Johnny traveled to Europe in 1998 where he apprenticed in some of France’s finest pâtisseries, including the famed Ladurée in Paris under Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé.
He also completed an intensive two-week chocolate course at L’Ecole DGF du Chocolat et Pâtisserie.
Alton Brown’s flair in the kitchen developed early with guidance from his mother and grandmother, a budding culinary talent he skillfully used later “as a way to get dates” in college.
Although his primary focus at the restaurant was in savory, Johnny frequently visited the pastry kitchen to marvel as Pastry Chef Eric Gouteyron piped chocolate butterflies.
Alton wrote, produced, and hosted the show for 13 years for The Food Network.
Brown has written seven books including “I’m Just Here for the Food” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2002), which won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Cookbook in the Reference category, in 2002 and the massive three volume companion to Good Eats, each of which made the New York Times best seller list.
As Johnny’s fascination with pastry grew, he began assisting Chef Eric after completing his regular shifts in the kitchen.
Johnny eventually moved to pastry full-time, cementing his desire to pursue a career as a pastry chef.