So, it turns out Alton Brown tweets back.
He. Reads. His. Tweets.
And perhaps I’m a little unnerved humored by the fact that he may have but probably didn’t read my blog post from earlier this week where I suggested that his attitude might improve if he put on 10 pounds.
You know, because sometimes I get cranky when I get too hungry, and perhaps that’s affecting his temperament? That.
On Wednesday I asked people if they thought Alton Brown’s persona on Food Network Star was the real “him.” If it was genuine.
Others were quick to point out that editing is everything, and perhaps the snippets we’re seeing on the show aren’t showing the full picture of what Alton and the other coaches are dealing with.
I’d have to surmise that the pressure of coaching both individuals and a team to Food Network greatness is enormous. Compounded with being under the microscopic scrutiny of your loving viewers, that pressure can make for a tense situation (to put it lightly), and an uber-intense personality.
And guess what? Alton Brown himself confirmed just that when he TWEETED ME BACK TODAY.
I was at lunch with my sister when I saw this [above] tweet.
I was omigosh so very very very a little excited to see that he took eight seconds out of his busy Food Network life to write back and confirm that the person on “Food Network Star” IS really him. That’s his personality: the good, the bad and the ugly. The stressed, worried, uncertain, (maybe a little grumpy), under extreme pressure, Alton.
I’ve never denied my inherent geeky-ness. Star Trek: The Next Generation was one of my favorite shows growing up. So, to be giddy about something like a tweet from Alton didn’t surprise my sister at all.
Actually she was geekily-giddy right along with me. Because we’re both huge Alton Brown fans, and have been for years.
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