I interviewed Alton Brown!

Alton Brown Interview | foxeslovelemons.com
So,  I was on vacation in Seattle (all the details on that next week!), and, even though I should NOT have been peeking at work e-mail, I did. There was a message from my editor at The Oakland Press asking if I wanted to interview Alton Brown! His stage show is making a stop in Detroit, and apparently, by doing like, one restaurant review a month, I was the default “food writer” qualified for this.

Except, I was not at all qualified. I had never interviewed anyone before, let alone a real-deal food celebrity that I’d been watching on the Food Network for half my life. Regardless, it was happening. And just a few days after I got back from vacation.
Alton Brown Interview | foxeslovelemons.com

Of course, this happened at a time when I was at an all-time creativity low. What the heck should I ask him? I frantically asked friends and readers for help. I was told Alton would call me at promptly 5:15, and at 5:14, my phone rang. Ahhhhhhh!

I’m sure he could tell I was super nervous, and it felt verrrrry awkward at the time, but it wasn’t so terrible. We bonded over our love for beets and brussels sprouts, and we chatted a bit about playing the saxophone (he still plays, I’m a quitter). I called him an “evil villain” for his hosting duties on “Cutthroat Kitchen.” He told me he hates cupcakes, and I played it cool and pretended like I don’t make cupcakes all of the time. And at one point, my dog did a parade around my chair while squeaking her loudest toy. My professionalism standards are unparalleled.

Read my interview with Alton Brown for The Oakland Press HERE.

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