Iron Chef’ host Alton Brown to perform in Tampa
Alton Brown is making the jump from the TV screen to the Tampa stage. The quirky host of Food Network shows such as “Good Eats” and “Iron Chef America” is hitting the road with “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour,” which stops at the Straz Center on March 1. The show will be a mix of “stand-up comedy, talk show antics, live music and food experimentation” and promises that “ponchos will be involved,” according to a news release from the Straz Center. The show will also feature an interactive component, giving audience members a chance to assist Brown on stage.Brown, who won a James Beard award in 2011 for Best Food TV Personality, has written several best-selling books based on “Good Eats” and is known for his focus on cooking science and unorthodox experimentation. “I've been cultivating material for this show for about a decade so it'll feel pretty darned good to finally get it out of my head and onto a stage,” he said in a statement. “I feel we’ve come up with some pretty amazing food demos, and the multi-media segments are solid … but I do have to say, I'm a bit nervous about the singing parts.” The tour is being produced by MagicSpace Entertainment, which has produced a number of major Broadway shows and concerts, including national tours by Janet Jackson, Cher and the cast of TV’s “Mythbusters.” Tickets for the show, which start at $35, go on sale June 7 at noon through strazcenter.org, the Straz box office at 1010 N. Macinnes Place, or by calling (813) 229-7827. VIP packages including a pre-show meet and greet with Brown will be available for $75.