Celebrity chef Alton Brown is a man of passion – a quick glance at his TV shows would tell you that. And perhaps his greatest passion is for the woman he would eventually ask to marry him. In September 2018 Brown spilled all the details to the magazine Architectural Digest, explaining the circumstances under which the pair met.
Brown has had an intriguing career in entertainment. He actually majored in film at college, and at first he struck out as a cinematographer. R.E.M.’s promo video for “The One I Love” is partly his work, for example. But his true calling was that of celebrity chef. His show Good Eats debuted in 1998, and by the following year it was being shown on the Food Network.
At that time, Brown’s wife was a woman called DeAnna, who was one of Good Eats’ producers. They had a daughter together in 1999, but the relationship didn’t last. The couple eventually divorced in 2015, although Brown – who values his privacy – didn’t make any public statements about their separation.
But a new relationship for Brown was just around the corner. And it all began with a shared love of architecture. At around the time that Brown’s divorce was being finalized, he was checking out Atlanta restaurants and approving of their fine designs. And these restaurants were all designed by the same woman.
This was Elizabeth Ingram, a hugely popular and successful designer. When news got back to her that Alton Brown liked her restaurant work, she didn’t actually know who he was. However, she soon would do. In 2016 she decided to go to a signing for Brown’s book EveryDayCook. And there, he gave her his card.
Brown’s intention in giving Ingram his card was, at first, simply business-related. He’d bought a residence in Georgia, but he had neglected to view the interior first. “I closed within ten days, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I may have made a really bad decision here,’” he told Architectural Digest in September 2018. Nevertheless, this seemingly poor decision would turn out to be a very good one.
Brown subsequently began emailing Ingram about the situation, hoping for her professional help. “There may be an upgrade in our working relationship: from a small apartment in an office to a big loft,” he told her. And there would shortly be an upgrade in their non-working relationship, too.
The project took seven months, and over the course of that time Brown and Ingram fell in love. Although Brown wasn’t always around, having filming commitments for his shows, the twosome kept in touch via social media. “We benefited from Pinterest, text and getting to know each other that way,” Ingram explained.
It turned out that Brown and Ingram had a lot in common. “She dropped a lot of lines from obscure movies that I love, like one from Blade Runner one day,” Brown recalled. And furthermore, they worked very well together. “[Brown] trusted me as a professional and as a creative professional, which he also is,” Ingram said.
“At some point, meetings turned into dates,” Brown explained. “I’m not going to lie – and I can’t put my finger on when it was – I started looking forward to seeing her more than the space.” With regards as to why their working relationship went so well, he added, “Elizabeth is a very good listener, and she learned a lot about me.”
By April 2018 the apartment was finished – and the pair were engaged. Then they embarked on doing many of the typical things that a new couple do, such as adopting an animal. They came across the Instagram account of a mistreated rescue dog, which had been set up by the Atlanta Humane Society, and they decided to adopt her. Her name was Abigail, although she was sometimes referred to by the nickname Scabigail.
“I can’t remember if I saw Scabigail first or if Elizabeth did,” Brown told Atlanta magazine. “We follow a lot of rescue organizations, so one of us just saw her and showed it to the other, and then we started following her and then realized she was available for adoption. That was that.”
In September 2018 Brown gave an interview to Us Weekly about an agreement he’d made for the wedding. Or, more specifically, the wedding meal. “I’m not cooking one bit of it,” Brown said. “That’s the key to enjoying your own wedding: don’t cook the food. Have other people do everything.”
And come October 2018 Brown and Ingram finally got married. Brown revealed what had taken place through a series of Instagram posts. First of all, he posted a picture of Scabigail next to some champagne. “Mom and dad got married on a boat and all I got was a glass of weird fizzy stuff,” he captioned the image.
Brown’s fans flooded the post with messages of congratulations. “May you all create wonderful memories, share lots of laughter and snuggles together,” one comment stated. “I love you both separately for your art, but this is a power couple that I LOVE! I wish you happiness and more dogs!” read another.
Brown also, of course, posted about the wedding food – and he complemented the chefs. “Want to thank @chubbyfishchs in #Charleston for the special brunch yesterday,” he wrote. “The food, based on local by-catch, was one of the best meals I can remember. The shrimp and rice was my favorite, though I obviously didn’t get a clear shot of it.”
Although the menu for Brown and Ingram’s wedding was supposed to be private, some details did leak out. Indeed, The Post and Courier reported that the nuptials included a lot of fancy food. Guests apparently ate beef with salsa verde, red snapper, trotter trumpets, oysters and caviar. What else would you expect from a celebrity chef?
Brown also shared some pictures of the wedding itself. It seemed like the event had been a pretty casual affair, despite taking place on a boat. “Yeah, we wore sneakers. #mybouquetwasabloodymary,” Brown wrote on Instagram. Another photo showed the newly married pair holding their beloved dogs.
Ingram posted a few pictures on her social media accounts as well. “So that happened,” she captioned a photo of herself and her new groom. Another showed Ingram looking delighted while sporting a second wedding outfit. A third image drew more speculation, though. It was a shot that looked to be snapped from an airplane. Perhaps it depicted the couple heading off on honeymoon?
No matter what the newlyweds are up to now, it’s bound to be an absolutely thrilling time for the spouses. Once Brown and Ingram have enjoyed their vacation, they both have extremely successful careers and a gorgeous new apartment to come home to. “Quite frankly, I think we’ll be a good married couple,” Brown told Architectural Digest. “Because we already know what that collaboration looks like.”