Cooking show personality Alton Brown to dish out food facts and fun on OU campus

Alton Brown, creator and host of the award-winning Food Network show “Good Eats,” will serve his culinary expertise, creativity, humor and enthusiasm to an Oakland University audience during a lecture set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the O’rena.

Sponsored by the Student Life Lecture Board, the OU Alumni Association and the Oakland Press, the event will add a fun and unique presentation to the Student Life Lecture series.

“Alton Brown was the students’ first choice for this year’s lecture series,” said Paul Franklin, OU coordinator of campus programs. Noting that Brown would be able to speak specifically about the science of cooking, Franklin added, “the students were just thrilled with that concept.”

Boasting a diverse array of professional experience — including work as a cinematographer, author and actor — Brown also is the host of the miniseries “Feasting on Asphalt” and “Feasting on Waves,” and is the main commentator on “Iron Chef America.” He has written several cooking how-to books and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit and Men’s Journal magazines.

Since graduating from the New England Culinary Institute in 1997, Brown has built a considerable fan base not only by sharing his skills and knowledge, but by seasoning his presentations with creative, tongue-in-cheek references to pop culture. He had a conversation with the cartoon character “Wimpy” during a show about hamburgers, for example.

Tickets for current OU students, faculty and staff are free, while tickets for their guests and students at high schools and other colleges are $5. Tickets for the general public are $10. Tickets will be available at the Center for Student Activities Service Window, 49 Oakland Center starting Monday, Aug. 10.

For more information, call (248) 370-2400 or e-mail to csa@oakland.edu.