He looked at it as a hiatus from religion but not a break from God. Alton told People magazine that he and his first wife went separate ways in their lives.
"We changed, the world changed, and she went one way and I went the other way...My social beliefs are far more liberal than what falls under most of the structures of organized religion, and I find that difficult to work with."
Born Alton Crawford Brown Jr. in Los Angeles, California, after graduating high school, Alton attended the New England Culinary Institute and the University of Georgia. Alton and his ex-wife Deanna Brown have one daughter together named Zoey.
Alton Brown is clearly a man in love. His new wife has changed everything for him, he gushed to People Magazine.
"Living with someone who's a creative, changes things because it changes the nature of what you can share and what you can expect people to understand," he says. "I think having somebody you can talk to, which I haven't always had in my life, is a big deal."
With a net worth of 13 million dollars, Alton Brown is financially successful for sure, but now he's personally happy.
Alton Brown has had endless success with various long-running Food Network shows, starting with Good Eats in 1999 running for 14 seasons until 2012 and winning a 2006 Peabody Award. Good Eats Reloaded and Good Eats Returns on The Cooking Channel are two reincarnations that brought the show back in 2019.
Alton Brown was the expert commentator for the American version of the crazy Japanese export cooking show, Iron Chef America.
Brown also created Feasting on Asphalt, which explored the history of eating while traveling. Sort of like another Anthony Bourdain type of show. Brown rode a motorcycle around the United States in a four-part miniseries about the history of road food, sampling food all along the way. Incarnations of this travel series were called Feasting on Asphalt 2: The River Run and Feasting on Waves, exploring the food of The Mississippi River and The Caribbean Islands.
And who could forget 2013's Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network?
He added in his People interview:
"There have been times where I've worked to avoid the rest of my life. I don't do that anymore. Before, I was only worth whatever I was working on at any given moment in time. Now I think I like me better."
Sage advice, Alton. And I don't mean the herb.
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