Alton Brown cooks up a show on the PPAC stage

Alton Brown cooks up a show on the PPAC stage

Alton Brown, star of the Food Network's "Good Eats," will perform "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 21.

Alton Brown's career has been a self-professed "winding road." The Food Network star's path has included earning a degree in theater, working as a cinematographer and commercial director, and completing a rigorous training at the New England Culinary Institute.

"I fixated on doing a better food show," said Brown in our recent phone interview. "I got to be the filmmaker I wanted to be, just focused on food."

Brown is the creator of "Good Eats," which ran on the Food Network for 13 years. His new food-based game show, "Cutthroat Kitchen," is also enjoying some success on the Food Network. And on Friday, Feb. 21, Brown will bring his newest creation, "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour," to the Providence Performing Arts Center.

"It's a culinary variety show," says Brown, and it's been six years in the making. "We've got everything from puppets to two very large and very unusual culinary demonstrations. My trio and I will be doing some songs. We'll have general hijinks."

Brown won't give too much away, but he does say the culinary demonstrations will feature "extreme cold, and extreme heat."

When Brown was working on "Good Eats," he did a lot of live shows, "but I never had the time to mount a touring show. When you do something big, you really need to tour it to make the money back. Some of our demonstration pieces are expensive."

The show, according to Brown, is family-friendly. "I like families to come to these shows. We've always been proud of being fun for all ages. When I see families come, that's when I feel that we're doing our best work. We're not going to keep everyone out really late, and we're not going to say or do anything to offend."

Brown is tight-lipped about the audience interaction part of the show. "There will be volunteers brought up on the stage. That's all I'm going to say. And they will be provided protective gear." That last part was delivered with a chuckle.

"Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" appears at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 21. For tickets and details, call 401-421-ARTS or visit www.ppacri.org.

Alton Brown, star of the Food Network's "Good Eats," will perform "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 21.