When he decided to have his own cooking show, he attended the New England Culinary Institute, graduating in 1995. Although he claims to have been a poor science student in high school and college, it was during this culinary training that he began to began to understand science because he felt the need to understand the underlying processes of cooking.
His dog, Matilda, a basset mix, has appeared on "Good Eats" (1999) playing herself. Specifically, in the episode "Good Eats: Casserole Over (#6.12)" (2003).
Daughter, Zoey was born in 1999. Zoey has appeared in numerous episodes of Good Eats.
Occasionally annoyed professors at the New England Culinary Institute by constantly asking what ingredients did in recipes. This is the same information "Good Eats" (1999) is famous for offering its viewers. The NECI now gets applications on which prospective students say they want to learn "to cook like Alton Brown".