Elton Brown reveals why he left Food Network for Netflix

Popular celebrity chef Alton Brown has revealed why he chose Netflix as his new home. Brown has officially left the Food Network after 21 years with Iron Chef: In Search of the Iron Legendnew series of Iron Chef competitions, which he leads with Kristen Kish, the winner of the 10th season Best Chef.

Since joining the Food Network in the late 90s, Brown has hosted several series including Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and many other shows on the Food Network and Cooking Channel. Brown quietly left the network after his last contract with the channel expired in 2020.

In a recent interview with Diversity per Iron Chef: In Search of the Iron LegendAlton Brown (along with Kish and Eitan Keller) said he was intrigued by Netflix’s decision years ago to reboot iron chef and instantly became a fan of the project. “It took some persuasion from many different people. But I knew the show was going to happen and I was sick of jealousy at the thought of being on the wrong network at the wrong time.” Brown said Diversity.

“One day my agent finally called me after I had been picking on him almost daily and that was it. That was done. I never thought about anything else. solution. Time has just determined that I was able to extricate myself from this.” After significant success in Japanese television, where the show was created by Fuji Televisioniron chef premiered on the Food Network in 2005. Netflix picked up the series after the Food Network didn’t renew it after 13 seasons.

Executive producer and director iron chefEitan Keller told Variety that he met Brown when the show debuted on the Food Network: “I actually acquired the international rights to iron chefso I wasn’t just involved with Scripps at the time, and I had the option of getting North American rights if the Food Network decided not to reorder,” Keller explained.

“We were all lucky with our luck that they decided they weren’t going to move forward.” So that triggered my choice and then a lot of work started on how to make it different so it’s not just the same show on a different platform.”

Although Keller said he was considering airing the show and had offers, “I just felt the best home for this would be Netflix, both in terms of creativity and how they reacted in the room.” The global aspect of it and being able to reposition this show around the world is amazing.”

Keller said he was “lucky” that the show was not renewed by the Food Network. “We’ve been doing this for the Food Network for almost 13 years, and we’ve been constantly asking them to reinvent certain elements in the format and change the environment, and improve and update Kitchen Stadium,” he said. “The uniqueness of it was fading away. We made a lot of proposals and they didn’t want to go in that direction.”

“For a long time we tried to convince Food Network to re-order it and gave them various format changes and options to update it and make it work and a lot of those changes weren’t ones that would increase the budget so it wasn’t a budget consideration. but they just moved in a different direction for some reason. All of these platforms have a reason to say yes or no and have decided that their arc for Iron Chef is complete.”

The biggest benefit of Netflix’s streaming model, according to Brown, “… is that there’s no commercial break every four minutes… It allows for more detailed storytelling, so it’s a game-changer,” he said. “Secondly, because it’s streaming, people can gobble it all up, and that allows us to create story arcs that are longer than one episode. From a storytelling standpoint, it’s just radically different.”

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