Alton Brown: All Tied Up

Alton Brown told FN Dish that he brings with him 30 ties while filming The Next Iron Chef. Check out a collection of his top tie moments and best neckwear.

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Mr. Brown, Businessman

Not only is Alton Brown a food-science guru, longtime host of Iron Chef America and respected judge-mentor on Food Network Star, but he's also a designer, having just launched a line of bow ties for men with hook & Albert called The Alton Brown Collection. "Basically, these are ties I wanted for myself but couldn't find," he told Food Network. 

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Longtime Fan

Alton's passion for bow ties isn't new; he's been photographed wearing them for years, like in this photo from Food Network Star, Season 8.

Brand Image

"They're eccentric but wearable and very clothes-friendly," Alton explained of his collection of bow ties. 

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Black and White

This simple but stylish piece consists of just two basic colors but would pair well with a colorful suit and shirt. Alton says of his hopes for his new line: "What we've done with this collection is hopefully made bow ties that will even appeal to guys who have never given bow ties a thought." 

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Seeing Stripes

When he revealed the Dial of Doom to the Season 9 Star finalists, Alton wore a dusty-gray suit and red-and-cream-striped bow tie.

Harvest Hues

Thanks to this color matchup, Alton's proved that oranges and reds are simply better together. 

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Simply Covered Slate

Alton opted for a neutral ensemble at the judges' table, dressing up his gray suit with a similarly colored bow tie, featuring a basic navy print.

Mixing and Matching

Although Alton's combined several different designs here — plaid, print and checkered — he's able to pull off the look since they all include different shades of two colors: purple and brown.

Caramel Camouflage

While most camo print is dark green and black, Alton softened the look with earth tones, like light brown and tan. 

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Complementary Palate

Alton designed this ensemble around two colors — orange and blue — and featured them in different shades in his shirt, sweater, jacket, bow tie and handkerchief.

Visual Interest

While the front of this bow tie is colored crimson, the back features red-and-orange diamond shapes, and when folded, bits of the print pop through, drawing in the eye. 

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Pattern Tradeoff

Since he's wearing a plaid jacket, Alton chose to keep the bow tie simple during a Food Network Star Mentor Challenge, opting for a maroon color with a barely visible design.

Bold Meets Basic

Thanks to the dark tones of the blues, reds and tans on this bow tie, the look doesn't feel overwhelming, even though they come together in a busy print. 

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Animal Effect

It may be difficult to make out the print on Alton's golden bow tie here, but when viewed closely, it reveals light-blue dancing monkeys.

Slice of Sun

The bright colors in this bow tie work together to offer a dressed-up look overall. 

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Ready for Battle

With this red and white striped piece, Alton is prepped for Kitchen Stadium.

Opposites Attract

Various shapes and patterns complement one another in his double-stripe tie and checkered suit.

Pink Peanut Gallery

The dark maroon tie stands out nicely against Alton's light-pink shirt.

Sporting Stripes

Subtle pink stripes add a refreshing pop of brightness to his sand-colored suit.

Plain and Simple

The busy prints and colors of Alton's shirt necessitate a simple tie selection.

Perfect Polka Dots

Tiny blue dots add color and texture to his silken, silver tie.

Sunset Shades

Rich golden-orange tones complement Alton's earth-colored ensemble.

Silken Selection

Deep navy-blue silk is a classic pick that pairs perfectly with almost any shirt or suit.

Bright in Blue

This royal-blue tie adds a splash of color to Alton's slate-colored suit.

Stripes on Squares

Alton pulls off a mix of patterns in his shirt and tie by choosing an unadorned jacket.

Right in Red

Alton's rich red tie offers a welcome color contrast to his baby-blue shirt.

Polka Dots on Pinstripes

Alton picks a dark tie with tiny dots to wear with his classic pinstripe shirt.

A Tie and Kitchen Tool

This navy number pulls together Alton's entire look and even brings out the richness of the mustard-colored kitchenware.

Want More Alton?

Get to know Alton in his bio, and tune in to Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef America to see him on TV.

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