Star Spotlight: Ted Allen

Ted Allen dishes his lifestyle tips to Food Network Magazine.

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Get to Know Ted

The Chopped host tells us about his essential jeans — and the secret ingredient in his 10-second hairstyle.


Slip-On Sneakers

“When we’re shooting, I’m on my feet for the whole day—an episode takes 12 hours — so comfort is key. My go-tos are laceless Converse All Stars by John Varvatos. Some people think sneakers are not OK with suits. I don’t care.”

Press On

“Aaron Ssnchez gave me a tortilla press and I love it. Fresh corn tortillas are super easy and they’re so much better than store-bought. The secret: Line the press with two pieces of plastic cut from a freezer bag and the tortilla will peel right off.”


Lean Jeans

“Kitty Boots has been my stylist since Queer Eye, and she puts me in Levi’s 511 jeans — slim, but not skinny.”


Close Shave

“Food Network and I agreed a long time ago that my look should be consistent, so you’ll only see me with a beard during five-part tournaments, which shoot over consecutive days. Then, off it goes. I moisturize after shaving with Kiehl’s Facial Fuel, which has just a little bit of wake-up menthol in it.”


Split-Second Hairstyle

“I use a matte gum by Schwarzkopf called Mess Up, which pretty much sums up my hairstyle. I like it short and easy; my hair takes 10 seconds.”


Signature Glasses

“I’ve worn glasses since fifth grade. I like frames that have style but aren’t so outrageous that they’re all people see. I have five or six pairs, but I especially like these — they look like wood but are actually plastic.”


Speed Demon

“A couple years ago, my husband, Barry, and I spotted a used 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S and suddenly I needed a radar detector. Our car has a 400-horsepower, naturally aspirated flat six and a seven-speed manual transmission. The power and cornering are incredible.”