Born Edward R. Allen, Ted Allen is an American writer and television personality. He was the go-to food and wine expert on Bravo network's Emmy Award-winning program Queer Eye (formerly Queer Eye for the Straight Guy). He is now a host on the Food Network for Chopped, a culinary competition in which four chefs per mo episode attempt to cook their way through three courses to win a $10,000 prize, and Food Detectives, which uses scientific experiments to test myths about certain selected foods.
In 2003 Allen gained great public notoriety, when he became a cast member of the hit reality television series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as their food and wine specialist. He made numerous television appearances as a gourmet, and was a frequent guest judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Starting May 7, 2007 Allen hosted a six-part PBS documentary entitled "Uncorked: Wine Made Simple." In June of 2007, he began appearing as a regular judge on seasons 3 and 4 of Bravo's reality television series Top Chef, after making several guest judge appearances during the first two seasons. Allen left Bravo Network in 2008, after Food Network offered him the host job on Food Detectives, which debuted in July, 2008, and Chopped, which is currently in it's fourteenth season. Since his move to the Food Network, Allen has made guest appearances on many of its programs, such as Paula's Party and multiple episodes of Best Thing I Ever Ate, Dear Food Network, and The Next Food Network Star. In November of 2008, Allen returned to Iron Chef America as a floor reporter for the show's Thanksgiving special.
- Esquire's 'Things A Man Should Know About Style' (with Scott Omelianuk)
- Esquire's 'Things A Man Should Know About Marriage' (with Scott Omelianuk)
- Esquire's 'Things A Man Should Know About Sex' (with Scott Omelianuk)
- Esquire's 'Things A Man Should Know About Handshakes, White Lies and Which Fork Goes Where: Easy Business Etiquette for Complicated Times' (with Scott Omelianuk)
- Co-author, 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better'
- 'The Food You Want To Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes'
- National Magazine Award nomination for an article on male breast cancer in Esquire.
- Contributed to an Esquire food series which was a finalist in the National Magazine Awards.
- Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality Program" (producers and cast: Queer Eye)
- Emmy Nomination for "Outstanding Reality Program" (producers and cast: Queer Eye)