Ted Allen

Ted Allen


5/20/1965, Columbus, Ohio

Birth Name

Edward Allen


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Ted Allen was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, in a conservative middle class family, the eldest of two (he has a younger sister). His love of cooking emerged at a young age, inspired by the food his southern mother would…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In college, Ted was the lead singer and keyboard player in a punk rock band named Mrs Magrooder.

    • Ted is of English and Welsh descent.

    • In 2004, Ted wrote a one-act play based on his experiences on Queer Eye, which was performed at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.

    • Ted was raised in a religious Christian, conservative household, but now describes himself as an atheist and very liberal.

    • Ted is an active member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the Human Rights Campaign.

    • In 2004, Ted's alma mater, Purdue University, awarded Ted as one of their Distinguished Alumni.

    • Ted has two cats, Maggie and Big Daddy, named after characters from his partner's favorite movie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

    • Ted shares his life with his longterm partner (they have been together since 1993), Barry Rice (a journalism professor-turned-interior decorator). They are registered Domestic Partners and regard themselves as married.

    • In October 2005 Ted published a cookbook, The Food You Want To Eat.
      Previously, Ted co-authored five books as part of Esquire magazine's Things a Man Should Know... series.

  • Quotes

  • "SALT"

    Come on?? If the only thing one of your "JUDGE" can say is "Should have used more salt", He?She is an IDIOT. Salt is good but think I heard "Salk" in to much can Kill/
  • Personality with wit!

    We first came to know Ted Allen on the tv show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" among the fab five as they were called in cooking, grooming, clothing, culture, house design. But since that show has left the air, Ted has broken away and has done shows like "Iron Chef America" and "Top Chef" as I think that the guy deserves his own show. Even though I don't agree with is lifestyle at all, still, he is a funny and lovable kind of guy that brings a lot even though he is given very little. He does his best to make the most of it!moreless