Emmy Award-winner Ted Allen is host of the hit Food Network series “Chopped”, and also hosts a new competition for amateurs, “America’s Best Cook,” debuting in April 2014. He is a contributing writer for Esquire magazine, and the author of two cookbooks, including the most recent, “In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks.”
Previously, Ted was a series regular on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo series “Queer Eye,” which was nominated twice for an Emmy and won the award in 2004. He is author of an earlier cookbook, “The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes” (Clarkson-Potter), a collection of vibrant, all-natural dishes, and coauthor of the New York Times Best Selling companion book to the “Queer Eye” series.
Ted won a 2012 James Beard Award for his work hosting “Chopped;” the show itself also received a Beard for best in-studio program. He also was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for an Esquire feature on the little-known phenomenon of male breast cancer. Ted also writes for such publications as Bon Appétit, Epicurious and Food Network Magazine. Before joining Esquire, Ted was a senior editor at Chicago magazine.
Ted works with several charitable organizations, including the James Beard Foundation, for which he hosted a “Taste America” fundraising event in Miami in 2013. This year marks his seventh as spokesperson for Dining Out For Life, an annual national fundraiser in which restaurants across the country donate a portion of their proceeds to HIV/AIDS service groups, raising more than $4 million in a single day. Ted also supports the Point Foundation, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, the Food Bank for New York City, and the Washington D.C. Central Kitchen, and serves on the Food Council for City Harvest, which rescues unused products from New York restaurants and gets them to needy families.
Ted holds an M.A. in journalism from New York University, with an advanced certificate in the school’s Science and Environmental Reporting Program, and a B.A. in psychology from Purdue University. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, interior designer Barry Rice.